January 31, 2012

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay Review

Love & Leftovers
by Sarah Tregay
Published on December 27th 2011
Katherine Tegan Books, 451 pages
Find the title on Goodreads - Book Depository

My wish 
is to fall 
cranium over Converse 

in dizzy, daydream-worthy 


When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. 

By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up. But understanding love, especially when you've watched your parents' affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? can you even know it until you've lost it? 

Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.

- GoodReads.com description

First, I must say, I totally love the cover!! 

The story begins with Marcie's parents split up, because her Dad is gay and he found himself a boyfriend. Her Mum packs her up and drive them to New Hampshire. First Marcie thinks it's just temporary, but soon she fins out the situation is becoming permanent. 

Her Mum is curled in a bed. She doesn't talk and she doesn't eat much. Marcie is trying to help, but really, what can a teenager girl do, to help her adult Mum, who has depression?

Then Marcie meets this guy, J.D.. He is really cute and he brings her breakfast every day. She really wants to tell him, that she has a boyfriend, but can't bring herself to say it. 

Love & Leftovers is such a nice read. It's different, because it's written in poems. First I thought it was weird, but then I fell in the story and I really loved the way it was written. You can easily understand all the feelings and problems Marcie is going through.

The plot of the story was also good. The topic about parents breaking up and moving to a new town and starting over is always cool to read about. Marcie through the book learns her mistakes and grew as a character.

In overall the book was really good.


Mimi Valentine said...

I absolutely LOVE this cover too, Nea!! <3 It's so simplistically pretty in the way that really makes me want to buy her shoes LOL! ;) But despite the cover love, I actually never thought I was going to read this because I always put supernatural ones first -- but it sounds SO SWEET!

Amazing review, Nea! I had no idea that it's written in poems, but I'm glad you got used to it after a while! I'm kind of a sucker for poetry, so I'll probably love this one! ;) <3

Ari (Reading After Midnight) said...

I don't like stories in verse that much, but maybe i will like this one. It sounds cute and you are right, I love the cover (maybe because I am short and I can relate, LOL)

nea barabea said...

Actually after a couple of pages, I didn't notice the verses anymore. And it wasn't like rhyme or anything like that. There were poems - um, like in The Sky is Everywhere? :P :) I really like this book too :) <3

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