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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. Only Caleb and Maggie know that although he did the time, he didn’t commit the crime. Is a month long enough to undo the damage inflicted by the accident, their families, and each other?

This sequel to Leaving Paradise (2007) continues the alternating-chapter approach, which invites readers to experience the story from both perspectives. Elkeles also sticks to the Midwestern setting and briefly brings back a few characters from the first book. The language is spare, and no time is wasted on peripheral or tangential information, lending a starkness to the story. This novel will appeal both to boys, for Caleb’s toughness and his situation, and girls, for the steamy romance.

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  • New York Times Bestseller
  • 2011 YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Young Adult Readers
  • 2010 Nominee for the Cybils Literary Award
  • 2010 Winner of the Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award for Best Young Adult Novel


Brazil: Editora Underworld
Spain: Versatil
France: La Martiniere
Germany: Bertelsmann Jugenbuch Verlag
Turkey: Artemis
UK: Simon & Schuster


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