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I thought I'd celebrate by sharing some of Marcie's poems. Visit my poems page here.

Summary

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?

Love and Leftovers, an ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults title, is a beautifully written story of one girl’s journey navigating family, friends, and love, and a compelling and sexy read that teens will gobble up whole.

Starred Review From School Library Journal
The author does a terrific job of keeping the plot moving by using poetry to her advantage. Reluctant readers will appreciate the brevity while poetic souls will appreciate the format. full review
–Kimberly Castle-Alberts
Stark County District Library, Canton, OH

From The Horn Book Guide:
The first-person verse narration wrought with satisfying angst makes Marcie’s woes and joys palpable. full review

From Booklist:
This first novel may make teenage readers’ hearts beat a bit faster. full review
— Ann Kelley

From Publisher's Weekly:
With multiple shredded relationships and friendships, there’s more than enough angst to go around, as Marcie rages against the decisions her parents have made, as well as her own. full review

From Kirkus Reviews:
A verse novel with real depth to accompany all that white space. full review

From VOYA:
Although the words are simple, the themes of Love and Leftovers are not. full review
—Ed Goldberg

From the Bulletin for the Center of Children's Books:
[Marcie's] story is thus as credible as her voice, and readers will relate to her complicated but accessible heartbreak, as she, like her parents, makes mistakes and struggles to fix them. full review
—Karen Coats


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