Love and Leftovers

 
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Love and Leftovers
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14+
Release Date
December 27, 2011
ISBN
978-0062023582
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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? Love and 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.

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cranium over Converse in dizzy, daydream-worthy love
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originally published to http://www.nobentspines.blogspot.com/

just love lyric books.

This was insanely adorable. Its basically a tale of being an idiot, discovering who you are and what you expect of people and, well, discovering LOVE. Let's just start this rant with the fact that the main character, who writes poems, knows nothing about love. At all.
“Do you hate the person
who tapped the first domino down?
Or do you hate the domino
for not standing up for itself?
And if you are the second domino,
and you get toppled, do you hate yourself?”
Her parents are recently divorced because, after 17 years, decided to come out of the closet and announce to his wife and daughter that he is, in fact, gay, and has fallen in love with a 27 year old bartender: Danny. Isn't it weird that his is the only name I can remember? He WAS my favorite character. Haha
Driving competition. Lol xD
Okay I have to go search her name real quick. brb

MARCIE! THAT'S HER NAME!
“I want another person to notice me, to say that I matter, to say that they care about me.”

Okay so Marcie wants "to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy daydream-worthy love" Doesn't everybody? All she has are a bunch of questions. She wants to know why her Dad decided now was the perfect time, what love really is, what she wants, what she needs, who she is. Basically all the usual teenager questions that haunt society. Whatever. So she moves from The Leftovers (her friends) in Boise, Idaho with her mom to New Hampshire. Where people, apparently, talk funny and not at all like the vanilla accent in Boise.

I don't know there was something about the messed up-ness of it all that made it a special kind of perfect.

So yeah---> Read it!
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I love verse novels. These were all short and sweet. Made me grin
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Although This Book Does a Lot of Things I Usually Dislike, It Just Works
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Although I am an avowed Apocalypsies fan, I have to confess that I was skeptical about this one, because I'm really not a poetry fan for the most part. It just never has moved me so much as prose, although I will admit that the best prose does seem to have a lyrical quality to it, so I suppose one could make the argument that all writing is poetry in some sense.

Anyway, this book totally worked for me, and I will definitely be keeping my free copy in my collection. A big part of the reason that I don't like poetry most of the time is that it seems so pompous and self-congratulatory. That totally is not the feeling I got from Love & Leftovers. It's more like Marcie just thinks in poetry; it's who she is.

In fact, I think the poetry is what made the book really work. I didn't much like Marcie, because she did some things that are completely unforgivable in my opinion. She's not a great person by any means. However, because of the format, which totally seems like a window into her character, I could help being drawn in and caring about her, despite wanting to give her a serious shake most of the time.

Love & Leftovers is a beautiful book and, because poems are short, can be read in just a few hours. If you like Sarah Dessen, I think you'll like Love & Leftovers.
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A fantastic introduction to verse, I loved every minute of this one.
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Marcie went along when her mom went to their old summer house for a few days. Once she starts at the local school, she figures this is more than a vacation. She misses her boyfriend and group of close friends back home. Her mom is in a downward spiral of depression and Marcie is left all alone.

I admit I was very concerned about reading something in verse, but I needn’t have worried. After the second page/poem, I was hooked. Every chapter is a different poem written by Marcie and I was surprised at how much emotion and imagery Tregay managed to put into each poem.

"Do you hate the person
who tapped the first domino down?
Or do you hate the domino
for not standing up for itself?
And if you are the second domino,
and you get toppled, do you hate yourself?"

The verse was actually quite easy to read and I finished the book in just a few hours, which also spoke to how much I enjoyed it.

The plot wasn’t especially unique, but the way it was written and the unexpected direction it took made it feel new and fresh. Every character was represented and I never wondered how or why they did the things they did. Even with so many people in Marcie’s life, I didn’t feel like anyone was missing anything.

The dialogue was great, I loved the snarky way Marcie and her friends talked to each other. Their group of friends was great; they didn’t fit in with any of the other cliques at school so they made their own, and they were a tight group who didn’t take any crap from anyone.

I love the cover, everything about it is cute and fits the story perfectly.
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Starred Review From School Library Journal, January, 2012
Gr 8 Up–After bumping into her husband with his boyfriend at the grocery store, Marcie’s mother decides to stay at the family’s summer home in New Hampshire rather than return to Idaho with him. The teen’s life is turned upside-down; she has to start over at a new school away from her friends, The Leftovers, and from her “emo-sensitive rocker” boyfriend. Things start looking up when she meets a good-looking jock who brings her breakfast and takes her to the homecoming dance. Then, when she seems to be settling in, her severely depressed mother thinks she will be better off in Boise, and Marcie is whisked back to her old life, where she comes to understand her father better and questions her relationship with her boyfriend. Told in verse, the story takes a realistic look at the emotional roller coaster that is first love. Marcie doesn’t always make sensible decisions, and she hurts her boyfriend and alienates her friends, but her actions are believable. The Leftovers are an easily relatable crowd: a poetic rock-star wannabe, a manga-drawing tattooed best friend, a geeky swimmer, and a cheerful Girl Scout, to name a few. The author does a terrific job of keeping the plot moving by using poetry to her advantage. Reluctant readers will appreciate the brevity while poetic souls will appreciate the format.
–Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Stark County District Library, Canton, OH
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