“The Thing About Leftovers” by C. C. Payne is a book about Fizzy, who is a good Southern girl who just wants to be perfect. And win the Southern Living Cook-Off. The being perfect part is hard though, since her parents’ divorced and everything in her life has changed. She now only has one bright spot in her life. Her Aunt Liz, who shares with Fizzy the passion of cooking. Every day Fizzy visits her Aunt Liz, and they cook together, coming up with recipes for the Southern Living Cook-Off, a competition where everyone in America sends in recipes. Then whoever sent the top recipes would come to a hotel in South Carolina. Then the contestants cook for the judges to test and see who is the best chef in America, based on the taste of the recipe.
There is one person that Fizzy despises with all her heart. That would be Keene, her mom’s fiance. Keene is a neat-freak and comes off as a jerk, which made it hard for Fizzy to accept him. Most of this book is about Fizzy coming to terms with Keene. Some kids from today’s generation may be able to relate to this, but many cannot. I won’t spoil the end but wow, are there a lot of surprises.
Fizzy’s mom wants to start fresh on her family. However, that makes Fizzy a “leftover kid”. Which she really, really, really doesn’t want. Because Fizzy doesn’t see how her family could start fresh and not have her be old news. It was hard for me to relate to this, but to others this would be a sad book.
I am glad I read this book so I can understand if this happens to any of my future friends. This is a no-picture chapter book. It has 288 pages and has a good plot.
I recommend this book for ages 9-12 because younger people would not understand, while older people simply would not enjoy it. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this a 7 because of the plot and the personalities of the main characters.