Love & Leftovers
Author: Sarah Tregay
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: December 27, 2011
Rating: 5 Birds
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 summerhouse 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?
My take: So the biggest thing I didn’t know going in with this book, was that it’s written in complete poetry! Wait, what? A book written in poems, but with a storyline, a plot of sorts, and main characters? Yes! That was the first thing that made me fall in love!
From the time Marcie leaves Idaho to the time she’s in New Hampshire, it’s a slightly tumultuous journey of the life of a teen who’s extremely confused as to what’s happening between her parents. She doesn’t want to believe that her father could possibly be gay and has moved on from her mother…or that her mother is just a little (or really, a lot) depressed and can’t really care for her the way a mother should. Marcie had the best friends, the Leftovers if you will, and had the boyfriend. How does a girl deal with that being uprooted and taken away from it all?
She tries to hide from making new friends, and even from falling for someone else. It’s impossible to be so alone, and seeing her realize that was a moment that made me want to applaud writer Sarah Tregay for not making things just blatantly obvious! Obviously, a girl can’t just hide away and be invisible, and it’s then that we get to really understand the power of a new boy, and what miles will do to a couple, and best friends.
When Marcie’s mom realizes she can’t handle her own issues as well as her teenage daughter’s, she brings dad back into the picture, and Marcie’s thrown back to her old life after a 7 month summer vaca. So what happens when a girl gets thrown back into her old life after leading a new one for so long? Well, I guess you’ll just have to read it for yourself to find out.
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