Posted: Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 8:34 am
"Love and Leftovers" may not be what you think it looks like, but if you're open to surprises, it's better.
April is National Poetry Month! What's that you say? You're not sure you even LIKE poetry? Well, you've come to the right place. That's where your friend Christiana is coming from. I wouldn't say poetry is my jam, but I would say that I was pretty into Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay.
Novel-in-verse-ness aside, this is distinct and different from any other book I've ever read. Tregay takes topics we think we know about (love, long distance relationships, cheating, passion), and turns them on their head to show us a new side we may have never considered.
Not only is Marcie thrust into the aftereffects of her parent's marriage problems, but her summer-home-turned-permanent-living situation confuses her own relationship status with a boy back home (from her group of friends who call themselves "the leftovers"). What should she do when a cute boy at her new school starts bringing her breakfast and paying a lot of attention to her?
Even if poetry is not your thing, the story is excellent and will keep you enthralled. If poetry IS your thing, you'll appreciate the nuances and affectations Tregay has written in.