Leftovers

Leftovers

by Laura Wiess
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.  
TeenReader16 More than 1 year ago
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!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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 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
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?

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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Confusing but really interesting.
Annie19 More than 1 year ago
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."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book Review Leftovers By: Laura Weiss Leftovers, by Laura Wiess, is a young adult fiction story told by two young girls on video tape. Lost in themselves and in their family they try and find a way out. This book is written in the 1st person point of view. It is also written in period of 2 and a half years. When these girls cannot find safety in their own home they often find themselves at the park, at school, or home when no one is around. Leaving innocent weapons under their pillow is only one thing to keep them safe from predators. Blair is often left alone without her family due to her mother's passion to win an un necessary feud. Her family soon changes their lifestyle to be the most "Glamourous," but is slowly ruining her life until she meets Ardith and slowly starts to find herself. The two girls Blair and Ardith both have great tribulation in their life and cope with their feelings with trouble which soon leads them to make a friend. When there are no options left but to fall in love, Blair finds herself falling for Ardith's brother. Not knowing the consequences she soon became lost and starts to self-harm to take away the pain. When something drastic happens to both the girls there was only one thing left to do and one thing left to confess. I gave this book a 8/10 because this book seemed to never finish and when it did it was left on a question that cannot be answered. If I were to compare this to any book or suggest a book you might like if you enjoyed Leftovers, would be Never Let You Go, by Chevy Stevens. In that book it illustrates an abusive boyfriend to a young girl who cannot escape his trap, and all she needs is her mother, much like Blair in Leftovers.
KDH_Reviews More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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