Saturday, April 28, 2012

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Release Date: December 27, 2011
Publisher: Katherine Tegan Books

Marcie has been dragged away from home for the summer--from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She's left 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 "summer vacation" has become permanent. She has to start at a new school, and there she leaves behind her Leftover status when 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?  - Amazon.com
I had a little trouble getting into this one like I hoped I would.  Perhaps it was the fact that the book was written in verse and I've never really been a fan of that style of novel.  It's more distracting to me than engaging.  Another thing that kind of pulled me out of the story is that it was a tad bit predictable to me.  There was a love triangle... and I kind of knew that one side of the love interest was going to go anywhere, and then boom, I'm right.  And then coincidentally, things change to put Marcie back where she was, there's a little conflict there, and then boom, resolution. 

Marcie was really the only character in the story that I really felt like I knew.  Everyone else was sort of like looking at a picture... a little flat and two dimensional.  I really wished I could have seen a bit more depth in some of those other characters.

Lastly, the conflict in the story was based mainly on a big misunderstanding, in my view.  So I never really felt like there was a mounting level of emotional buildup.  All in all, I admired the author's ability, but the book fell a little flat for me.



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