Monday, December 7, 2009

Leftovers by Laura Wiess

****Leftovers by Laura Wiess****

Originality- 18/20
Characters- 17/20
Remembrance- 8/10
Quote-ability- 7/10
Entertainment- 17/20
Ending- 9/10
Recommend to read- 8/10
TOTAL- 84/100
Grade- B

Blair and Ardith are best friends who have committed an unforgivable act in the name of love and justice. But in order to understand what could drive two young women to such extreme measures, first you'll have to understand why. You'll have to listen as they describe parents who are alternately absent and smothering, classmates who mock and shun anyone different, and young men who are allowed to hurt and dominate without consequence. You will have to learn what it's like to be a teenage girl who locks her bedroom door at night, who has been written off by the adults around her as damaged goods. A girl who has no one to trust except the one person she's forbidden to see. You'll have to understand what it's really like to be forgotten and abandoned in America today.

Are you ready?

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Leftovers was a truly gripping read. I was a little sketchy about what was happening until I realized that the two girls were telling their story to someone.

Each character had their own personal problems and only had each other to help them. I loved how close the two girls are, even when they are forced to be apart they find ways to be together. When they started to grow apart I felt so bad.

By the end of the book when the girls do something horrible I'm not sure how to feel about them. I want to continue to feel bad for them, but they still had no right to do what they did. There were other things that could have been done. Instead of telling the truth to fix things and sacrificing a little of themselves they destroy someone's life.

My final feelings for Leftovers is split. There were several things that grated on my nerves but I really want to like it. Still I think I will check out Wiess's other novels. The idea was great so go to the library and read it at least.

-Amanda

1 comment:

Michelle said...

You should definitley check out more of her novels. They're fantastic. :)