My Family’s Summerhouse


My mother


doesn’t understand

that this


is a summerhouse

(meant to be lived in

only during the summer.)


It is almost Labor Day.


Next week,

I’ll start my sophomore year

at Oyster River High School

in Durham, New Hampshire,


because she doesn’t have the courage

to go home

to Boise, Idaho.

Excerpt copyright © 2011 Sarah Tregay

 About the book:

When her parents split, Marcie is dragged from Idaho to a family summerhouse in New Hampshire. She leaves behind her friends, a group of freaks and geeks called the Leftovers, including her emo-rocker boyfriend, and her father. By the time Labor Day rolls around, Marcie suspects this “vacation” has become permanent. She starts at a new school where a cute boy brings her breakfast and a new romance heats up.

But understanding love, especially when you’ve watched your parents’ affections end, is elusive. What does it feel like, really? Can you even know it until you’ve lost it?

What people are saying:

“The author does a terrific job of keeping the plot moving by using poetry to her advantage. Reluctant readers will appreciate the brevity while poetic souls will appreciate the format.”–School Library Journal, Starred Review

“A verse novel with real depth to accompany all that white space.”—Kirkus Reviews

“The formal variety of Tregay’s poems creates an immediacy that should maintain readers’ interest and sympathy for Marcie. With multiple shredded relationships and friendships, there’s more than enough angst to go around, as Marcie rages against the decisions her parents have made, as well as her own.”—Publisher’s Weekly

“Although the words are simple, the themes of Love and Leftovers are not.”—VOYA

“Amazing. The most delicious love story I’ve read in ages.”–Lauren Myracle, New York Times bestselling author of SHINE

Released: December 27, 2011

About the author:

Sarah Tregay is a graphic designer. When she isn’t jotting down poems at stoplights, Sarah can be found hanging out with her “little sister” from Big Brothers Big Sisters. She lives in Eagle, Idaho, with her husband, two Boston terriers, and an Appaloosa named Mr. Pots. You can visit her at