Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay – REVIEW

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Release Date: December 27th, 2011
HarperCollins, 432 Pages
Sub-genre: Contemporary
Source: Advance Reader Copy
Age Group: Young Adult

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.

Love and Leftovers follows Marcie as she gets used to the idea that her “summer” vacation to New Hampshire has become her new permanent residence, after her parents get separated. This is mainly the story about how Marcie deals with this move; how her friendships and her relationships are affected.

My FIRST VERSE novel! I was SO excited. I didn’t know what I’d be in for, but I really enjoyed it and I feel like this really set the bar high for future verse novels. I was amazed at how easy it was to follow the story of Marcie even though each page has a concise and tight thought.

I liked the story of Marcie and I really liked how much she grew throughout the novel. Did she make the “right choices”? No, not by any means but she learned from her mistakes and I appreciated her honesty (at the end). Also, the theme of the book is one that really resonated with me: Can you truly know what love is, unless you’ve lost it? An age old question tackled in a modern world and I loved it!

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