Format/pages: Read Overdrive library ebook, also available in hardcover 451 pages.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
Love and Leftovers caught my eye with its cute cover and title, and discovering it’s a verse novel just clinched the deal. I’ve only read a handful of verse novels so far but have really fallen for the format. Usually the stories are quick but fulfilling reads, and impactful with the expressive, sparse prose. The style works well for this book because the main character Marcie writes short poetic entries in her journal, which becomes the format for the book.
Marcie and her mother beat a hasty retreat out of Idaho one summer and head to New Hampshire when her parent’s marriage dissolves. Marcie leaves behind her rocker boyfriend Linus and group of friends they have dubbed the Leftovers. Summer turns to fall and soon Marcie is starting a new school year in her new adopted home. She’s out of the Leftover group at her new school when popular football player JD starts to pay her some attention. Marcie has mixed feelings about her new life and her father and friends she left behind and tries her best to hold it together.
I like the idea of the Leftovers, the group of friends who don’t fit into one particular group. I always liked the Leftover, or Floater group in school and think that’s a fun group to be in. Marcie, though, makes it sound kind of negative and would rather join the popular group in her new school. Things get questionable when Marcie is less than honest with her loving boyfriend back home about her new life in New Hampshire.
Marcie is flawed and realistic, and I could relate to her even though I didn’t always agree with her way of handling things. I liked how she grew as a person throughout the book, and the way the relationships with her friends and family evolved. There are some great emotional and heartwarming scenes with the adults and friends in Marcie’s life.
Love and Leftovers is an enjoyable book, perfect for contemporary fans or for fans of verse novels. The characters, witty writing, and story are entertaining and make it a quick read. I would love to read more from Sarah Tregay.
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Genre: Young Adult Romance/Holiday/Short Stories
Format/pages: Own Kindle edition, also available in paperback 352 pages.
Rating: 4 / 5 Stars
I was looking around for a holiday themed read on Christmas Eve and remembered that I promised myself to read Let it Snow this year, a book my daughter recommended to me last December. Three awesome YA authors and three interwoven holiday themed short stories sounded like just the ticket. This book is a lot of fun and provided a good amount of holiday cheer. The quirky characters, witty and smart dialogue, funny moments, and romance all made for a satisfying, cozy read.
The first story, The Jubilee Express, written by Maureen Johnson, is my favorite. Jubilee’s Christmas Eve plans are dashed when her parents are jailed in a Santa Village shopping frenzy. Jubilee has to miss her boyfriend’s party and take off on a train to stay with her grandparents. When the train gets caught in the snow in Gracetown, she stops at the Waffle House for some food and leaves with Stuart who offers to let her stay with his family while she’s stranded. Stuart and Jubilee find they have a lot in common as they spend Christmas Eve getting to know each other. I would love to read a whole book about these characters, and was sad to see this charming story end.
The second story, A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle, written by John Green, is the comic relief of the collection. In this story Tobin is called on a mission to the Waffle House to bring down a game of Twister for the train stranded cheerleaders. Tobin, JP and The Duke try to drive through the treacherous snow to get to the Waffle House to complete their task and to score some hash browns. This one was funny, with snappy dialogue and I liked the way the characters overlapped from the previous story. Glad to read more from John Green.
The last story, The Patron Saint of Pigs, by Lauren Myracle, is about redemption, love and friendship, and even features an adorable teacup pig. Self-absorbed Addie is trying to mend her relationship with Jeb, who was also on the train with Jubilee and the cheerleaders. This story ties the collection together and comes full circle as Jeb’s mysterious girlfriend Addie is featured. This one has some tender moments as Addie tries to make amends with her friends and Jeb. The only other book by this author I’ve read by Lauren Myracle is Shine, so it was interesting to see this other side of her.
This collection was just what I was looking for and gave me a good dose of holiday spirit. Christmas is in the backdrop of every story, but is not heavily featured so it’s still a good read any time of year. I liked all of the stories, but Jubilee’s was my favorite. My daughter recommends reading them in reverse order so you end the book on a high note with the first story so maybe I’ll try that next year. Would love to see more holiday short story anthologies like this. The overlapping characters made it a fun, cohesive collection. Recommended if you enjoyed Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares or are a fan of any of the three authors.
Here is what I read and reviewed in September:
70. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi
71. Succubus Revealed by Richelle Mead
72. Anna Dressed In Blood by Kendare Blake
73. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
74. A Need So Beautiful by Suzanne Young
75. Saving June by Hannah Harrington
76. Indelible by Lani Woodland
77. Envy by Gregg Olsen
78. The Future Of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Mackler
Book Stats for September:
Books read: 9
Favorite Book Read: Anna Dressed In Blood
Reading Challenge Updates:
Read 100 Books in a year: 78/100
2011 Debut Authors: 19/29
YA Historical Fiction: 3/15
Current Giveaways: Today is the last day to enter!
What were some of your favorite books read in September? What are you looking forward to reading this month? I hope to read a few creepy and scary books- any suggestions? Have a great October!