Review: Love and Leftovers

in a sentence or so: Marcie and her mother move away after they spot her father in public with a boyfriend. Marcie is alone, lonely, starting a new school, trying to keep her mother sane and keep her life together.

Marcie has the best group of friends a girl could ask for in Boise. the trouble is, she's not in Boise. she doesn't get to spend day in and day out with her quirky best friend Katie, her amazing boyfriend Linus, and the rest of the ragtag group affectionately called The Leftovers. instead she's trying to figure out how to eat, shower, and prepare herself for a brand new school while her mother slips in and out of ambien comas.

what starts out as a temporary move is looking more and more permanent. while Marcie isn't exactly making new best friends, she is starting to settle in to the new apartment and doing what she can to survive a new school. including debating whether or not to encourage the affections of a charming redheaded boy.

i adore novels in verse because it adds an emotional depth without being overwhelming. it's a creative and insightful way to utilize the first person narrator without it being repetitive and two dimensional. Marcie is thrust into anxiety, change, confusion and high emotions and is dealing with it almost completely by herself. she is desperate to find strength, understanding, and compassion - and we, as the reader, are desperate for her to find that as well.

if you haven't read a novel in verse before, i highly recommend this one. it's a great representation of the style and it has a story that's emotionally complex and ultimately fulfilling.

fave quote: "To make mortar out of tears." (385)

fix er up: i felt like the resolution was a bit too quaint. but i'd be lying if i said it didn't make me happy.

title: Love and Leftovers
author: Sarah Tregay
pub info: Dec 2011, Katherine Tegen Books (imprint of HarperCollins)
genre: Contemporary, Drama, Romance

[ftc notice: i received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher for the blog tour hosted by The {Teen} Book Scene. i did not receive compensation for this review.]

7 comments:

  1. i love novels in verse after i was encouraged to start reading them by Ashley (@BasicallyBooks). i noticed this one a while back (maybe on this blog?) because of the red converse...because i still have my pair from waaayyyy back in high school. and they look pretty good too.

    but, yeah, this one is on my radar. i like the way verse novels say what they say without adding extra fluff when it isn't needed. all killer, no filler.

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  2. So glad you liked this! I just ordered it last night and can't wait to read it! I love verse novels.

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  3. Ok, so I love the cover! I think this book is for me. I can't seem to get into any book I'm picking up lately, because I haven't picked up any YA contemporary. I'm kind of obsessed with YA Contemporary right now. I'm grabbing it for my kindle now!

    I love that you do quotes for your reviews. I do that too, and I LOVE it. A good quote will make me want to read the book.

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  4. I've never read a book in verse but have wanted to challenge myself to try one. This one just may be it! Also, been meaning to comment that I love the fact your owl is wearing a Zelda t-shirt. I have a slight nerd-fection for Zelda. :)

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  5. Ash - chucks for life.
    Somer - let me know what you think!
    Mary - sometimes finding That Great Quote (and avoiding spoilers) is mega hard.
    Candice - this is a great place to start! And ZELDA FOR LYFE.

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  6. I discovered verse novels last year and I'm hooked. This is definitely one I want to read soon.

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  7. I can't wait to read this one!! I love novels in verse! I'm actually hosting my own novels in verse reading challenge over on my blog. Sign ups are now open!

    http://bornbookish.blogspot.com/2012/01/randomness-novels-in-verse-reading.html

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