Love and Leftovers

Love and Leftovers

by Sarah Tregay


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ISBN-13: 9780062023605
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 521,353
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 6.80(h) x 1.30(d)
Age Range: 13 Years

About 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. 34 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!
EdGoldberg on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When Marcie¿s father declares he is gay and has a boyfriend named Danny, her mother uproots her from their Boise home and moves them to Durham, New Hampshire, near her mother¿s family. The sixteen-year-old leaves behind her boyfriend, Linus, and her BFF, Katie. Thinking New Hampshire is short term, Marcie does not make friends. So she is surprised when JD, a cute jock, starts up a friendship. Starved for affection since her mother is depressed and stays in bed many days, Marcie grabs onto JD who is, not only cute, but a gentleman. As the semester progresses, she and JD essentially become boyfriend/girlfriend, all the while Marcie feels guilty about `cheating¿ on Linus, 2,000 miles away. By Christmas break, her parents decide it is best for Marcie to live with her father and Danny. Home again, Marcie tells Linus of her `friendship¿ with JD, causing a breakup. This reader was pleasantly surprised by Sarah Tregay¿s novel-in-verse, love & leftovers. She accurately portrays Marcie¿s quest for affection, her confusion over her father¿s announcement, her feelings for JD and Linus, and her need to help her mother while living her own life. Through poetry and chats, she and Katie ponder love and passion. Marcie is honest when she writes that she would like to do more than kiss JD or Linus and is happy when JD gets to second base. Although the words are simple, the themes of love & leftovers are not. The cover art will attract readers. It is worth the read.
MaryinHB on LibraryThing 10 months ago
MY THOUGHTSLOVED ITI am so in awe of authors who can write in free verse and so far, I have been very lucky with my choices in this genre. This is truly a heart warming story that is a bittersweet and will have so so emotionally involved by the end of the first chapter your head will spin. Marcie's parents have been breaking up and the final straw is her father announcing he is gay, while her mother proceeds to fall apart. She is dragged off to a family vacation home in New Hampshire for the summer while her mother tries to collect herself. With no friends and the school year fast approaching, Marcie finds herself in the middle of new school far away from the safety of her nerdy friends known as the leftovers. She is also without her wonderful boyfriend who composes songs in her honor for his band to play.While stuck in New Hampshire, Marcie finds that to get anywhere she must walk, so when the walking turns into an enjoyable run, she find that she is losing weight. She also get all of the long hair she used to hide behind cut off and discovers that she has become someone all together new. Which doesn't go unnoticed by the new boy that turns out to be one of the popular kids and the total opposite of her school life in Idaho. With mixed feelings, she must now return to Idaho and her old life to live with her father since her mother is not quite capable of caring for her. With some truly awkward moments, she reunites with her old friends and boyfriend that is now her ex.There were so many emotional issues discussed in this book about divorce, learning to trust yourself, depression that, at times, it seemed like such an endurance trial that Marcie is forced to live through. She has to become the caregiver for her mother, that she can't face the fact that she was dishonest to her boyfriend and the feelings that she has for her father even though she thinks he has destroyed his life as well as her own. The ending nicely brings together all these complicated feelings that Marcie is having and shows how much she has grown.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing 10 months ago
* Hardcover: 448 pages * Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (December 27, 2011) * ISBN-10: 0062023586 * Author: Sarah Tregay * Cover Art: Very cute * Overall rating: *** out of 5 * Obtained: My personal bookshelf.Love and Leftovers by Sarah TregayReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews.My wishis to fallcranium over Conversein dizzy, daydream-worthylove.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?Love and Leftovers is a beautifully written story of one girl¿s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole. (Synopsis provided by goodreads)For me this book was just okay. I didn't love it, but I didn't hate it either. It's a book I will most likely forget about in a week or so. I've only read a few books in verse before. I liked the flow of this one the best so far, it got to the point and moved very quickly.It should be said that this book is for older teens, there is a lot of talk about sex in this book, a lot. I'd say a good quarter of the book or so deals with it. There are no sex scenes just talk about it. If you are easily offended by homosexuals in books, then this book is not for you as there is a gay character in it. I really wanted to love this book, when I picked it up, I knew it was a book in verse and set in two different places in the USA and that I liked the cover. That was it. I read this book in a few hours and while I don't regret reading it, I also am not overly glad I read it. It's just a middle of the road average okay story.I did have an issue with the ending, it felt forced and it all wrapped up a little too neatly. In a normal high school age group the issues that were brought up and the obstetricals the characters had to over come would never have just gone away that easily. That being said, I would pick up another book by this author again, if they write another, however, I'd get it from the library. Due to how much talk of sex is in this book and the fact that a character is gay, I expect this book to be challenged through out the next few years.
Bookswithbite on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I just love the way this book is written. Written in a beautiful format of verse poem style, the reader gets a great connection to the main character Marcie and watches her world fall apart. I love getting to know a character through short paragraphs but filled with so much emotions.Right from the start, we the meet Marcie who's world is turn upside down by her parents. Struggling and coming to terms of her parents split, Marcie learns more about love than she thought she would. I love that Marcie is wise but also has a lot to learn about love. Marcie is just at that age where nothing is seems as it is. She is struggling within herself longing to find what is the meaning of love? What is love? I adore when a character goes through a major change but also finds herself. At such a young age, Marcie had to come to terms with her parents decisions and you can see how if affected her. Parents don't realize what affect they have on their children. Just because this happens to her parents she thought it would happen to her. I like that the reader got to see and experience Marcie making her mistakes and learning from them.The love in this book is well all about love. The one thing I enjoyed about this book is that there was no fake love in here. We are people. People who make mistakes and keep secrets. I like that love is not some phenomenon but something that is work at, like Marcie found.This is a great book of what love really is. Making mistakes and forgiving. Not comparing someone's else's mistake to another making them pay for it. It's about love. Love is patient. Love is kind.
BookSpot on LibraryThing 10 months ago
When Marcie's parents' marriage falls apart, her mother doesn't take it well. It's coming up on Labor Day and their summer escape to Marcie's maternal grandmother's cabin in New Hampshire shows no sign of drawing to a close. With Marcie's group of friends - the 'Leftovers,' those who don't fit into any clique or particular social group - along with her emo-rocker boyfriend and her father left behind in Idaho, New Hampshire doesn't feel like home.But when Marcie starts school in New Hampshire and leaves her Leftover status behind and a cute boy starts bringing her breakfast every day, she thinks the new state might not be quite so horrible. But is this new relationship love? Was her last? Will she ever know?Love & Leftovers, is a great debut. Told in verse, it lets readers see just what we need to about Marcie and how she's coping with her move (that she does not at first realize is going to be a move) to New Hampshire and leaving her friends, boyfriend, and father behind. We see her mother who is dealing with her divorce very not like an adult, it would seem.The different poems allows to see how Marcie feels about different situations as well as the most important things that happen to her - and without anything extraneous. I am sometimes wary of verse novels over prose but I think the form was perfect for this story. It allowed things to focus on Marcie and to some of the things (including pronunciation of her name/the accents) seem like they would have been harder, seemed more awkward to include in a book told in traditional prose.While Love & Leftovers is marketed/reviewed as a love story, I didn't think that was the strongest part. I really loved Marcie figuring things out - what these new developments meant for and to her - and enjoyed her interactions with her friends and family, but the 'love story' wasn't that strong for me.Love & Leftovers is a great verse (and IM and conversation) novel) that does a fantastic job getting the emotion across, I think you'll enjoy this quick, lyrical read.
skaohee on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Love and Leftovers follows Marcie as she gets used to the idea that her "summer" vacation to New Hampshire has become her new permanent residence, after her parents get separated. This is mainly the story about how Marcie deals with this move; how her friendships and her relationships are affected.My FIRST VERSE novel! I was SO excited. I didn't know what I'd be in for, but I really enjoyed it and I feel like this really set the bar high for future verse novels. I was amazed at how easy it was to follow the story of Marcie even though each page has a concise and tight thought.I liked the story of Marcie and I really liked how much she grew throughout the novel. Did she make the "right choices"? No, not by any means but she learned from her mistakes and I appreciated her honesty (at the end). Also, the theme of the book is one that really resonated with me: Can you truly know what love is, unless you've lost it? An age old question tackled in a modern world and I loved it!
Andreat78 on LibraryThing 10 months 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. *
knitwit2 on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Told in verse. Marcie's dad falls in love with a man and her mon fles to NH and sinks into a deep depression. She has to deal with lonliness, a new school and missing her boyfriend and best pals back in Idaho. She falls into lust with a "player" at her new high school, Oyster River in Durham, NH. Ms. tregay gets most of the details about the real life town accurate. Typical teenage angst compounded with a messy parental situation create a good story. I'm not sure that an only child would so easily forgive the cheating parent and happily move in with him and his new boyfriend. I found that aspect a little far-fetched considering how deeply she dealt with the other highly charged emotinal situations in the book. Overall I enjoyed it and will recommend to kids at the library.
YABliss on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Love & Leftovers is a delightfully poetic, written-in-verse novel that follows a girl's path through understanding her parents and ultimately understanding herself. It is not a very deep story through it does touch some strong subjects like homosexuality and depression.I love the fusion of poetry and plot that verse novels provide. There's just so much weight and careful selection in each word, and such an elegant rhythm to the story, that they end up being almost a different category of books for me. I loved Marcie's voice and her journey through these tough times she's been forced into. The book is more like her poetry journal which made it even more special.The characters were not fully developed, but it felt right in the short space that verse ends up providing. I really enjoyed the bits and pieces of her dad's new relationship, and her relationship with Danny. The ending left my heart full, and my head filled with gorgeous words. So, this one is a short sweet read that contemporary fans will enjoy. I can't wait to read more from Sarah Tregay.
Dukiebri on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Marcie is forced to leave everything she knows behind when her parents split. She has to say goodbye to her boyfriend, Linus, her friends (affectionately known as The Leftovers), and even her father and his new, younger boyfriend. She has a hard time fitting in at her new school in New Hampshire, and with her mom wallowing in depression as a result of the divorce, Marcie finds herself trying to find friends at school and be a normal teenager while playing the parent at home and watching over her mother. Her boyfriend keeps talking about how much he misses her, which causes Marcie to be more upset. She feels alone and left out, and all she wants is someone to pay her some attention and hold her. When a boy at her school starts showing some interest in her, she finds herself spending more and more time with him, and soon things start to escalate physically. But what about the love she has for Linus? Is what they have real, or will their love crumble like her parents¿ did? I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by Love and Leftovers. The story is told from Marcie¿s point of view, and consists of her entries in her poetry journal. I do not particularly care for poetry, so I had some reservations when I started reading, but those reservations quickly vanished and I really got drawn into the story. This book is beautifully written and I really enjoyed reading it. Maybe I should try giving poetry another shot? I really felt for Marcie. After trying to start afresh at a new school, she finds herself unable to fit in, and she feels isolated from everyone. She starts having doubts that many girls have. Is there something wrong with her? Is she socially awkward? She also starts thinking about her relationship with Linus. He never made a move on her, but doesn¿t every 16-17 year boy want to get intimate with their girlfriend? Could Linus possibly be gay like her dad, which could explain why he never tried anything? Or is she just unattractive? Her emotions came across really well through her journal, and I felt like I understood Marcie. All the pain, sadness and happiness she feels, and even the doubts she has about herself, really make her character easy to connect to. Through her journal, the reader gets to see how Marcie matures and learns from the mistakes she makes, and I really liked her growing process. Overall, this was a really well written, cute story, and I really enjoyed reading it. I had a big smile on my face at certain times and there were other times where I laughed out loud. I would definitely check it out if you haven¿t already! This was an excellent debut by Tregay and I am excited to see what she comes out with next!
ilikethesebooks on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I read my first verse book this summer and I have really learned to appreciate the writing style. If you have never read a book written in verse, don't be afraid for one, and Love & Leftovers is a really great one to start with. I loved, loved, loved this book! I read it straight through in one sitting (okay... I may have gotten up for a snack). Okay, pretend for a second that this novel wasn't written in verse... The plot would be awesome, the characters really likable and unique and the description hilarious. Okay, now take out all of the "fluff" and get the core of the novel and that is what verse gives you. By being written this way, the reader is able to quickly get to the meat of the novel, to what you are dying to read more of. I fell in love with the cute, whiteness of the language, but also the sarcastic and darker tones as well. The verse was simply beautiful.I really liked this novel so much that I can't even say what I did like (and there was nothing I didn't like, so...). Really all there's left to do is say, read it!!! Get it from the bookstore, online (legally!), library, steal borrow from your friend - just get your hands on it, because it is definitely worth it.
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!
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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 :)