Monday, April 2, 2012

Neurotic Thoughts - Love and Leftovers

Love and Leftovers
Author: Sarah Tregay
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Published by: Katherine Tegen Books
Source: Borrowed from Jessica over at Shut Up! I'm Reading
Summary from Goodreads:

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?
"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.
Love and Leftovers is a super quick read being that it is written in verse. I thought the writing was great and the story line terrific. I really connected to Marcie Foster even though I've never been through any of the things that she has been through. I'm thinking that means that she was written fantastically. 

When Marcie's dad comes out of the closet, Marcie's mom decides it is time to leave town. Now starting at a new school in a new town Marcie is all alone and feels extremely isolated. With no one to talk to she emails her friends back home but that makes her miss them even more. Sadly her blue notebook, that she writes all of her thoughts in, is a sad substitute for real friends. When handsome J.D. from her new school starts to charm Marcie will she be able to resist? After all she does have her handsome, emo, maybe boyfriend, Linus back home, and she won't be here forever, right? 

All along I was rooting for things to go well for Marcie, even when she wasn't quite deserving. With so much going on her life it was hard for me to not like her. 

Plot: New to me
Characters: Excellent, my favorite part of the book actually. Linus was amazing!
Writing: Not my favorite verse book but I'd say Tregay did a pretty decent job with the verse style.
Ending: Exactly what I'd hoped for
Kid Friendly: There is some making out and underage drinking
Overall: An enjoyable afternoon read

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