This debut novel in verse effectively captures the angsty life of 16-year-old Marcie Foster. After her father leaves her mother for a 27-year-old man, Marcie and her depressed mom move from Idaho to a family summer home in New Hampshire. Here Marcie falls for J. D., a boy who is an irresistible cross between Prince Harry (his hair) and David Beckham (his abs). Only problem: Linus, her emo-rocker boyfriend 2,000 miles away. Seven months later, Marcie moves back to Idaho with her father, confesses to Linus, and has to deal with the fallout. Marcie funnels her pain into writing poetry— “there is no three strikes / when it comes to dating. / One heartbreak and that’s it.”—and her poems, which vary in form, are what compose this verse novel. While the subjects cover typical teenage problems, including breakups, friendships, and parental issues, Tregay adds depth with her ability, in just a few words, to palpably express both the emotions of love and the physical longings that go along with it. This first novel may make teenage readers’ hearts beat a bit faster. Grades 8-12. --Ann Kelley
Starred Review, School Library Journal:
"The author does a terrific job of keeping the plot moving by using poetry to her advantage. Reluctant readers will appreciate the brevity while poetic souls will appreciate the format." -Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Stark County District Library, Canton, OHPublisher's Weekly:"Poems, IM conversations, and emo love songs make up Tregay's emotionally turbulent debut novel in verse...
With multiple shredded relationships and friendships, there's more than enough angst to go around, as Marcie rages against the decisions her parents have made, as well as her own."Kirkus Reviews:
"A verse novel with real depth to accompany all that white space."VOYA
"Although the words are simple, the themes of Love and Leftovers
"This first novel may make teenage readers' hearts beat a bit faster." -- Ann Kelley