Verse Week Guest Review: Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay
Today, we're thrilled to welcome Ashton, who many of you probably know from Goodreads or Twitter, who bravely volunteered to read her first verse novel and write a review of it as part of our Novel in Verse Week celebrations. When she asked for suggestions for a first verse novel, I had to suggestion Sarah Tregay's Love & Leftovers, which was also Laura's first, and sent her on the path to novel in verse obsession.
Let's see if Love & Leftovers had the same effect on Ashton, shall we? ~Sarah
When I signed up for this guest post, I had never read a novel in verse before. It had never appealed to me considering I had written horrible poetry as a teenager. I did not want to relive those same awful attempts of my past.
After reading Sarah Tregay’s Love and Leftovers, I was incredibly surprised at how un-poetic it was. It was messy, funny, sweet, and awkward in the best way. The main character, Marcie’s prose was brutally honest. She didn’t hold anything back, and I felt like I was 16 again--angry and hurt over the injustices she had to deal with. I wanted to yell at her parents, and knock their heads together so they could understand how they were hurting their daughter. I wanted Marcie to stand up for herself, and her choices.
The idea of verse novels was, for me, like Becky Sproles. At first, she annoyed me, yet Sarah was singing her praises. It wasn’t until I gave this book a chance, much like Becky herself, that I saw what everyone had been talking about. I fell head over heels for it. I couldn’t put it down- I stayed up until the wee hours of the night just so I could finish. Even if I didn’t agree with all of Marcie’s choices, I knew that she would find her way.
I’m really glad I took a chance on this book. Now I’m looking forward to reading even more verse novels. So if you’re still unsure, just read this book--you won’t regret it.