Dec 202011

Title: Love & Leftovers
Author: Sarah Tregay
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books, an imprint of HarperCollins
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Pages: 448
Source: ARC from publisher

From HarperCollins:
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.

The only verse books I have read are by Ellen Hopkins, and I wanted to branch out a bit because I really like the way verse books flow. When I saw Love & Leftovers I thought it would be a perfect way to start my adventure into more of what the verse world could offer.

While I enjoyed Love & Leftovers as a whole, I just couldn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked. Even though verse books are fast reads, I feel like you can still connect with the characters just as much, if not more, than a “regular” book. This didn’t happen for me, even though Marcie went through some major emotional events during the book.

I did enjoy reading about the group of Leftovers, including Marcie’s boyfriend, Linus, and Marcie’s best friend, Katie. For me they were the highlight of the book and played a big role in my enjoyment of the book.

If you haven’t read a verse book and are thinking of trying one, I would recommend this book because I think it’s a good jumping point to get used to the style and flow of verse.

  4 Responses to “Review: Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay”

  1. I ended up really enjoying Love & Leftovers, but I think that’s because I felt a connection with Marcie, partially because of her whole getting really into running — which I am starting to do as well (to the point of craving a run before I write reviews because I think better afterwards), so maybe that heightened my enjoyment. I’m sorry you did not feel that connection :-(

    ALSO I feel ya on the whole wanting to find more free verse books!

  2. I loved it…minus that part about CHEATING. HATE HATE HATE.

  3. blurg – bummed you didn’t feel a connection with Marcie. BUT you’re so right, this is a great intro to the genre.


  4. You are a far better woman than I am! I just can’t seem to get into books written in verse. I’m glad you enjoyed it. :)

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