Leftovers by Laura Wiess

The daughter of an aspiring judge and her best friend, a loner whose parents and brother party all the time, find themselves contemplating a devastating and dangerous course of action when confronted with a very personal injustice.

The friendship between Ardith and Blair in Leftovers is somewhat reminiscent of the movie Heavenly Creatures, one of my all-time favorites. Alienated from their parents and desperate for a connection, the relationship between the girls blurs boundaries and takes on life-saving properties for both of them. And when rupture occurs, violence follows.

I loved these girls even as they scared me to death. I really impressed with the layered, complicated story that Laura Wiess created for them. I think this book is heads and shoulders above most issue-driven YA and I think it’s a must-read for any fan of the genre.

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