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Reviewed by Benjamin Ookami for Readers' Favorite
Leftover Girl is the first installment in the Leftover Girl series by C.C. Bolick. Somebody has found out about fifteen-year-old Jessica Delaney, the adopted daughter of Justin and Lorraine Delaney. As a result, the Delaney family have to leave an Atlanta trailer park behind and go to Credence, Lorraine’s hometown. At a party, Jes ends up kissing Pade, the son of her adopted mother’s sister. A relationship with him can be tricky since they are part of the same family. Like Jes, the son of an exacting new English teacher is also a newcomer. His name is Chase and Jes quickly becomes friends with him. He also has blue eyes like her. They might have more in common than Jes could ever imagine. What’s more, Chase is from another planet.
High school is a slippery world where the word “cool” means more to teenagers than it does to adults and it's no different in this book. What I liked about this book is that the author made me feel like I was back in high school again with all of its accompaniments. Jes is an interesting character because she has a past that she cannot remember and her adopted parents try their best to protect her from it. For the first half of the book, readers are pretty much reading a realistic young adult romance novel; when Chase reveals his secret, the pages start turning themselves. The author doesn’t rely heavily on the elements of science fiction, but skillfully plays around with it so that her characters can truly shine.