Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay #review

Friday, August 31, 2012

Title: Love & Leftovers
Author: Sarah Tregay
Series: none
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Date: December 27th 2011
Pages: 432
ISBN: 9780062023582
Source: gift
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My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy, daydream-worthy love. (If only it were that easy.) 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?

My Review

I have fallen in love with books written in verse, and this one, while written in verse left me wanting. The writing was awesome, the plot a great one and it was a very quick read even being over 400 pages. I just didn't really relate to the characters at all. Being thrown into the story in almost the middle was kind of confusing, but there was enough info there, so I wasn't totally like "huh???"
The basis of the story is that Marcie the main character is dating this guy, her mother figures out that her father was cheating with another guy and she takes Marcie to the "summerhouse" that the family owns. Only it isn't just for the summer. They up and moved from Idaho to New Hampshire, and Marcie isn't the least bit happy about it. You can tell that her mother is depressed and throughout the whole book she is just about the worst mother to Marcie. Marcie is still in contact with her friends from Idaho and her boyfriend, but she starts to fall for a townie while attending school.
One thing leads to another and all of a sudden mom tries to actually act like a mother and calls in Marcie's Dad. Dad takes Marcie back to Idaho and while Marcie tries to slip tight back into her old routine, she ends up confessing to her boyfriend Linus about J.D. They break up and all of her old friends pretty much turn on her.
They get their happy ending, and everything is tied up in a nice and neat bow. I started and finished the book  in a day (6 hours total, with time for dinner and kids' baths), so it is a very quick read if you have time.
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