Thursday, June 21, 2012

Book Review: Love & Leftovers

Title Love & Leftovers

Author Sarah Tregay

Release Date December 27, 2011

My Wish
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy daydream-worthy love.
(If only it were that easy.)

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer--from Idaho to a family summer house in New Hampshire. She's left 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 "summer vacation" has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when 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 & 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.

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.

While some books written in verse do a great job in telling the story, I feel like Love & Leftovers was just random tidbits of what could have been a good storyline. I feel like this story would have been better if it wasn't written in verse.

Overall, Love & Leftovers left me feeling underwhelmed. While it was a quick read, it's not a book that I'm likely to recommend.


2 out of 5 stars 

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