Books for Younguns, Young Adults and the Young-at-Heart

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

Love and Leftovers

High school is hard enough without your mom dragging you across the country after splitting up with your dad.  Even that wouldn't be so strange if it weren't for your dad's new boyfriend.  And that throws a whole new light on the fact that your boyfriend never makes a move...

Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay is a debut novel in verse.

When Marcie's dad announces he's gay, her mother packs them up and moves from their home in Idaho to the family vacation house in New Hampshire.  Marcie leaves behind her best friends, a group of people who don't fit in with any of the cliques.  Soon she meets a new group, including a guy who throws her chaste relationship with boyfriend Linus into doubt.  Marcie's emotions through various triumphs and betrayals are depicted through her poetry journal, giving us a raw insight into her inner life.  Her hurts feel as unjust to us as to her.  Even when she causes pain in others, we feel are so in tune with her that we long to explain why she should be forgiven.  Her butterflies of young love are expressed just as vividly, making this a delightful roller coaster of a read.  The bonus of dealing with LGBT parents is welcome to the genre.

Love and Leftovers is published by Katherine Tegen Books and retails for $17.99 (hardcover).  I got my Advance Readers Copy from the publisher (although this review was not solicited or otherwise compensated).  You can get yours at Left Bank Books today!

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