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Love and Leftovers

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  5,996 Ratings  ·  627 Reviews
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 struggl ...more
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Katherine Tegen Books
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3.5 stars

It’s fair to say that I’m fickle when it comes to verse novels - I can’t decide whether I like them or not.

But I do like this book.

Love and Leftovers is an earnest, sweet story of a teenage girl’s journey through trials of the heart, family and friends. There’s nothing particularly ground-breaking in the plot: Marcie’s parents have split up, her father has a new boyfriend, and her depressed mother has fled across the country, dragging Marcie with her. Alone in a new state, Marcie is a
Aug 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was such a dreamy, swoony, heart-melty story.

Marcie's life is in an upheaval. Her mother has run away from her marital problems, in Idaho, dragging Marcie with her to New Hampshire. Away from her endearing, quirky, friends she affectionately calls "The Leftovers," and her dreamy-emo-rocker-boyfriend, Linus. I loved this description of him in the beginning, and I was pretty much hooked after this:

"Linus is quiet, and genuinely sweet,
prefers music to team sports,
has a 4.0, and doesn't have
Jun 29, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

“Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl’s story navigating family, friends and love and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole”

This description on the jacket flap pretty much sums up my reading experience of Love and Leftovers. The writing is mesmeric, that before you know it you’re reading the book at a frenzied pace. The fact that this was a verse book was I guess what surprised me the most as I wasn’t expecting it to be a verse novel but se
I really don't know what to expect with this book at first since it was written in verse. I thought it would be weird and I wouldn't be able to understand the story well and connect with the characters in that format, with just so little words. So I was really surprised when I found myself getting so caught up with the book and connecting with the main character easily. I was surprised to realize that a few words can actually contain and elicit a lot of meanings and feelings at the same time. Th ...more
4.5 stars

I ordered Love & Leftovers soon after I finished Audition because I'd really enjoyed that novel in verse and I'd remembered that April had really enjoyed this one as well. The verse in Love and Leftovers is actually far more enjoyable than in Audition, as it plays with form to build tension throughout the novel. If you're nerdily interested in that sort of thing, L&L is worth reading for that aspect alone.

What I was really surprised by was how compelling and "edgy" (ugh, I hat
2.5 stars

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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
Oh, mate, I really loved this romantic verse novel from Sarah Tregay. It was fun and cute and swoony and just a delicious rainy-day feel good read.

From the cover and so many swoony and favourable reviews I expected it to be all that, but I didn't anticipate just how addictive it would be, and how much I would grin and sigh my way through it. So recommended. I read this on my kindle but am itching to buy a copy for my shelves (hopefully a paperback will be released).
Mar 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Anna by: ♥Rachel♥
This makes me so giddy, I can't even stop myself from grinning the whole time I was reading this. This has become official that I love me some verse novels. I find it more full of emotions that left you needing more but at the same time with content.

I admit, this story makes me so happy I can't tear my eyes from the lines that I just finished it for 3 hours. Even that took a long time, I kept re-reading some of the lines. They're too "swoony" to miss. I am still smiling despite everything that'
aria [dear darling reader]
Dec 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
My first encounter with a book written in verses was “I heart you, You haunt me” by Lisa Schroeder which became an immediate favorite. Then it was followed by the Day Before by the same author.
When I opened “Love and Leftovers” I wasn’t expecting it to be as good as the other two books I read. I wasn’t expecting to love it so much.

Love and Leftovers was a bittersweet story about Marcie’s struggles with her parents split up, being away from her friends and her boyfriend, how to fit well in her ne
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
Hmmm. What is it with the lead in this one, whose story runs along the same line as Playing Hurt, yet has me considering her all the same? Infidelity. When ever a story goes there, I always end up judging someone as selfish. Always. Because it seems to me that what follows it (or precedes the act as the case may be) is a reason behind the same. And in so doing, things feel like a cop out. This is so even with all the bad crap she had to undergo.

Yet, once all was said and done, there was a return
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
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 jo
Amanda (Good Choice Reading)
Jun 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
I’m a sucker for novels in verse because they reach me emotionally in a way that other books rarely do. With that in mind, I was fairly certain I would enjoy Love & Leftovers, but I actually adored the book! It was better than I imagined it would be.

The thing I loved most about this story is the raw realness it has. Marcie is a flawed character, and she makes some very poor decisions that made me think she deserved what happened in the aftermath. And she did deserve it, but at the same time
Jul 06, 2011 rated it liked it
I’m a fan of novels in verse, I am amazed at how an author can convey such emotion using so few words! Love and Leftovers is no exception to the wonderful verse novels I’ve experienced.

Marcie’s voice is incredible. It’s what made this novel such an enjoyable reading expereince. It’s imperfect, realistic and raw. Perhaps I enjoy reading verse novels so much is because of the simplicity of the writing. Everything is cut out except for what absolutely must be there. These characters are so exposed,
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Jun 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
When I was in 9th grade there wasn't a name for our group.

Neither in 10th or 11th.

I think it was in 12th they started calling us Freaks just because they couldn't think of anything better.

When I was in school there was one of us who was good at twirling, one who dreamed of being a Mom and read trashy romance novels, another who was really smart, a boy who was a Johova Witness, and another boy who was from the Church of Christ and was addicted to Uno. One of us was good at art, another cheated in
Joy (joyous reads)
Aug 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Summer vacation turned almost semi-permanent, it was supposed to be just a break. But Marcie's mom couldn't seem to get over a mild case of the funk so the summer vacation turned into seven months. All of a sudden, Marcie is having to be the adult - the one to do everything while her mother buries herself in depression brought on by a recently failed marriage. Meanwhile, back in Idaho, the Leftovers seems to be moving on without her. Loneliness surrounds Marcie in New Hampshire that she turned t ...more
Nov 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The most difficult aspect of writing in verse is to be clear and concise while cleverly making the poetry flow and have the proper syllable count. It doesn't rhyme but it is written in a visual manner, much like Ellen Hopkins. Also like Hopkins, the emotions are raw, experiences real, subject matter relevant but a lot cleaner than Hopkins.

Marcie is dealing with a lot as her father comes out, her mother slips into depression, and she is uprooted and moved across the country where she slips into
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
OK here we go.. 2 stars.
Sadly it did not reach beyond my expectations

Even though the cover seems very very very lovely
And the title sounds interesting, too…
I have to announce that the book was a total disappointment.. -.-

Marcie the Player..
Linus the EMO..
J.D... I have got no idea what he was up to..

Love & Leftovers was first on my must-read list.. I waited for so long! However, now I have read it..
I don't think it is even worth it.. OK it might sound harsh and mean.. and very..negative b
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: eh-just-okay
I originally grabbed this book because I thought it looked really cute and, hey why not? It's in a poem format so I figured it'd be an easy and fast read. It was but damn, did this book annoy me or what?!

Marcie is your average girl. Average height, weight,looks and friends. Her mom gets a divorce because her father found another. . . . man. . . . Marcie's mom decided to runaway. So they moved from Boise, Idaho to somewhere else (Was it New Hampshire?). Back home, Marcie has a fantastic boyfriend
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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 va ...more
Jan 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: family-issues
I was not a big fan of the verse structure, and I guess that's my fault for not doing more research on the book before I read it. The story was pretty good, but it was hard for me to overcome my initial aversion to the format.
Yelania Nightwalker
Esta novela es una belleza. La escritura, en verso, me atrapó desde el primer momento y es tan ligera de leer. Y el mensaje, hermoso. Tengo aún un nudo en la garganta (hoy estoy muy emocional)... La reseña completa en unos días...
Susan (Wastepaper Prose)
I devoured Love & Leftovers in a matter of hours. It's a gripping read that forced me to ask myself what I'd do if I were in Marcie's shoes. It also reminded me that emotions breed actions and your actions have the potential to hurt the ones you care about. It seems like an obvious statement, but, in the moment before we act, many of us forget that there will be consequences.

That's what makes navigating love so tough. It's selfish and selfless all at the same time and generally an emotional
Oct 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
The most difficult aspect of writing in verse is to be clear and concise while cleverly making the poetry flow and have the proper syllable count. It doesn't rhyme but it is written in a visual manner, much like Ellen Hopkins. Also like Hopkins, the emotions are raw, experiences real, subject matter relevant but a lot cleaner than Hopkins.

Marcie is dealing with a lot as her father comes out, her mother slips into depression, and she is uprooted and moved across the country where she slips into t
Jul 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Because this book was written in verse
and since I like being creative,
I’m writing my review
As a poem.
But don’t be harsh- I’m no poet.
Gimme some slack
Just this once.
And no, it ain’t gonna rhyme.

I’ll make it short
And semi-sweet
Because I don’t think I can do this poetry thing for long.
Love and Leftovers was good,
NOT great.
I loved that it’s written
As a young girl’s poems
About her topsy-turvy life.
It was fun and quick to read
Because the words
Seem to march single file down the page
HD Tolson
Oct 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
"A quirky contemporary that will make your heart melt!"

I'm going to tell you two things about myself that you may not know, because I'm fairly new to the blogging world! Maybe you do know, and can tell, but i'll educate those less perceptive and tell you!

I've never read a contemporary YA before.

*Cue dramatic music* *bring in gasps* *whispers* *uproar in crowd* *holds hand up* I know, i know, i know. Tell me about it. I've never read a book like Love and Leftovers. And book full of gushy love w
Feb 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OMG! this book is a 1 of a kind a bout a girl named Marcie whose mom breaks up with her dad when her father goes out with a guy from a straight bar. Her mom runs away with her to her family's summer house in Massachusetts wear Marcie becomes extremly lonely when her mom goes deep into depression. Soon school starts and shes still living a dull and lonely life with her mom in the summer house. At school she fits in pretty well and becomes close friends with a guy named J.D. But back in Boise ,Ida ...more
Dec 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I was lucky enough to win this book from the First Reads Giveaway! Since I received the notice, I have been impatiently waiting for it to come in the mail. When I got the call that it finally came, I actually jumped up and down.
After getting the kids in bed, I settled down to start it... then finished it by midnight!

What a great book. Who would have thought that a book written in verse would be so cool? It was visually stimulating, and impossible to put down.
The story is a good one, which alm
Aug 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, for-review
Marcie has a wonderful life in Idaho, a group of quirky friends known as the leftovers and a hot emo rocker boyfriend. When her dad comes out of the closet and her parents split up, Marcie’s mom whisks her to New Hampshire for a longer stay than summer vacation. Love And Leftovers by Sarah Tregay deftly weaves themes such as love, lust, sexuality AND family issues flawlessly in free verse form.

Read the rest of my review here
Karla Mae (Reads and Thoughts)
Dec 15, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012-reads
Ah. The very first story i've read written in verse and I should say this definitely suites me well.

It is definitely one happy read for me. It contains a simple yet fast-paced story that would definitely make you stick around it till the end. I loved everything about it. From its characters to the story up to its very end. I'm pretty amazed with the simplicty of this book, it could really be surprising once you really get absorbed with it. It was beautifully written and with that i could say no
Jan 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Its YA, undoubtedly, written in verse. With Tregay, though you get an exploration of various issues that aren't black and white which I like. In some ways this was close to home, hence the depiction of family was something I knew too well. The honesty and sincerity that seeped through the pages was the ideal---the high road. Enjoyed reading this and made me realize i was also a leftover back in highschool.
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