Published by Katherine Tegen Books on January 3, 2012
Genres: Realistic YA Fiction
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 & Leftovers is about Marcie, a soon to be 16 year-old girl who has recently been uprooted from her home in Idaho after her parents have split up. Her father left her mother for a younger man and it’s left Marie and her mother devastated. Her mother, suffering from severe depression, takes off for their summer home in New Hampshire. Originally thinking this is only temporary; Marie starts to realize that they’re not going anywhere anytime soon.
This book dealt with several issues: broken homes, cheating, depression, and finding love. The story was well written but I was left feeling underwhelmed by the story itself as I felt it lacked distinction… up until the last page I kept waiting for something more to happen. Unfortunately that just didn’t happen.
I had an issue with Marcie’s ‘fear’ that the boyfriend she left behind in Idaho just might be gay and that’s why he never tried to sleep with her. I understand that that ‘issue’ broke up her family so it may be credible for her to think that could happen to her again, but it never crossed her mind that she’s 15 and maybe he was just being a decent guy? Maybe my grown-up mature self has difficulty grasping this ‘possibility’ but it just seemed far-fetched.
“But I’m worried that if Linus is gay like my father, I’ll become depressed like my mother.”
I’ve been looking forward to this story for a while, but much like The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight I was also left feeling underwhelmed. Yes, there were several great lines and there were some cute moments where I found myself smiling, but overall it just didn’t hit the mark for me. I loved that it was written in verse; however, being a huge fan of verse I’ve found that not all stories can be written this way and achieve what it was originally meant to.