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Leftovers

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  3,163 ratings  ·  301 reviews
A devastating novel of desperation and revenge from one of today's most compelling new voices in fiction. In this follow-up to her heartbreaking debut, Such a Pretty Girl, Laura Wiess once again spins a shattering tale of the tragedies that befall young women who are considered society's Leftovers.

Blair and Ardith are best friends who have committed an unforgivable act in
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Paperback, 232 pages
Published July 7th 2008 by MTV Books
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Rachel
Jan 27, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I recently purchased this book because of asthetic reasons. I stopped dead in my tracks at the "New In Paperback" section because of the gorgeous blue cover.

"Ah, another book published by MTV," I said outloud.

But honestly, I know as well as anyone who has experienced them that these small, cleverly covered books are actually a light refreshment compared to the world of adult literature and classics.

"Leftovers" is no exception. While I don't expect any adult male to really appreciate this novel,
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Lucy
Jan 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: teen
We mutinied quietly, using every lesson we’d been taught by every person who’d ever used us for their own benefit.

Blair and Ardith are best friends, and they are both unhappy. Blair’s career-driven mother is shaping her family into the perfect public face, and ignoring the fact that they’re falling apart on the inside. And Ardith’s parents are the Cool Parents, the ones who provide a party house to all the underage kids in the neighborhood. They are best friends, and they are the leftovers, the
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Kerryn (RatherBeReading)
I struggled to decide how I felt about this book.

This is definitely an interesting and somewhat compelling read, however, I did really struggle with the writing style - the swapping in and out of the second person narrative style was really hard to follow and I found it very frustrating at times.

I liked the idea of Blair and Ardith both having completely different, and yet equally horrible, home lives and using their friendship with each other to try and get through it.

I struggled with the actio
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Shouko
Mar 27, 2014 rated it did not like it
1|5 Stars

I'm not going to really review this book - it will be more of a rant about the ending and why it destroyed the whole book for me (so, spoilers, beware!). Well, I expected something better. Way better. Okay, let me take a quote from the blurb:

"Blair and Ardith are best friends who have committed an unforgivable act in the name of love and justice."

... this doesn't sound so bad, does it? Well, but it is.

The unforgivable act is (view spoiler)
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by JodiG. for TeensReadToo.com

Have you ever felt alienated from the rest of the world? Have you spoken and known that nobody was listening? Have you ever screamed “No” and been ignored at every turn? Ardith and Blair have experienced all that and more. And now they have committed a despicable act of vengeance in an effort to make everything “right” again.

Blair and Ardith are best friends. They are fifteen, in the ninth grade, and have miserable, though very different, home lives.

Ardith
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Ashlee Foster
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
I have no idea what people saw in this book. I'm being nice by giving it 2 stars. The writing was strange - I want to read a book, not be talked AT. "You did this and your mom came home, blah blah blah" - The perspective of the book was weird. Answers were given in the dialogue when a question wasn't even asked and you just had to figure it out yourself. It was odd. It took me FOREVER to read this book because I kept reading other books in between, just because I didn't care enough to finish thi ...more
M
I'm a sucker for second person, broken families, and angry teenagers. But I'm an even bigger sucker for writing that can make you just as angry and enraged as the characters feel, and as hopeless and frustrated, too. Laura Wiess accomplished this almost every section, with Blair's mother, with Adrith's entire family, with the kids at school, and with the "boys will be boys" phrase scattered throughout.

It doesn't excuse what they do, but that's the point. That's the whole point.
Adriana
This was a very compelling read that delves into issues of neglected kids, bad behavior, bullying and teasing, and friendship. Told from the perspectives of best friends Blair and Ardith after they have gone through a slew of events leading to the demise of characters from their own lives, the book covers many issues that teens deal with on a daily basis. Each girl is coming from a completely different place, but they both share a hope to some day extract themselves from their current situations ...more
Anna
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
This novel raises some interesting ethical and moral questions, but the writing is exhausting. Second person narration can be quite fun, as it’s unusual and a little twisty- but this is sort of second person narration about the person who tells the chapter and it becomes really weird and tiring to read.
Greta is Erikasbuddy
Your best friend. You two were inseparable. No one could come between. Not your parents, not the boys, the teachers, the kids that called you names,... the ones that started the rumors.



You two had each other's backs.



Then one day you start to drift apart. You still wear your BeFri necklace but she put her St Ends locket away and replaced it with Jonny's class ring.



Time speeds up and you start to drift apart. The world just rolls on by without even thinking twice. You learn to evolve.



But in the e
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Shannon
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Michelle
Aug 01, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Usually the books Ive read features the love between a boy and girl as the core of the story, but with this novel it was the love and loyalty between two best friends Ardith and Blair that was captured. I could not put this book down; the style of how it was written switching between both of their sides of the story which not only makes you feel like you were there but highlights the bond between these two girls who know eachother so well that they naturally mould together when telling their sto ...more
Hannah
Jan 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Novel, 'Leftovers' is an interesting book with a unique point of view. It was published in August of 2008 by author Laura Weiss. She has already proven herself as a writer with a unique style. She isn't wary of topics that are controversial or not widely talked about. The novel is definitely a fiction novel directed at youths. The characters are very well developed and especially the two main characters from which the story was told. I think that someone who found themselves in these types o ...more
Darkfallen
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
When Greta told me I needed to read this, I jumped at it. As per usual I am so SO SO glad I did. But lets get something straight. When Greta tells me to read something, I do it, and then I usually feel a little dirty afterwards. *waggles eyebrows* If ya know what I mean. This book also left me feeling a bit dirty, but

NOT NOT NOT

in the way that you think. I feel worn raw by the sheer truth in all this.



Laura Wiess takes us on a journey into the lifes of teenagers Blair and Ardith. She takes you t
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Faith
MAY CONTAIN SLIGHT SPOILERS

God, 38% in and I'm ready to start bawling!

I definitely was not expecting this sort of thing. ( I was thinking this would be a bit like Pretty Little Liars, except where the girls were treated badly) These girls are managing to do everything that a teenager is told not to or anything a teen has thought about. They drink, smoke, cut, and other things that make me want to sob. I can deal with the parents being cruel but when you bring the rape and one of the girls parent
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PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: A

Best friends Blair's and Ardith's families put the capital D in dysfunction. Blair has to be prefect to help maintain the facade of a perfect family so that her mother will be nominated for judgeship. Never mind that her emotionally bankrupt parents don't seem to care about her feelings. Ardith artfully dodges sexual impropriety from her father, brother and his friends while her mother says, "Boys will be boys." Blair and Ardith just want to be loved appropriately. Both girls have a conf
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FlimsyGlass
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the most real, most honest accounts I've ever read in my life. Every page was so relatable and I found myself drawn to it from the very first page. If you don't know, 'Leftovers' is a beautiful book about two best friends from two very different backgrounds, and this book is about their struggles as they try to make it through high school. The book is told from a dual perspective, but it's not like one of those books where you skim through one person's POV the entire time because ...more
The Sleepy Wonderland
This story really allows you to see two different and completely heart breaking situations that children could go through. You have one character, Blair, that gets ignored and is basically treated as a doll, meaning she gets paraded around when needed. Then another character, Ardith, that is living without any kind of support, a life where she has to lock her door at night to protect her virginity. I find it hard to believe she wasn't raped sooner in life, just based on the crazy stuff the paren ...more
Tez
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
To say queen of contemporary teen fiction Laura Wiess's books are gritty, dark, and raw are understatements. While devastating, they're also can't-look-away reads of consistently high quality.

Leftovers is another wrenching psychological suspense, this time exploring predators and prey, setbacks and revenge. Are Blair and Ardith heroes or anti-heroes? They're definitely both victims, but is planning a set-up to take down others justifiable because of their pasts? Do they deserve punishment?

Ardith
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Brittany
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
I love Laura Wiess, and this is a solid 3.5 stars, but t was a tiny bit of a bummer.

There is so much tension and raw emotion and suspense in Such a Pretty Girl, that I think I placed too many expectations on this text, forgetting it's a different type of story.

A sandwich of flashbacks, it's a non linear story told with two narrators, alluding to a police officer they've committed a crime....but they're slowly revealing their justification.

It's a shocking novel at times, and hard to read, but als
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Ariana
Jan 21, 2011 rated it liked it
When I began reading the first few pages of this book I immedietly was drawn to this book. Throughout this book I loved how each coming event wanted me to keep reading. The main characters are Blair and Ardith. But the secondary characters are Officer and Dellansandra. Blair is a rich girl who lives with both of her parents; while Ardith is a girl who is kind of poor and lives with a mother who doesnt really care and a dad who drinks alot. When Blair first meets Ardiths brother, things begin to ...more
Noor Dababneh
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Rachel Solomon
Dec 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I love revenge stories and dark contemporary YA, and LEFTOVERS was right up my alley. The narrative style was unique and compelling, and I felt the book raised some interesting questions about blame and power in relation to gender. At times, this was a difficult book to read, and the ending felt a little rushed to me, but overall, I appreciated how raw and frank it was. I will definitely be picking up more books by Laura Wiess.
Zelda
Jan 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how much I liked this book, especially since it was published by MTV Books. I somehow doubt I am the demographic they are going for. This was really well written and really took you back to the crazy days of middle school / high school when you as a teenage girl start realizing how to handle your sexuality and experimenting with the power you think it gives you over the boys in your school.
Amanda
Dec 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
'So are you still rooting for us, Officer Dave, or has the manifestation of our anger shifted us from sympathetic victims to heartless predators? Are you going to be one of those people who, no matter what happens, blames the girls?'

this book is lyrical and visceral and beautiful and ugly all at the same time. It may or may not own my soul now.
Alix
Dec 18, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: women, 2016
"So are you still rooting for us, Officer Dave, or has the manifestation of our anger shifted us from sympathetic victims to heartless predators? Are you going to be one of those people who, no matter what happens, blames the girls?"

Really enjoyed this one. Scary in a way, and especially brutal when you get to the end, but a very important story told by two girls when growing up.
Kim
Oct 06, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya-and-youth
Teens will like this over-the-top story about rape, a toxic friendship, and the treatment of teen girls. Two things kept me from giving it a three-star rating: the second person point-of-view is annoying as hell and the author takes things to unnecessary extremes.
Kellie
Another sad one, although I really couldn't summon up any sympathy for the girls. They made their decisions and have to live with what they did.

I was sad about the dog, though. That was just cruel to do that and not tell Blair the truth.
The Brain in the Jar
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
This book is angry. Weiss fires off a lot of bullets from a variety of weapons to plenty of targets. Often, the targets contradict each other. Both strict parenting and loose parenting are getting the blowtorch. The education system is mocked in its treatment of violence. Hot popular guys and ugly lonely creeps get the crosshairs. It’s like a literary equivalent of a Slipknot song. Perhaps when parents complain that teens don’t read enough, they should realize what’s their favorite music and act ...more
Beth
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Wow. Makes me wonder how much these girls brought on some of the issues themselves. Not saying that they looked for it, but they always seemed to be the victim. Excellent story.
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Laura Wiess is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Such a Pretty Girl, chosen as one of the ALA’s 2008 Best Books for Young Adults and 2008 YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers, and Leftovers. Originally from Milltown, New Jersey, she traded bumper-to-bumper traffic, excellent pizza, and summer days down the shore for scenic roads, bears, no pizza delivery, and the irresistible allure ...more
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