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.