Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Review: Love & Leftovers

Love & Leftovers

Author: Sarah Tregay


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?

Published 27 December 2011


Okay, normally
No, scratch that
I mean-- almost always
I'm not that into novels in verse.

I mean, I know it's 

But I just can't get into it,
Like a good worn leather-bound copy of Dickens,
Or a glossy covered paperback Legend. 

I know a Greek nanny who once told me about Odysseus,
But who cares,
Let me tell you about Love & Leftovers:

I think a funny thought,
I should review in verse.
Perhaps you may balk, 
But I'm not the first. 

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay,
Warmly surprised me more than I thought. 
Real and heart-wrenching,
A book every conflicted teenager should have bought.

It tells the tale of every girl,
Who ever liked two boys at once.
It can be me or you or perhaps, her,
Looking for another chance. 

Raw emotion shines brightly through
Verses that make you think. 
Never thought that I'd cry,
But my tears were on the brink. 

Of first love and second chances,
How one could feel alone.
She craves every stranger's embrace,
For that little warmth bestowed. 

When distance pulls two hearts apart,
Love is hard to hold on to. 
When absence brings no fondness to the heart,
She is forced again to choose. 

Her father's gay,
Her mother's depressed,
Her family's broken
Beyond repair. 

New house,
New school,
New life,
New friends.
She tried to grasp on to all that she cared. 

But just when it seemed like she could move on,
She had to move back to where she came from. 
It no longer seemed like the place she used to belong. 

What's left of love when there's a gap too large to be filled?

Sometimes when you get a second chance,
Remember what's love.

Healing hearts and giving roses. 
Is always precious.
Don't wait till the door closes,
Until you're already a leftover. 


AHHHHH, I'm so proud of myself! I spent loads of time rhyming this string of words, hoping the poem would touch you as deeply as how the book touched me. The book told a real story with raw emotion and truthful confessions that reached me despite the tiny amount of words.

This is my first time reading a novel in verse, and though it's not a compelling classic, I'm glad to say that I liked it very much.

Give it a try. You might be shocked at how similar your life is to Marcie's.

Source: From the library



  1. Your review is cool!! The verse format is really cool :D

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  3. Cool way of reviewing! ^^ but can I ask, how come this post has all the good comments but got only 3.5 stars, while some other post have a few critisicms, but got like 4.5? XD just curious(:

    Jiayou with blogging!(:

    1. Thanks! And as for your question, every book has it's redeeming point, and when I can see the skill of the writer, I will mention it in my review. For this book, I couldn't find anything bad to say about it. I'm also new to this form of writing, hence, I've no right to criticize. For other books which are dazzling classics that blow you away, it's so much easier to see the gaping hole in their story. Such holes prevent them from being a 5-starred novel.

      Thanks again for your lovely question :)

  4. Hey, lovely poem you got there and what a way of reviewing! Have you heard of Poemhunter.com? It's a poetry website where you can publish your poetry. You can check out my poems over there in your spare time. I do also have a prose blog at Nice Lil Cuppas on blogger.


    I look forward to more reviews from you. Kudos to your in depth reviews.


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