Wiess, Laura. Leftovers.

Author:MacGregor, Amanda
Position:Young adult review - Brief article - Book review

WIESS, Laura. Leftovers. Simon & Schuster. 232p. c2008. 978-1-4165-4662-7 $12.00. S *

This tale begins at the end. Taking turns, Blair and Ardith tell their story--their confession--to an unknown listener. Though they are only 15, it quickly becomes clear that they are bitter, jaded, and have seen too much for their young age. They grimly tell their listener that there are some hard lessons one has to learn to survive the transition from child to teenager, and their story is laden with them. Blair and Ardith come from dysfunctional families where the girls are basically on their own. As their story unravels, the listener learns of the drinking, abuse, rape, and neglect that define their lives. The girls cling to each other, but Blair's mother does her best to keep them apart. They muddle along, just barely surviving their personal hells. When an accident brings their families together in an unlikely way, the girls can't take it any more. Sick of watching their families pretend to be people they aren't, the girls develop a plan to expose the truth, hoping the outcome will change their lives for good.

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