Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Review: Love & Leftovers

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Publication Date: December 27th 2011
Genre: YA Contemporary
Pages: 432


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 & Leftovers is a cute, hypnotic fast of a read with a twist.

Not only is this book a YA Contemporary but it is also a book written in verse. And I have never, ever read a book in verse. So thank you Mrs. Tregay for making my first an experience I'll never forget. Because of this and how enjoyable it was, in the first day of reading it I got through 3/4 of the book, and you don't even know how big my lips became into a smile. Or maybe you do? Feeling like you accomplished something just by reading a great book.

Marcie was sweet but vulnerable and we all know vulnerability can get you in some troubling situations. With finding out her father is now gay and her mother making them move a few states over, a girl can get lonely. Especially if you didn't forge any friendships since you just knew you would be moving back, right? Wrong, poor Marice gets stuck to having to go to a new High School because of her mothers running away from her problems with her husband.

And now she finds a problem herself. A boy. At first they start as friends but she's longing for this certain touch, need and her and that boy start to slowly to become more than friends. But Marcie has a boyfriend back home, where she left her father, however she starts to guess his sexuality. And maybe that thought is caused by her father's new choices.

So, because long distant relationships never really work out she lets herself fall for this new guy, J.D. Truthfully, I kind of fell for him too. Just a little bit. He's sweet, fun, and perfect. However, a little to perfect for Marcie's liking sometimes.

But when her mom thinks she's getting a little too close to J.D she decides to send her back to her father. I love the way her and her father talked to each other. You definitely could tell they had a great bond. Completely different from her and her mother.

Here you get more of the leftovers, (I love that, the leftovers) totally how me and my friends were. It was easy to connect with them, I think most everybody can in a way. But with her arrival and secrets things start to go wrong for her and her friends.

I loved all the leftovers. Each very different from the other but they all work well together. Katie- her anime crazy best friend, was fun to read about and her own little romance that was going on too. And sometimes Marcie wished she had that.

Overall it was great, addicting at times. And honestly I didn't really care whom Marcie ended up with. I liked them both, however you see more of the other- so, good luck chosing for youself. :) Perfect for any hopeless romantics out there or people whom love to smile at sweet, hopefull romances.

Two birds, One stone

Happy Reading Everybody!

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