Leftovers, by Laura Weiss, is a deep, intense story that breaks your heart at every turn. The author uses an interesting second-person point of view to describe the story which contributes to the memorability of the book. The author uses this point-of-view to give the reader the feeling that they themselves are inside of the story and going through everything. Needless to say, it creates a strong connection between the reader and the two narrators. The story is told as it is- bitter and sour with no sweet, sugar-coating layer to shield the reader, shocking the reader at the raw and powerful dose of manipulation, categorization, and different forms of abuse. The author could have given a little more attention to the physical features of the characters as it was challenging to play out the scenes without having a face to match the personalities. The author is able to create real, vivid, and relatable characters that capture your heart, but refuse your pity.
Reviewed by Lilit, Grade 12