Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Review: Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Hardcover: 288 pages
Date Published: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Author Info: Website
Buy the Book: Amazon | IndieBound
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My wish
is to fall
cranium over Converse
in dizzy, daydream-worthy

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.

I picked this book up, flipped it open and found it to be a verse novel. Win. I LOVE verse novels. Secondly, looking the cover and reading the back it looked all cute and happy and something I needed at the moment. But let’s clear something up right now. While, yes, it has cute, happy moments, there were several moments where I wanted to cry for poor Marcie. So, just know that.
 I am PROUD to announce my FIRST FIVE star review of 2012! YAY!

This book was even home to one of my Greatly Disliked Themes in YA books: the love triangle. I HATE love triangles. They make me want to throw said book at a wall and sit huffily on my bed, fuming. HOWEVER - and this is a big ‘however’ - Tregay made this possibly one of the best love triangles/ cheating situations EVER. As a human being, cheating = the end to a relationship to me, even if there is a lot of grey area. But SHOCKINGLY I never disliked or hated Marcie, Linus or J.D. at all. That is amazing for me, people.

Now for what BLEW ME AWAY about this book. Many YA novels will have teens that talk about sex. Many YA novels will have teens that talk about love or falling in love. This YA novel had a teen talk about passion. Yes, there was sex-talk by proxy, but all Marcie wants more than anything is to be emotionally and physically connected with someone. Wow, guys. That is so much more intimate than just talking about love like it’s a bland box of instant mashed potatoes. Kudos to you, Sarah Tregay.

And without any spoilers (as always) OMG. The ending - or more specifically, the last 50 pages - made me feel like there were a hundred warm and fuzzy kittens running around in my chest in a totally non-creepy way. I was finishing this book while being a passenger in a car and trying hard (but not really) to not grin like a complete and utter fool. And then I preceded to re-read the ending again when I was done. (I may have read it a second time... and once again, just to let the taste of the words sit in the back of my mouth and savor the flavor.)

This book is cute and honest with funny moments, moments that make you want to cry and smile at the same time and I fully recommend it to you. If you read contemporary at all, you will HAVE to read this book!!


  1. This sounds really cute. Might have to read it if I'm craving for an easy, light YA read!

  2. Hurray for your first five star review of 2012! Great review, in fact! I enjoyed how you read the ending twice! To me, that makes a most awesome book!