I literally read Love & Leftovers in 1 1/2 hours last night. Or early this morning. I was trying to stay awake to watch Rafa Nadal at the Australian Open. I didn't plan on reading the entire book, but it was a very quick and easy read since it was in verse. I think I may read it again soon.
Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Love & Leftovers is told from Marcie's POV through her journal. It's not just a journal, it is poems and letters and song lyrics and they all come together to tell the story. Since this is written in verse you get the bare bones of the story without all the fluff and filler.
I thought this was an interesting book. The reader gets to see life through Marcie's eyes, and it's not always easy. She struggles with the idea of love and what being in love really means. She learns that being upfront and truthful causes less hurt (to both herself and others). I liked that Marcie had to suffer for her actions so she could learn from her mistakes.
I enjoyed Marcie learning how to relate to both of her parents after their divorce. I liked seeing Marcie mature a little and learn that she is not always going to get what she wants.
This is a really quick and easy read. I finished it in 1 1/2 hours because I just couldn't stop reading. All of the characters are believable and likable. Most of them struggle with different versions of loneliness. I felt that emotions and thoughts were expressed very well even though few words are used.
Love & Leftovers was a very satisfying read. It was cute and fun, but it also had an underlying note of lessons to be learned without being preachy.
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