Today, instead of picture books or children’s books, I am reviewing a YA book – Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
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Love and Leftovers – Sarah Tregay
I picked this book up purely by chance – I would have never picked it up or rather not even come across it by myself if not for participating in this reading challenge – Novel in Verse – this year. The challenge mentioned this book as an example and I put it on hold at our local library. And once I started it, I found it to be a delight – reading a novel in verse does not detract from the story at all, instead I marveled at the ingenuity of the writer and how she wrote this whole novel in verse.
The words seem to flow across the book entertaining us with rhyme, pattern, free verse, and more while relating an equally delightful story of young love/first loves. I enjoyed this book – it was a light read that at the same time portrayed teen angst and troubles that a typical/or atypical teen might go through!
The leftovers in this book are a group of teens – misfits – very different from each other and very different from teens in different cliques in their high schools – so they dubbed themselves the leftovers when they banded together. Marcie is one of the leftovers and when her parents split up, her mother takes her away from Idaho across the country. Her struggles with her parents issues, her own efforts to make it in a new town, a new school, and begin all over again when life takes another turn – all this are portrayed realistically in the book.
This is a book that YA readers will enjoy, and if you love to try reading novels in verse, then you should read this book. This story of teen love, teen friendships, teen life is a great read and I recommend it.
For my Monday kid’s/YA books reviews, the book reviewed here
today goes towards the weekly meme at Jen and Kellee’s – and What are You Reading? From Picture Books to YA
For Musing Mondays at Should Be Reading, I picked the following question from the choices offered:
Secret of the Nagas by Amish (Personal copy) – reviewed here
– review and giveaway coming tomorrow
The Reluctant Earl by C.J.Chase (digital
Else (digital RC)
Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal (digital RC)
and a few more…
3 thoughts on “Magic Mondays – The Magic of Verse: Love and Leftovers”
Novels in verse don't go over too well with middle school students. I think high schoolers are more likely to get into the teen angsty side of poetry!
Yes, very funny. I like love.
Re: Musing Mondays – Frequently I get distracted by other books too. Here's my MM: http://daystarz.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/chatterbox/