Here's the summary from Goodreads: My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy, daydream-worthy love. (If only it were that easy.) When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves 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 "vacation" has become permanent. She starts at a new school where 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?
What I Liked: 1) I actually liked the fact that it was in verse. I usually have trouble following stories like that, because they seem less like a story to get lost in and more of assigned reading. But this one was easy to navigate, and I really appreciate that. 2) The plot. It's easy to get swept up in the love story as it unfolds. It's predictable as far as teen love goes, but that doesn't detract from the emotion of it. If anything, the fact that it is written in verse makes it less like a generic teen love story, and instead a sweet song about falling in love without reservations. 3) You get to know Marcie, the MC, very well, as the story is told from her perspective. This really is her song, the trials she's facing through her parents' split and her own realizations about love and where loyalties lie. I think she begins to understand her parents' trouble as she starts to experience her own questions about love. So much of this story is laid on the table for you, and the fact that it is written in verse does nothing to hinder that.
What I Didn't Like: 1) My chief complaint is that while we got to know Marcie fairly well, the rest of the characters were a bit of a mystery. This I think was the main problem with the book being written in verse, it made it so much harder to develop the characters that weren't speaking directly. I expected to find a guy in here to fall "cranium over converse" or really, cranium over flipflops in my case, for, but the lack of development for both Linus and J.D. make it a little hard. They both had potential, but I just wanted more.
Overall Thoughts: Love and Leftovers was a creative and sweet teen love story, with a typical teen MC. What stands out most about this this story is the way the verses create a love song about the trials and tribulations anyone in love, or thinking they are in love, can face. It isn't designed to make you fall in love, rather to make you think about the emotions and loyalties that come with love and learning to love. I wished for more character development from the boys, because I like falling for guys in books, but overall Love and Leftovers will touch several emotions in you as you get lost in its pages.
My Rating: 3 shots