Thursday, April 12, 2012

Review: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 448 pages
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (December 27, 2011)
ISBN-10: 0062023586
ISBN-13: 978-0062023582
                           4 Butterflies

My Wish
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy daydream-worthy love.
(If only it were that easy.)
Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer--from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She's left behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father.
By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "summer vacation" has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you've lost it?
Love & Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl's journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.

My Thoughts:

I adore novels in verse, so of course I had to read Love and Leftovers as soon as I possibly could.  I was expecting something light and fun, but what I found was that Love and Leftovers was a great contemporary that dealt with some real issues and did it well.  

Marcie is pulled away from her home and her modge-podge group of friends, that she calls the leftovers, and her boyfriend, and moved out to their family summer home in New Hampshire.  What is supposed to be for the summer ends up being much longer and Marcie is enrolled in school.  While Marcie is so lonely and upset, she soon meets this sweet and adorable boy who brings her breakfast and coffee and just doesn't seem to go away.  It's not long before they start a sweet whirlwind romance.

OK, normally I hate books that have characters that cheat.  I hate the characters that cheat.  Love and Leftovers really dealt with that issue in a way that I just couldn't hate Marcie.  I really liked her, and felt for her situation and what she was going through.  Sarah Tregay also really dealt with issues of intimacy from a girl's level that I ADORED!!!

Love and Leftovers was a great contemporary verse novel that was cute and fun, but also had depth and edge.  Full of a great mix of characters that were relateable and entertaining, and verse that was smooth and flowed.  I recommend picking this one up next time you're in the mood for a good contemporary or verse book!
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  1. I'll have to give this a try. I've never read anything in verse before.

    1. Melissa, verse is such a quick great break in between the big books!! :)

  2. I just finished reviewing this one today myself! So now I can read your review! <3 I agree with you about the way the cheating was handled. This is only my second verse novel!

  3. The summary goodreads has is so short so it is nice to know more about it. Glad you liked it. Thanks for the review :)

  4. I really need to read this soon! It sounds so fun.


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