Friday, April 20, 2012

Love and Leftovers

In Sarah Tregay's novel in verse, Marcie's life is falling apart--her father has left her mother for a man, a young local bartender, and her mother has taken Marcie to live in their lake house in New Hampshire, hundreds of miles away from her friends, boyfriend, and life. Love and Leftovers chronicles Marcie's attempts to start over at a new school, while clinging to the life she wishes she still had.

I probably shouldn't have read another contemporary YA novel in verse so closely after finishing Sonya Sones' excellent books, since she is a master of the medium. While I was entertained by Love and Leftovers, it felt like a pale imitation of Sones' work, and since Tregay thanks Sones in the acknowledgments, that's possibly the case.

There are some parts of the book that I liked: I thought it was smart of Tregay not to explain everything for the reader. Since this book is supposed to be a collection of Marcie's poems, there shouldn't be an explanation for the characters' IM names or the inside jokes. I also loved the relationship that Marcie begins with her father's new boyfriend. It felt honest and his character had a lot of depth.

Still, I was underwhelmed and wanted a bit more from the book after having the bar set so high by Sonya Sones. I will be checking out Lisa Schroeder, whose name keeps coming up as another amazing author of contemporary novels in verse. Want a different opinion? Check out Mrs. V's review of Love and Leftovers.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for the honest review, I'm still looking forward to reading this one though! I can't wait to hear what you think of Lisa Schroeder, she is the reason I love in verse novels!

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  2. Yes, Lisa Schroeder is pretty great. I saw that she just posted the cover for her upcoming book on her website.

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