Saturday, June 16, 2012
Love & Leftovers, by Sarah Tregay
There's a lot going on in Marcie's life and verse may not be the best way to express it. While verse novels can be powerful, complexities and subplots tend to get buried in the quest to produce poignant lines. There are some lovely literary devices (the simultaneous monologues -- where two characters speak at the same time and which pepper the book -- are particularly effective), but often the format becomes distracting.
Despite the limitations of the approach, Marcie stands out as a memorably strong character. I really liked the mixture of apprehension and bravery that she expresses. There's something realistic and vulnerable about having her be able to admit her fear of intimacy but yet boldly declare her demand for passion. This combination of anxious child and proto-adult worked in making Marcie one of the more sympathetic characters I have read in some time. Big kudos to Tregay for that accomplishment!