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Love and Leftovers

Love and Leftovers

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by Sarah Tregay

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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


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 struggles to understand what love really means.

Perfect for fans of romances like Anna and the French Kiss and those by Sarah Dessen as well as readers of poetry, Love and Leftovers is a beautiful and fresh take on love.

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School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—After bumping into her husband with his boyfriend at the grocery store, Marcie's mother decides to stay at the family's summer home in New Hampshire rather than return to Idaho with him. The teen's life is turned upside-down; she has to start over at a new school away from her friends, The Leftovers, and from her "emo-sensitive rocker" boyfriend. Things start looking up when she meets a good-looking jock who brings her breakfast and takes her to the homecoming dance. Then, when she seems to be settling in, her severely depressed mother thinks she will be better off in Boise, and Marcie is whisked back to her old life, where she comes to understand her father better and questions her relationship with her boyfriend. Told in verse, the story takes a realistic look at the emotional roller coaster that is first love. Marcie doesn't always make sensible decisions, and she hurts her boyfriend and alienates her friends, but her actions are believable. The Leftovers are an easily relatable crowd: a poetic rock-star wannabe, a manga-drawing tattooed best friend, a geeky swimmer, and a cheerful Girl Scout, to name a few. The author does a terrific job of keeping the plot moving by using poetry to her advantage. Reluctant readers will appreciate the brevity while poetic souls will appreciate the format.—Kimberly Castle-Alberts, Stark County District Library, Canton, OH

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Meet the Author

Sarah Tregay is a graphic designer and the author of Love and Leftovers. When she isn't jotting down poems at stoplights, Sarah can be found hanging out with her "little sister" from Big Brothers Big Sisters. She lives in Eagle, Idaho, with her husband, two Boston terriers, and an Appaloosa named Mr. Pots.

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Love and Leftovers 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 23 reviews.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
Well was this wasn't what I was expecting. I thought it was going to be a cute story. At the beginning it was something sort of, I guess, kind of, else entirely. Wow was there so much emotion going back and forth. Moments where I was thinking, wait what or hold on and are you kidding me? The cover however is adorable. Still, a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a bunch of little poems. Still good but just keep in mind that its not an actual novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I sat down and could not put this book down. It is well written and has many twist and turns.
wp_memoirs More than 1 year ago
There is something really beautiful about how verse novels are written; how with a few words a story is unfolded. Love and Leftovers is part of the beauty of this literature division. Love and Leftovers narrates the story of Mercie and how her word crumbles when she moves with her mom to New Hampshire. She left behind her friends, called The Leftovers, including her sweet boyfriend, and her lovely father. I was really impressed on how Tregay captures the voice of Mercie’s characters; as a reader she feels like a real teenager finding the way of how to deal with multiple personal situations. Through the story my heart goes with her because it was too much too soon; moving, dealing with your mom’s health and her dad’s personal life. Then add that your system’s support, your friends and the person you love, are not close to give you the love and time needed to breathe. I totally understand where they came from, even if I didn’t liked some of her decisions . Love and Leftovers, a story of a girl not only coming on age and finding who she is, but also finding the way she wants to love and be loved.
Icecream18JA More than 1 year ago
What are your meltdowns like? Marcie¿s mom drags her from their home in Idaho to New Hampshire when her husband leaves her for a younger man. Her departing from Idaho means leaving her boyfriend and her friends, the ¿Leftovers,¿ behind. While in New Hampshire, Marcie gets a new haircut, loses weight, and questions her relationship with her boyfriend. Long distance is rough and all her relationships are strained. Taking care of her mother and trying to adjust to a new school are difficult as well. Marcie feels secluded and too adult. A bright spot in her day is seeing J.D. who brings her breakfast every morning and quickly becomes her best friend in New Hampshire. As time passes, she becomes closer and closer to her and Idaho seems farther and farther away. Marcie does wonder, what happens if she ever returns to Idaho? Marcie is very dynamic, but often difficult to feel compassion for. Although she is sympathetic, her family collapsed and she is forced into the role of an adult, Marcie makes some bad decisions blatantly and without thought of how her choices affect others. High school, female readers would appreciate Tregay¿s work. Because of the subjects discussed, a younger audience might not understand the book. Sarah Tregay wrote Love and Leftovers in free verse as a diary. This style of writing offers a fun look into Marcie¿s thought process. Her reactions to situations and emotions are clearly expressed in her poetry. Sarah Tregay¿s work earns four stars; I neglect to give the last star because I was able to predict the end of Marcie¿s story.
lovepassionbooks More than 1 year ago
At first I didn't know how I would feel about reading a whole book in verses. I wasn't sure if I would like it or if it was going to be hard to read. Well, I loved it. I love everything about the writing. It was defiantly something that I had never read before and I am glad that I did. The book is about a teenage girl who, every summer, travels to New Hampshire with her mom for vacation. But this time is different. Because this time the vacation becomes a little more permanent. She leaves her life behind, which includes her best friend, her other friends, and her awesome boyfriend. But what is going to happen when she starts school in New Hampshire and the most popular boy in school starts to pay attention to her. She doesn't want to hurt her boyfriend, but at the same time she is very lonely and all she wants is attention. This book was something else. I could not put it down. It was defiantly a page turner. You really felt for Marcie and everything that she is going through. You really want everything to work in her life. But in the book when she was doing something wrong, all I could think about "WHAT!!! Don't do that to him!!!" The book truly kept you right where you needed to be for the whole thing. I surely hope that you take the time and read this amazing book!
STagh More than 1 year ago
This was the first novel-in-verse I've ever read and I was blown away by how well it suited this highly romantic, honest and beautiful story. From page one, I literally couldn't put it down until it was finished!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I fell in love with this book before I have even started reading it. I love the characters, setting, and just the story line. I own this book as a hard back
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I would say this is a novel. It tells a story about a girl and has dialouge in it. It has a plot. It has raising action and falling action. It aslo has a climax. It might not be written the same way as a lot of novels and might seem to some people that dont understand writing a hundred percent that its just a bunch of silly litte poems but its a novel. I just read the first few pages before typing this. It is very excellent so far; it just not be for some people. One size does NOT fit all. Everyone comes in different shapes and sizes with their different tastes and likens. I give this novel a rating of five stars without even finishing the book. I hope everyone thinks this novel deserves five star ratings and a round of appluase for the author who made this novel happen.
Kimmiepoppins More than 1 year ago
TREGAY USES ALL THE RIGHT WORDS! I'm not sure how Tregay can use so few words and still tell a story that is so rich and deep and beautiful--but she does. She puts words in unique combinations that paint pictures like an artist, while all the while, never letting you forget that you MUST turn that page. This is a fantastic book, but what I love about most is the "leftovers." Tregay perfectly captures what it means to be lost, even when you're surrounded by people. I give this book a well deserved *heart squish.*
BookPortrait More than 1 year ago
Really 3.5 stars I picked up this book one night because I wanted a story that would really make me think about love. Even though this book didn't turn out to be quite what I was expecting, I still read it in one sitting and found it to be a very good story. After her mother moves her across the country, Marcie has to begin to make a new life for herself in Hew Hampshire. Even though she misses her dad and her old friends, she can't help but find a connection with a boy in her new school. There's only one problem - she still has a boyfriend back home. But when her mother isn't much of a mother and she feels nothing but loneliness, Marcie can't help but seek what comfort she can. Yet the truth can't stay hidden forever. Marcie has to learn how to handle all of the different relationships in her life, and she learns a lot about love - of all kinds - along the way. This was my first novel told in verse, and I have to say that I really enjoyed this style. I appreciated that not all of the poems fit a particular mold but still relayed the story very well. The idea of these poems being part of Marcie's journal immediately made me feel connected to her. I could understand Marcie's need for a connection with someone in New Hampshire, even if I didn't agree with all of her choices. Marcie's search for answers is one that I think everyone can relate to, because "love" is so hard to define - it is almost unique to each situation, and with time Marcie comes to realize that. This book might have had its sad moments, but it also had moments of laughter and moments that made me smile. However, from the summary, I was expecting this book to make me think a lot more than it did. Even though I appreciated the message that it conveyed, to me it just didn't have the revelation or the "wow factor" that I was hoping for. Although I definitely did enjoy it; I just wanted even more from the book. In Love and Leftovers, Sarah Tregay has crafted a story that is both lyrical and moving. Filled with an exploration of love of all kinds, this is one novel that is guaranteed to warm your heart. I look forward to reading more from her!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this story. At first i didnt like it but i kept readind and i started to like it. I have read it over and over.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dident want to read this at first , but I fond it yesterday & I could NOT put it down :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing!!! As soon as I picked it up I couldn't put it down. I would definatly recommend this book.
Nanny22 More than 1 year ago
This was an excellent "read." I am a 67 year-old grandmother, and I couldn't put it down. The characters are realistic and Ms. Tregay makes it easy to connect to them and their emotions. It was intriguing to watch Marcie grow and develop.
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Geo_Spin More than 1 year ago
I had absolutely no idea that this book was in verse until I read a review for it a week or two ago, and by that time I had already requested it from the library. I'm glad I didn't know, because I might not have read it. This was my first experience with verse and not something I would have willingly chosen. At first it was a little hard to follow the broken sentences, but when I got used to it I found it so incredibly addictive! There wasn't really anything exciting happening for most of the book, yet I was still engrossed and I devoured the story almost in one sitting. To see the full review and others by me, visit geobobspinelli[dot]blogspot[dot]com.
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Andreat78 More than 1 year ago
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 journal. A journal that chronicles Marcie's struggles with the split of her parents, her cross-country move that separates her from her boyfriend and friends, making friends in her new home, a new relationship, and all the way back around in a complete circle. It documents her confusion with her parents, her mother's debilitating depression, her need to be wanted by a boy... just on and on. Love and Leftovers would be a fabulous read for teens, especially reluctant readers. The tiny segments keep the pages turning, trying to learn what Marcie will address next. Teen sexuality, the confusion and the importance of timing, is a big theme to the story. This book is the perfect book for teens, but really, I think it's perfect for anyone. I read this book in under two hours; I literally could not put it down. All around, I couldn't recommend Love and Leftovers more highly. Favorite Quote: (Choosing one quote was nearly impossible.) "I let my dream eyes connect the dots between the freckles that spill over his shoulders as if he stood in pink lemonade rain." * I received an ARC from Harper Teen, in exchange for an honest review. *
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FuzzyCoffeeBooks More than 1 year ago
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.