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Love and Leftovers Hardcover – December 27, 2011
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"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, OH
"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."
"A verse novel with real depth to accompany all that white space."
"Although the words are simple, the themes of Love and Leftovers are not."
"This first novel may make teenage readers' hearts beat a bit faster."
-- Ann Kelley
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Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots.
Top Customer Reviews
The entire story is told from Marcie's point of view. The book is actually her poetry journal. A journal that chronicles Marcie's struggles with the split of her parents, her cross-country move that separates her from her boyfriend and friends, making friends in her new home, a new relationship, and all the way back around in a complete circle. It documents her confusion with her parents, her mother's debilitating depression, her need to be wanted by a boy... just on and on.
Love and Leftovers would be a fabulous read for teens, especially reluctant readers. The tiny segments keep the pages turning, trying to learn what Marcie will address next. Teen sexuality, the confusion and the importance of timing, is a big theme to the story. This book is the perfect book for teens, but really, I think it's perfect for anyone. I read this book in under two hours; I literally could not put it down. All around, I couldn't recommend Love and Leftovers more highly.
(Choosing one quote was nearly impossible.)
"I let my dream eyes
connect the dots between the freckles
that spill over his shoulders
as if he stood in pink lemonade rain."
* I received an ARC from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *
The story is about a girl and two boys to choose from. The boy that has been in her life for a while, who feels right, the one she left behind and the boy who she meets, she knows is wrong, the one she can't help but be drawn to. This is a story about a girl who feels she lost her dad when he left them for a man and who lost her mother to depression when he dad left them. This is a story about a girl who makes all the wrong decisions but ends up right in the end.
The main character of this story, Marcie, was a little hard for me to get close too at the beginning. I felt she was a bit of whiner, but the more the story went on, the more I felt for her. I think this has a lot to do with the writing style of verse. It took a while to really see what she was feeling. Somewhere along the line, I started to fall for her and her messed up life. In the end she is just plain loveable. I really felt for Marcie throughout the book, some for the issues she couldn't fix, like her mother's depression and some for the issues she causes, like kissing a boy that was not her boyfriend.
The story was cute. Girl has boy, girl leaves (not of her choice) boy, girl misses boy, girl meets another boy, girl likes new boy, girl loses new boy (not by her choice again, girl gets first boy back, girl loses first boy again (this time by her own actions) will girl end up with either boy? Add in girl has depressed mom and feels obligated to take care of her, girl is mad at dad for leaving their family, girl realizes she cannot control either.Read more ›
Told in the form of protagonist, Marcie's diary/poetry journal entries, Love & Leftovers is a coming of age story that stands out from the pack. Marcie is an interesting character. She is happy with her life, her friends, her boyfriend (she thinks, maybe...). Things shake up for her when her mother finds out that her father has been seeing another man on the side, and without thought, takes Marcie to her family lake house for a permanent vacation. Marcie's mom ends up spending months wallowing in self pity and depression, leaving Marcie to fend for herself. As she struggles with the fact that she misses her dad, her friends, and (maybe) her boyfriend back home, she also begins a new life at a new school, meets a boy who she finds herself drawn to, and starts to realize that maybe she wasn't as happy as she thought she was before.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love books written in verse (e.g. anything written by Ellen Hopkins). Be that as it may, I didn't really care for Love & Leftovers. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Kayla Harrison
This book was amazingly sweet. It is the book that caused me to go crazy over Romance novels. Loves rereading it!Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
😅😅...😨😨 ITS OVER??? This book was very touching, I loved every minute of it. I could not put it downPublished 9 months ago by Kindle Customer
Couldn't put it down, enjoyed read all of Love and Leftovers. Written like a diary/poetry of a 16 year old girl. This was different from what I normally read and I loved it!Published 13 months ago by CC
this the cutest book I have read in a while ... I couldn't put it down ... finished it in one day ... because I needed to know what was going to happenPublished 18 months ago by gdiaz621
I love this book! It was the best book. I have ever read. I would recommend this book to any girl.Published 23 months ago by cakes
i feel the exact same way about love life all I want is to feel that passion from on person to the next but I felt bad that she cheated on Linus and made him cry he was such a... Read morePublished on August 25, 2013 by Alexandria latoi griffin