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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
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. *
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.
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.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 12 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 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
😅😅...😨😨 ITS OVER??? This book was very touching, I loved every minute of it. I could not put it downPublished 15 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 19 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 24 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 on March 7, 2014 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