LOVE & LEFTOVERS by Sarah Tregay

LOVE & LEFTOVERS

Age Range: 12 & up
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KIRKUS REVIEW

A girl cheats on her boyfriend, regrets it and writes it all in poems in this new verse novel.

Marcie moves to New Hampshire with her depressed and inattentive mother when her parents split. Her dad, it seems, is gay and has begun life with a new boyfriend. Marcie wants to return to Idaho and her friends, the “leftovers” in her high school, including her own boyfriend, musician Linus. Meanwhile, however, she meets drop-dead handsome J.D. and allows an innocent friendship with him to become a romance. When she does return to Idaho to live with her father, her relationships with both Linus and the other friends she left behind have changed. Tregay’s choice to write in verse works well, her spare but effective language artfully evoking what otherwise might be a conventional high-school romance. Personalities stand out well, especially Marcie, Linus and J.D. Marcie’s loneliness and guilt drive the story until its resolution. The father’s completely accepted gay relationship, although mostly in the background, adds an element of interest. It all feels realistic and makes for an interesting, attractive novel.

A verse novel with real depth to accompany all that white space. (Fiction. 12 & up)

Pub Date: Dec. 27th, 2011
ISBN: 978-0-06-202358-2
Page count: 464pp
Publisher: Katherine Tegen/HarperCollins
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 2011




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