The Thing About Leftovers – C. C. Payne

the thing about leftoversFizzy is a young girl going through a lot of changes in her life. Her parents have divorced, her father remarried, and now her mother has a new beau in her life. Fizzy isn’t particularly enamored with either of these step-parents, and they aren’t necessarily supportive of her being around either. Throughout the changes and chaos in her life, Fizzy has one passion to default to for relief and creativity: cooking. She and her aunt cook constantly in preparation for a cooking competition that Fizzy desperately wants to win. School also becomes a relief for Fizzy. Through some chance encounters, she makes a quirky and supportive new best friend, and a dashing yet complicated fellow starts tagging as long as well. Over the course of a year, Fizzy realizes that life isn’t necessarily as horrible as it might seem, and that friends and family will always be there to love and support you.

I picked up this book somewhat randomly, intrigued by the quirky title, and read it voraciously until I was finished. The writing style immediately engaged me, and the story was relatable and touching in many ways. This story made me laugh, cry, and think. The writing was captivating and I felt like I was a part of Fizzy’s world and going through her struggles right there with her. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

eGalley review                                                            Publication date 7.19.16

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