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Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Love and Leftovers
My wish is to fall cranium over Converse in dizzy, daydream-worthy love.(If only it were that easy.)
When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves 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 “vacation” has become permanent. She starts at a new school where 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?
Raised without television, Sarah Tregay started writing her own middle grade novels after she had read all of the ones in the library. She later discovered YA books, but never did make it to the adult section. When she’s not jotting down poems at stoplights, she can be found hanging out with her “little sister” from Big Brothers Big Sisters. Sarah lives in Eagle, Idaho with her husband, two Boston Terriers, and an appaloosa named Mr. Pots. Her next book, Fan Art, will be released in June.
Guest Post: What is your character reading?
Throughout Love and Leftovers, Marcie, leaves hints about what she has been reading. Marcie is on a quest for love and acceptance—despite her parent’s current relationship troubles—and some of her reading choices are little side trips in her journey.
Early on, she finds comfort—and answers—in the happy endings of the romance novels that her Aunt Greta leaves behind at the summerhouse, even though her mother doesn’t approve. (Her mom is both a feminist and an author who doesn’t think much of genre fiction.)
Other reads on Marcie’s nightstand are Sonya Sones’s verse novel, What My Girlfriend Doesn’t Know; Cecily von Ziegesar’s Gossip Girl series;Toni Morrison’s Song of Solomon; and classics like Charlotte Brontë’s Jayne Eyre and Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility. There’s a little Shakespeare left over from English class.Sam, the Goth girl at Oyster River High School, also loves classic literature and can’t live without Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
Marcie’s haphazard pile of books on her nightstand mirrors the types of books I read when I was sixteen—books my mom thought were good, YA reads, and classics I read to impress my English teacher.