(If only it were that easy.)
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.
Judging by the cover you would think that this is a fun, lighthearted book. It’s really not. It’s very much about depression, loneliness, and making mistakes. I’ve saw a lot of mixed feeling about Love and Leftovers but I must say that I loved it.
Marcie is definitely a character that’s a little hard to like. She lies, she cheats, and she’s self-centered. But I think if you’ve ever been at least a little lonely you could probably relate to her. She has to be self-centered because there’s no one else there taking care of her. Her mom is depressed and checked out, so Marcie turns to a boy and physical things to make her feel less alone. That’s definitely the wrong way to go about things, but it’s completely believable. She’s a teen, of course she’s going to make a few horrible decisions. I liked her in spite of her poor choices. I loved Linus even though he’s really only in the last half. He was brooding, sweet, and a musician! What’s not to love?
Don’t go into this book expecting a fun love story. It’s not that at all. It’s a deep look at how the choices you make effect everyone. It’s about growing and learning who you are. And under that there’s a sweet love story that will steal your heart.
The writing is excellent. I love verse and this is a great verse novel. I highly recommend Love and Leftovers. Especially if you want a quick but meaningful read.