Monday, February 4, 2013

Magic Mondays - The Magic of Verse

Today, instead of picture books or children's books, I am reviewing a YA book.
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.

Rating: A

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:

What I am reading and why:
Bleak House – as part of a reading challenge(again!) and I keep getting detracted by the size of the book as well as distracted by other books.. So hope I can actually read it since I do love Dickens..

For What are you reading? @ Book Journey
Completed reading:
Secret of the Nagas by Amish (Personal copy) – reviewed here
Chloe's Vegan Desserts (digital ARC) – review and giveaway coming tomorrow
Love and Leftovers by Sarah Tregay (from library) - reviewed today
Following romances which I have reviewed here as Vidya
The Reluctant Earl by C.J.Chase
(digital ARC)
The Importance of Being Wicked by (digital ARC)  
Currently reading:
The Traveling Restaurant by Barbala Else (digital RC) 
Shakespeare on Toast by Ben Crystal (digital RC)
Bleak House by Charles Dickens
The Bracelet by Roberta Gately (review copy from publisher) 
Following romances which I will review here
Checkmate, My Lord by Tracey Devyln (digital ARC) 
and also a couple more books!!
Next on my list to read:
Murder in Mumbai (digital RC)

and a few more...

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3 comments:

  1. 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!

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  2. Yes, very funny. I like love.

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  3. Re: Musing Mondays - Frequently I get distracted by other books too. Here's my MM: http://daystarz.wordpress.com/2013/02/04/chatterbox/

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