WOW! Awesome book! Ok I’ll admit I was very skeptical when I started because the theme and story behind the book seemed a little familiar. Since I had just read The Fifth Rule a couple of weeks ago – I thought uh-oh.. another boy hurts girl, goes to jail and fate intervenes and forces them together. Well… yes the story may be very similar but this book had a different effect on me – how do I describe it… Ok Ok – I cried my eyes out on parts – so I guess you could say this book elicited a very strong emotional response from me.
As I’ve noted before – this is a story about boy gets drunk, hurts girls, goes to juvenile detention and as fate would have it, they’re thrown together a year after that fateful night. However… this story has a number of twists that make it to irresistible. And no! I’m not giving any of them away 🙂
Ages: 14 and up
“… ‘I see. Well, dearie, maybe one day your luck will change.’
Yeah, right. All I need is a little magic dust and a fairy godmother. I’m not holding my breath for either of those.” p. 77
“I walk over to the boxes and do the spider-scan….. I don’t even see the spiders. It’s like they’re undercover spies until their prey struggles, hopelessly stuck in the web.” p. 137
Elkeles, Simone. (2010). Leaving Paradise. Woodbury, MN: Flux Llewellyn Publications.
Author website: http://www.simoneelkeles.net/