Return to Paradise by Simone Elkeles
Separated by the car accident that left Maggie with a permanent disability and sent driver Caleb to jail for hitting her, the two teens are surprised to encounter each other in Re-START, a month long program where teens talk about the ways their lives were changed by reckless driving. Everyone wants to keep them apart, but when they end up in a van with four other teens and a program counselor, sparks fly again. Is a month long enough to undo the damage inflicted by the accident, their families, and each other?
This is the second book in a series about two teenagers: a girl who was hit by a car and left permanently disabled, and the guy who went to prison for hitting her.
DO NOT read this one first. Just do not! Not only do I recommend you read these books in order, but I recommend reading them one after the other, close together. That’s what I did, and I’m so happy I chose to. While the first book can work on its own, it’s going to leave you wanting a happier ending, and Return to Paradise delivers it.
This is a very different kind of book to the first one, but I liked it. There’re some moments here I can’t talk about without giving away spoilers, but some scenes in this one are the very scenes you probably wanted to read in the first book. The revelations, the admissions. Two big things you wish came to light in Leaving Paradise are dealt with here.
Simone Elkeles writes some great YA fiction. This is another one I enjoyed.