Leftover Girl

Leftover Girl

Leftover Girl Series Book 1

Young Adult - Mystery
281 Pages
Reviewed on 10/04/2017
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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.

Jessica Barbosa

Leftover Girl by C.C. Bolick focuses on Jessica Delaney, a supposedly normal, adopted sixteen-year-old girl whose family moves around too much for her to fit in anywhere. She would be normal except she has a tragic past she doesn’t remember that forces her to lie about who she is. Her family moves around constantly because of it, because of her. Everything changes when they move to Credence, her mom’s hometown, and she befriends her mom’s nephew and niece, Pade and Bailey. Jes is thrown onto a roller coaster of emotions and the typical problems of a teenager, but eventually her forgotten past and lies catch up with her. As she learns the truth, she is caught up in a world she didn’t expect. But will Jes give up what she currently has just to find out more about who she really is?

Bolick’s Leftover Girl takes the teenage woes of ‘not fitting in’ to a whole new level with Jes Delaney. Her character dyes her hair brown and wears brown contacts to match with her mom’s, she purposely does not perfect her scores in her English exam, and she lies about her past to seem more normal. This book tackles not only a teenager’s mindset and what they go through just to fit in, but it also gives a surprising twist to keep the story interesting. Jes was just like every other teenager; she was complex in her emotions, she was the new kid who had a crush, she was bullied, and most of the time she didn’t know what to do, and yet there was something special about her. Jes meeting Chase and befriending him was the highlight for me, it made the book more interesting to read and helped me keep an open mind on what happened next. It’s a book that is as mysterious as Jes's past, but equally as exciting to uncover. It had me reaching out for the second part the moment I read the last word.


Susan Sewell

A fifteen-year-old girl struggles with her identity in the intriguing mystery novel, Leftover Girl (Leftover Girl Series Book 1) by C.C. Bolick. Jessica Delaney can't remember her real name or her biological parents. Her memories begin at the age of four when her father and mother adopt her. Jessica knows nothing of her early life other than what she read in an old newspaper clipping and what her adoptive parents have told her. Because of her dark history, keeping Jessica hidden from the world is the family's primary objective. Therefore, they never stay anywhere long. From the day she is adopted, Jessica, her parents, and her twin brothers are always relocating to different towns and states. Recently, though, something has altered their usual routine. A few months before Jessica's sixteenth birthday, as they normally do, her parents have them pack to move. This time, however, her parents insist it is not the same as before. They are going to settle permanently in the small town that Jessica's mother grew up in, and her mother is going to teach math at Jessica's high school. After a lifetime of wandering and living a covert lifestyle, Jessica is skeptical. What makes this move unlike their previous ones? What has changed? Has it got anything to do with Jessica?

Leftover Girl (Leftover Girl Series Book 1) by C.C. Bolick is a spellbinding young adult mystery novel, surrounding the controversy of a teenage girl's identity. It is a riveting story that has an underlying science fiction subplot simmering beneath the surface. Woven in and out of the story are obscure teasers from Jessica's memory, mysterious characters, and romance. These fascinating aspects create a stunning novel that is irresistible and impossible to put down. Extraordinary events mingling with ordinary people bring the story to a dramatic conclusion. However, the story is not quite finished; the ending is left open for another exciting episode in Jessica's story. This is an astounding story in a spectacular series that will interest young adults who love mystery and science fiction novels.