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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
"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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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. She even becomes close with Danny, her father's boyfriend, and realizes how much happier her father is now. I loved the way this relationship unfolded, and it gave this added depth and love to the story that doesn't often come out of one parent cheating on the other.
Next were the supporting characters. In Idaho, Marcie's friends call themselves the Leftovers, the unclassifiable kids who don't belong to any group. They are an eclectic bunch, but they are truly fabulous- the kids you wish you were brave enough to be at that age! But they all have their skeletons too. Emily got pregnant and gave her son up for adoption. Linus' father lost his job and Linus spends most of his time babysitting his brother's daughter. All of these backstories make this group of kids enough for an entire book for each of them! But the backstories aren't hokey or cheesy, they just are what they are, and they all care about one another. I loved these kids!
This was a really great book written in verse with short but powerful sentences that suck you in and throw you into the spin cycle. I would love this book, which deals with such mature topics, to be used for an older, mature, struggling reader because the chapters are super short, the language is melodious but simple, and the verse is acceptable. They would be able to read it successfully but not feel like they were reading a story that was beneath them in terms of maturity. I really liked this story and applaud Tregay for fitting in so much material with so few words! Brilliant!
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.
"Love and Leftovers" is a story about Marcie, a young girl seeking comfort as her family life crumbles. When her father leaves her mother for a man, Marcie is forced to step up as the adult after she mothers runs off with her and falls into a bout of depression. But being forced to move away by her mother, forces Marcie to leave behind everything that she knows and loves: her father, her friends, her boyfriend - her life.
As she struggles to care for her mother, while trying to adjust to her new life, Marcie seeks out comfort in the form of J.D., a fellow schoolmate, who is willing to provide Marcie with everything that she desires. Everything that her boyfriend, Linus isn't able to give her while she's away.
What I think I enjoyed most about "Love and Leftovers" is that Tregay doesn't shy away from reality. The pain, the longing, the depression that the character's face. Their lives are far from perfect, and that makes it easy for readers to lose themselves in this story about life and love. Did Marcie make the right choices? No. But when a person feels lost, as if they are alone, sometimes they make poor choices. And that's exactly what Marcie does, because she's desperate to feel, to escape the feeling that she's being locked away in a prison. And even though I didn't agree with her choices, I did understand them, and in the end, she did have to pay for her actions.
Would I recommend "Love and Leftovers"? Easily.