Leftovers (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition)

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FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A follow-up to Such A Pretty Girl finds teens Blair and Ardith struggling to justify to police why they have committed a desperate act in the name of justice, a choice that prompts them to reveal painful truths about
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Overview

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. A follow-up to Such A Pretty Girl finds teens Blair and Ardith struggling to justify to police why they have committed a desperate act in the name of justice, a choice that prompts them to reveal painful truths about
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  • ISBN-13: 9781417794911
  • Publisher: Demco Media
  • Publication date: 1/1/2008
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: THIS EDITION IS INTENDED FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY
  • Pages: 232
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Laura Wiess
Laura Wiess

When she's not writing, Laura Wiess can be found raising monarch butterflies, reading the tarot, feeding strays, and angsting over things she can't change. Originally from Milltown, New Jersey, she now lives in a very old farmhouse at the edge of the woods in the Cumberland Valley, Pennsylvania, with her husband, Chet, and a splendid assortment of rescued animals. Email Laura Wiess at laura@laurawiess.com or visit http://www.laurawiess.com for more information.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2014

    I Also Recommend:

    From the strong characters, even stronger and painfully logical

    From the strong characters, even stronger and painfully logical development of them, to the voice it is written in and the plot itself- added in with Wiess' knack for saying things perfectly- this piece is a work of genius. Many of the events that happened are ones I didn't expect but that seems to be the case with her books- there is simply no way to predict where things are going to head next. If you can stomach the raw emotions, the angst-filled plot line, and the overall content, then read this book. It is well worth it. I enjoyed the way the author wrote this - the point of view alternating between each of the girls. The story is told as though they are telling everything to one particular person - which they are. With this type of writing, it brings the story even more to life, I feel.
    To be honest, I am a bit torn as to my complete feelings of Leftovers. I enjoyed it, but can't say that I loved it. It was very enlightening and I am glad that I read it - it also has made me curious to read the author's other work "Such a Pretty Girl" and any upcoming works.
    I would say for those who have not read Leftovers, to give it a try, it is very original and will make you think a bit.
    In Leftovers, we begin with two girls - Blair and Ardith. They come from two totally different backgrounds, yet they share many of the same heartaches, sorrows and despair over their family life. Both come from dysfunctional families - Blair's more the emotional, while Ardith battles with both physical and emotional. Teens these days are forced to grow up much too early and have to deal with things that they should not even have to worry about. Leftover brings those facts to life.  

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 19, 2011

    One of the best books I've read!!!

    My friend told me about this book. I thought I wasn't going to like it because I didn't like to read, but, WOW!!! This book is so exciting, alluring, and just plain interesting! I would recommend this to people who love an intense, shocking, and some provocative moments!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 3, 2008

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    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.<BR/><BR/>Blair and Ardith are best friends. They are fifteen, in the ninth grade, and have miserable, though very different, home lives. <BR/><BR/>Ardith lives in a party house. Her parents are nightly hosts to a group of drunken teenage boys. Without limits, the boys control the house and any female that dares to enter it. Not even Ardith is safe from their advances. Blair comes from an affluent family. Her parents are successful in their careers, have a new home, and are poised to rise through the <BR/>local social and political ranks. Now her mother is making decisions to shape the family image; decisions that are wrenching Blair away from the those she loves most. In addition to their family problems, Blair and Ardith are now becoming victims of the school rumor mill and some very cruel classmates. How much can they be expected to tolerate? <BR/><BR/>LEFTOVERS is a dramatic and disturbing story of two girls who have been pushed to great lengths. It is written in alternating points of view, as each girl describes the events that led them to a final, desperate act. LEFTOVERS is a captivating book that will keep you turning the pages.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 29, 2013

    LEFTOVERS Is The Type Of Book That Will Stay With You, Ive read

    LEFTOVERS Is The Type Of Book That Will Stay With You, Ive read It About A Year Ago And Still Think Of It From Time To Time. Laura Wiess' Writing Is So Beautiful. I Was Shocked, Sad, Angry, And Hurt. So Many Emotions Ran Through Me While Reading This. I Felt Attached To The Characters, And I Love Books Like That. I Recommend This Book To Teen Girls And Their Mothers.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2012

    Okay.

    Confusing but really interesting.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 21, 2010

    Disturbing

    Scary to think that this is how families (dis)function.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2010

    A great read =))

    Leftovers by Laura Wiess is a story of two teenage girls, Ardith and Blair, who are social outcasts and only have each other to lean on. The author alternates between the characters telling the story, and them talking into a recording device which you'll find more about once you read the book. The author did a good job of making this book a diary of the main character, Blair. I didn't like how the book was in second person for the other main character, Ardith, because this narration was confusing at times and I wasn't used to that type of writing style. The narration helped me understand points of view and details of the plot to keep the story straight.
    I liked that the characters were relatable, despite their family reputation. Leftovers dealt with the low points of high school such as rumors, trying to fit in, and family troubles. These girls dealt with the rumors positively and made them go away with a brilliant idea. This book shows that if one has ambition and dedication no matter the situation one can make a better life for themselves. This book was unrealistic because teenagers normally would not experience so much in a short time period. If this book was told within a two year period, then it would be realistic.
    It is ironic how Ardith's parents would give her a great deal of freedom that most teens would love, but she doesn't want freedom. She wants nights where she doesn't have to sleep with a hammer under her pillow because of her brother's hardcore partying. Blair's mom is a rising defense attorney who traded her family for her career. All in all, I believe that Leftovers is a good enjoyable book and I would recommend this book to all teenage girls."

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 4, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    so AMAZING!!!

    This is seriously my favorite book. Laura Wiess wrote it in a really creative and different way from any other book I have read. The characters are amazing and so real. I need more books to read like this one!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2014

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    This book was certainly not what I was expecting after reading t

    This book was certainly not what I was expecting after reading the blurb. Throughout the whole book, I’m expecting some huge event that completely flips the book from just mediocre to absolutely amazing (or at least worth the read). Instead, nothing. The book just ends. Right when we’ve reached the high point, the big unforgivable act, it just ends. We see no justice. We see no resolution. Highly disappointing.

    The weirdest part of the book was the second-person narrative. Surely it’s been done well before, but certainly not in this case. I assume the book was told this way in order to make the reader feel closer to the characters and become invested in them. Instead, for me, it did just the opposite. I never developed a connection to any of the characters and I didn’t really care what happened to either of them. I kept thinking about how strange the narrative was and it removed me from the story rather than immersed me in it.

    After reading some reviews on Goodreads, I guess this is one of those polarizing books. For some, it’s this amazing book. For others, like me, it’s a letdown.

    You can read all of my reviews on my blog, KDH Reviews.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2014

    Amazing Book!

    I found one of Laura Weiss books a couple months ago(Such a Pretty Girl) and loved it. When I started looking up some of her other books, I saw this one and thought it sounded interesting.This book is fantastic. Usually the books i've read feature 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. 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 each other so well that they naturally mould together when telling their story. The tale of two girls with completely different lifestyles that are going through the exact same life experiences is beautiful and shows that no matter how lost they get or how dark it becomes they have each other. Five star story and would definitely recommend.

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  • Posted September 26, 2009

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    unbelivable

    This is one of my favorite books. It took me about two days to read it, I simply could not put it down. This is not your everyday school drama, it is beyond words. This is deep, sad, and revolutionary. The way the author presents Ardith and Blair is incredible. From the unique writing style to the detailed plot, you'll feel what they feel. I cried, laughed and found myself questioning the coldness and cruelty that teens face. I myself am a teen, and never again will I look at my peers the same way after reading this novel. Truly, an outstandig work.

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  • Posted February 22, 2009

    So Hard To Read

    This was an amazing book. It was so hard to read because it's just so true. I am currently in ninth grade and was shocked to realize how much I had in common with Ardith and Blair. The writing was really really good, but it might have been too good, cause it was kinda confusing at the beginning. It was a really sad book that i recommend every preteen girl read before she gets to high school.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2009

    Great Leftovers!

    First of all, I think this book is just not for young, adult readers but for all readers. As a former at-risk, high school educator, this book perfectly portrays what young women face in our schools today. Ninth graders do experience peer pressure to do sexually explicit things and<BR/>horrendous intolerance of anyone different does exist. Guys still get away with a lot and double standards do exist. I Loved this book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I consumed it in one sitting. These two young women, one from so much and one from so little with so much in common; inadequate, absent parents, and too much time left alone. They raised themselves and showed loyalty to the one, good person who actually cared for them. Pass this book along, it has such a strong and true voice.<BR/>A very powerful book which is unsettling. Bravo.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 22, 2008

    Liv's Book Reviews

    This book was promoted as a sequel to Such A Pretty Girl, but I don't think it is. They both deal with tough issues in today's world, but that's where the similarities end. The characters, setting, and even perspective are different, which is nice. I don't think I could've read another book related to Such A Pretty Girl. Just reading that once was enough for me. Leftovers brings its own goods to the table and even though it's an extremely different type of narrative, I think it's just as good as the first book. The thing I liked best about it was the way it was told. The chapters alternate between who's telling the story and as they're telling the story, they are actually speaking into a recording device for a person who's revealed at the end. And even through that, they each have a different method of talking. One narrates as if you're actually her, and the other tells it like a diary. Those things helped to distinguish points of view and details of the plot which was quite handy because there are many little details to keep straight. This book is much more of a thinking and analyzing book than Such A Pretty Girl which was a refreshing difference. I also liked how the girls were down to earth, funny, and completely relatable, despite their terrible home lives and the horrible things they went through during the course of the story. They themselves were undeniably changed and as the reader, you got to be there to see them go through it. And the ending is flooring. I loved it so much. My one itsy bitsy complaint about this book was that I think the ages of the girls were a little bit unaccurate. I think, no I hope, girls who are in their freshman year of highschool wouldn't be going through the things that Blair and Ardith went through. But really, I don't know. The one thing I do know is that this is a seriously amazing book and it is a definite must read for any teenage girl of today. But as with the first book, beware of some explicit content.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2008

    Scary real

    When I read Such a Pretty Girl by Laura Wiess, I liked it alot, but it wasn't as great as I hoped it would have been. But I still was interested by the book Leftovers nonetheless. So I started reading it and was just hooked. It was terrible what the girls go through. And it made you cringe and hate today's society. And I loved it. It was real and true and made you think and made you want to help these girls. I thought the ending was perfect.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2008

    A reviewer

    Leftovers is definitely a book written for the young adult genre although it seems to offer a unique look into 'teen life' for anyone 20+. The material is both shocking and eery. After reading every book by Bret Easton Ellis and Chuck Palahniuk, I figured Leftovers would be a nice PG version of some Jay McInerny novel. It more than met my expections and I found some of the 'scenes' a bit unsettling even for myself. My only critism was the ending. The climax was very weak and left me feeling extremely unsatisfied. I found that the other 'incidents' throughout the book were far more shocking and unsettling.

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