Love and Leftovers

Love and Leftovers : A Novel in Verse

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Romantic and bittersweet, Love and Leftovers captures one girl's experience with family, friends, and love. Dragged to New Hampshire for the summer, Marcie soon realizes that her mom has no plans for them to return to Marcie's father in Idaho. As Marcie starts at a new school, without her ragtag group of friends called the Leftovers, a new romance heats up, but she struggles to understand what love really means.

Perfect for fans of romances like Anna and the French Kiss and those by Sarah Dessen as well as readers of poetry, Love and Leftovers is a beautiful and fresh take on love.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 448 pages
  • 135 x 180 x 38mm | 408g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0062023586
  • 9780062023582
  • 598,442

Back cover copy

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.
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6,134 ratings
3.76 out of 5 stars
5 32% (1,963)
4 29% (1,756)
3 27% (1,646)
2 9% (532)
1 4% (237)

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I'm a sucker for a good romantic book, so I picked up LOVE & LEFTOVERS thinking I was going to get a nice, easy, weekend read. What I wasn't expecting was the beautifully crafted novel in verse that not only delivered a sigh-worthy love story, but also a nuanced account of a teen's struggle with family dysfunction and the consequences of her own ill-advised actions. Marcie is a very relatable and sympathetic character and even though she makes some big mistakes, she doesn't make them in a vacuum and it is easy to understand how she was led astray. I also loved Danny, Marcie's father's partner and the 'leftovers', Marcie's group of friends that don't fit in any other clique, so they make up their own. Tregay did a great job drawing these wonderful characters and I think teens will love this real, honest and very sexy more
by Joanne Levy
First, I must say, I totally love the cover!! The story begins with Marcie's parents split up, because her Dad is gay and he found himself a boyfriend. Her Mum packs her up and drive them to New Hampshire. First Marcie thinks it's just temporary, but soon she fins out the situation is becoming permanent. Her Mum is curled in a bed. She doesn't talk and she doesn't eat much. Marcie is trying to help, but really, what can a teenager girl do, to help her adult Mum, who has depression? Then Marcie meets this guy, J.D.. He is really cute and he brings her breakfast every day. She really wants to tell him, that she has a boyfriend, but can't bring herself to say it. Love & Leftovers is such a nice read. It's different, because it's written in poems. First I tought it was weird, but then I fell in the story and I really loved the way it was written. You can easily understand all the feelings and problems Marcie is going through. The plot of the story was also good. The topic about parents breaking up and moving to a new town and starting over is always cool to read about. Marcie through the book learns her mistakes and grew as a character. In overall the book was really more
by Nea Barabea
Oh, wow. Talk about a sleeper! Love and Leftovers took me by complete surprise. Being that it was written in verse, I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. I guess I thought the verses would be little separate stories that didn't necessarily tell a linear story, but it so does. Love and Leftovers was a complete, beautiful, full story told in these small, heartbreaking segments that completely drew me in. The entire story is told from Marcie's point of view. The book is actually her poetry journal. A journal that chronicles Marcie's struggles with the split of her parents, her cross-country move that separates her from her boyfriend and friends, making friends in her new home, a new relationship, and all the way back around in a complete circle. It documents her confusion with her parents, her mother's debilitating depression, her need to be wanted by a boy... just on and on. Love and Leftovers would be a fabulous read for teens, especially reluctant readers. The tiny segments keep the pages turning, trying to learn what Marcie will address next. Teen sexuality, the confusion and the importance of timing, is a big theme to the story. This book is the perfect book for teens, but really, I think it's perfect for anyone. I read this book in under two hours; I literally could not put it down. All around, I couldn't recommend Love and Leftovers more highly. Favorite Quote: (Choosing one quote was nearly impossible.) "I let my dream eyes connect the dots between the freckles that spill over his shoulders as if he stood in pink lemonade rain." * I received an ARC from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *show more
by Andrea Thompson
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