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Love and Leftovers Hardcover – December 27, 2011

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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, OH

Publisher'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."

"Although the words are simple, the themes of Love and Leftovers are not." 
 --Ed Goldberg.

"This first novel may make teenage readers' hearts beat a bit faster."
-- Ann Kelley

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (December 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062023586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062023582
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 1.4 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,421,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Oh, wow. Talk about a sleeper! Love and Leftovers took me by complete surprise. Being that it was written in verse, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I guess I thought the verses would be little separate stories that didn't necessarily tell a linear story, but it so does. Love and Leftovers was a complete, beautiful, full story told in these small, heartbreaking segments that completely drew me in.

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.

Favorite Quote:

(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. *
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Judging by the cover you would think that this is a fun, lighthearted book. It's really not. It's very much about depression, loneliness, and making mistakes. I've saw a lot of mixed feeling about Love and Leftovers but I must say that I loved it.

Marcie is definitely a character that's a little hard to like. She lies, she cheats, and she's self-centered. But I think if you've ever been at least a little lonely you could probably relate to her. She has to be self-centered because there's no one else there taking care of her. Her mom is depressed and checked out, so Marcie turns to a boy and physical things to make her feel less alone. That's definitely the wrong way to go about things, but it's completely believable. She's a teen, of course she's going to make a few horrible decisions. I liked her in spite of her poor choices. I loved Linus even though he's really only in the last half. He was brooding, sweet, and a musician! What's not to love?

Don't go into this book expecting a fun love story. It's not that at all. It's a deep look at how the choices you make effect everyone. It's about growing and learning who you are. And under that there's a sweet love story that will steal your heart.

The writing is excellent. I love verse and this is a great verse novel. I highly recommend Love and Leftovers. Especially if you want a quick but meaningful read.
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I loved the style of Love and Leftovers. I can also definitely say that Marcie reminded me of myself in many ways when I was younger. She is a girl struggling with her parents issues, and trying to fit in somewhere in the meantime. I felt as if she lost herself somewhere along the way through her parents divorce, having to take care of her depressed mother, instead of living her normal childhood that she so deserved. Being taken away from her school and her home, forced to live in a town and meet new people while struggling to saty in contact with her best friends back home. I can't say that I don't blame her for trying to find love and friendship from someone else. Marcie is lonely. She isn't living her life. Only following a routine created by her parents decisions which effect her tremendously and shouldn't. She has been burdened by this, but in the end, comes out on top. Through it all, she does an amazing job at finding herself, and what she wants out of life.
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Families are as different as people themselves. The definition of family is so broad that it doesn't just cover a mom, a dad, and children. Sarah Tregay gets to the heart of this growing cultural difference in Love and Leftovers with a variety of different kinds of family, but they all have one thing in common: love.

Marcie's mother drags her to New Hampshire after finding out Marcie's dad has been lying and cheating on her- with another man. Usually they just vacation at their family's old summer house, but fall has arrived, school has begun, and they should have left by now. Back in Idaho, Marcie left her father, her best friends (the Leftovers), and her perfect boyfriend, Linus. She didn't even pack for the move, and her aunt has to donate some clothes to the cold and changing cause (including underwear the size of Idaho).

At first Marcie just wants to go back to Idaho, but she begins to settle in to her new school. In fact, she even starts hanging out with a boy named J.D. and starts to forget about the life she has back home. When her own father's lies and life choices start to invade her own thoughts, she finds herself uncertain about what to believe. Could Linus be gay like her father is? Is it easier to go after a boy who is so clearly not gay but might be a player?

There are so many layers to this book, it is hard to unravel them all. First you have the catalyst for the whole story, Marcie's dad. This whole relationship is handled so well, I was happy to see it in this book. Yes, the realization that he was no longer in love with Marcie's mother was difficult, but he still cared about her. And Marcie struggled with the separation and divorce, but eventually she accepted it and was actually quite understanding about her father's new relationship.
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