What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Monday, June 18, 2012

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

I was drawn to Love and Leftovers by the super cute cover. When I read the summary and realized that it was written in verse, I almost decided not to read it. For some reason I find books in verse harder to follow. But I went ahead and picked it up.

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

8 comments:

  1. I keep wanting to read this and not getting it. I have never read a book in verse so it is a bit of a turn off for me. I don't know that I wouldn't like it, I guess it is just out of my comfort zone. I flipped through it a little at B&N and decided not to get it yet. Maybe eventually I will. Great review!!

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    1. Thanks! It does take time to get used to a new style when reading. I can't say that I'd want to read everything in verse, but it works okay for this one.

      Courtney

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  2. The only books I've ever read in verse are Ellen Hopkins. I've seen mixed reviews on this book and it just makes me wonder whether I want to actually purchase this book. Maybe I should check it out from the library or borrow it from a friend to read it. :)

    Jenny

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    1. I found the Ellen Hopkins books hard to follow. This one isn't as hard, it's much more straight forward. Definitely see if you can borrow it! It's good, but not one I think I'll just read over and over.

      Courtney

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  3. Great review, Courtney. I don't think this book is really for me, because of the lack of character development, but maybe I can borrow it from the library and give it a try anyway :-)

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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    1. I know what you mean! I was hoping for more!
      Courtney

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