Estelle: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Love & Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

Pages: 448
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (Imprint of HarperCollins)
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Hardcover bought from Barnes & Noble
Publication: December 27, 2011

Summary: When Marcie and her mom’s “escape” to New Hampshire becomes more of a permanent change, Marcie is forced to have long distance relationships with her boyfriend, best friends, and her father. Told through Marcie’s verse-filled journal, the chance to “start over” becomes tempting when a popular boy supplies plenty of donuts and flirting and she starts to question what love really feels like.

 It’s been a long time
since I’ve written a poem
so be kind.

But Marcie inspired me —
There is so much that
can be said in a verse.

Especially in a cute
& compact 400 pages
of randomly styled poems.

I could have been Marcie
a million light years ago
(okay not that many).

Her boyfriend won’t touch her.
(Is he gay?) Then there
is another who offers up

Coffee and donuts and running dates.
He makes her feel
Swoony and twisty and pretty.

Liking 2 guys at once.
Who hasn’t had this
same issue before?

Then her mom is depressed
And sort of distant
Because her dad has a boyfriend.

It’s easy to rush through
Love & Leftovers.
It’s hot refreshing real

Even though there are
so many ways to love,
It’s never easy to

Figure out

It’s even more fuzzy
When you are seesawing
Between who you were

 And who you are now.

 (The search that doesn’t
end no matter how old you get.)

L&L makes all those feelings
come rushing back.
And it’s not a bad thing.

It’s bright yet twisty
And funny and quirky
A read that makes me

Want to fill a dozen Moleskins
With sayings and gchats;
conversations and thoughts.

And questions.
Until things look
a bit more clear.

(Is that ever?)

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7 thoughts on “Estelle: Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay

  1. Alice says:

    WOW! This is an awesome review. You really capture the verse of the story and make me really intruged to read this book. I was a bit wary because it was in verse and I’m not quite sure how I would like that, but reading this review makes me want to grap it asap. <3 Thanks so much for writing it like this!

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