Monday, March 1, 2010
"Bright cut flowers, leaves of green
Bring about what I have seen..."
Synopsis: When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn't so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don't always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she's soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.
Thoughts: When I first saw this book, I knew I wanted to check it out. It seemed like a new, fun concept which has yet to be touched. And, come on... What girl doesn't love flowers?
Well, I'm glad I did because Forget-Her-Nots is absolutely adorable. Laurel transfers to the Avondale boarding school shortly after her mother's death. It's an easy escape. She can't speak to her friends without sympathy, her father's always busy and her mother attended Avondale. Unfortunately, Laurel is a loner from the start. Everyone else has attended Avondale their entire lives. Everyone views Laurel as the "shy girl." This all soon changes. Laurel receives 3 mysterious flowers outside her door. She doesn't know who they're from, but decides to use them for a class presentation based on the language of flowers. She soon finds out about the history behind flowers and the women in her family.
Forget-Her-Nots is beautifully written, especially considering it's directed more towards the middle school crowd. What I liked about this novel are the relationships between Laurel, her mother and her father. They felt real and can be heart breaking at times. Especially the flashbacks.
I read some people complain about the language used. For example: "luv" instead of love and how some words are drawn out. Keep in mind, the book is directed towards a younger crowd. And isn't that how some teens speak?
I will say the pacing is a bit slow at times. I also would've liked to see more character developement between the secondary characters. All in all, I thought Forget-Her-Nots to be adorable and refreshing. I've never wanted flowers (or a tussie-mussie) more in my life! I hope to read more from Amy Brecount White.