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The Thing About Leftovers Kindle Edition
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There is no doubt that Payne is a masterful storyteller. She's very clever, too! She weaves characters and situations into a plot that is captivating in its own right. But it is the way she brings her characters to life that makes her one of the best. Even days after reading Leftovers, I'm still thinking of Fizzy and her friends. That's the mark of a great book.
Payne has an ear and eye for the life of a tween, and it's obvious in her writing that she has an affection (and respect!) for that age as well. There are no cliches in her approach to her characters. They speak, behave and react in genuine ways. The best thing that can be said of Fizzy and the gang is that they are REAL. Most of the conversations between Fizzy and her parents, and with her friends, are familiar to any parent who has journeyed with his/her children through that age.
Leftovers is a heartwarming, and occasionally heart-rending, story about a girl trying to figure out her place in a world that has gone topsy-turvy. Make no mistake!! Leftovers is not just about a tween in the middle of divorce and re-marriages. It is a wonderful reminder to all of us when we feel lost in a sea of change: we will find our way.
C.C. Payne’s The Thing About Leftovers is a poignant, sweet, and equally heartwarming and heartbreaking middle-grade contemporary. Payne explores the world and mind of a “leftover” kid with age appropriate honesty and humor. Fizzy’s story is bursting with so many palpable emotions and Payne weaves a complex story that has depth, heart, and charm.
Fizzy has such a great, irresistible voice! She’s so relatable, likable, and impossible to not root for...I just wanted to wrap her up in a big hug and let her know that everything is going to be ok. Payne does a wonderful job of creating equally complex and flawed adult characters, as well. And Miyoko and Zach are superb characters...I would love to see spin-offs that tell their own unique stories!
My final thoughts: The Thing About Leftovers will charm readers with its characters, keep them engaged, and leave them hopeful (and a bit hungry!). A great read for young readers, especially those that have ever felt like a “leftover”.