Monday, February 13, 2012

Review: Love & Leftovers - Sarah Tregay

Where I got it: Library
Rating: 4 stars  
Cover Rating: 4.5 stars (Cute, but typical ;) )
Genre: Young Adult
Publication Date: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Page Count: 432 p.
Buy it: Book Depository / Amazon

When things get rough in Marcie's parents marriage, she's dragged away from Idaho and all her friends to New Hampshire. What she thought at first was going to be a summer trip, last well past labor day. Marcie now doesn't know if she will ever be going home, and it's hard to have long-distance friends and a boyfriend. Her mother has her own issues going on, so Marcie is left on her own. Then a cute boy starts paying her attention. What starts out as a friendship may turn into so much more. How can she live two lived though, how can she know who to love? Will she ever go home, or is she stuck in New Hampshire forever?

This book wasn't as sweet as I thought it would be. A bit more emo and crazy. It all starts when her mother and her discover something shocking about her father, and Marcie's mother decides they need some breathing room. I live in New Hampshire, so it was fun getting to read about some local places. It's always nice when you can picture exactly how things look and where they are. I can understand where Marcie is coming from when she starts seeing J.D. Even though she cares about Linus, he's 300,000,000 miles away(not the actual distance) and it gets lonely by yourself. Marcie just wants to fall in love, because she doesn't know if she has. It's hard when you have it to see what it is. The characters weren't overly developed, that while possibly making it hard for some people to feel for them, fits the books style. It would have been awkward if Marcie starting writing biographies of all her friends. You had all the information you needed for this part of Marcie's life. This would have been an interesting novel to have been written in alternating viewpoints though, then I think the characters would have popped a little more. I love novels written in verse, so I devoured this one in a single sitting. I loved the format and that it was mostly like Marcie was writing it in her diary. Katie is in a hard position as a friend to both Linus and Katie. It's tricky being caught in the middle while still trying to be a good friend to both sides. She seemed like a fun girl though and I can't blame her for some of her actions. This was a still a sweet story despite all the craziness. Love prevails within the Leftovers(Marcie's group of friends) so you have plenty of smooching to read about ;) I would definitely recommend this to lovers of novels in verse, realistic fiction and, of course, love.

First Line:
My mother
doesn't understand
that this is a summerhouse
(meant to be lived in
only during the summer).

Favorite Lines:
MarsBars   pheromones?
EmoK8      no, more like, on the bright side,
                  i'm now the girlfriend of a sex god.

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