Thursday, March 11, 2010
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
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.
Forget-Her-Nots is a rich and original debut by a very talented debut author that yet again proves what a fantastic year 2010 is going to be for YA.
To be honest, I didn't particularly like this book in the beginning. I even considered giving up once. I don't know why exactly, maybe because I found it to be a bit strange at first or something? Though, luckily, I stayed with it and shortly discovered what a great book For-Her-Nots was.
There are many aspects that made it a success, in my opinion. One would be the fantastic cast of characters Amy brought to live within this. Laurel was my personal favorite out of the bunch because I loved seeing her develop from the sad girl she become after her Mom's demise to someone who bloomed to be a beautiful person just like one of her favorite things- flowers. Further more, I loved reading about the different meaning behind flowers (For instance, did you cedar means strength or that basil means hatred? I certainly didn't before reading this.) and the fantasy elements that Amy brought to play because of it. The flashback sceanes between Laurel and her mother were also one of my favorite things about this book. Plus, the writing was absoultly stunning leaving me to just want to sit in soak it all in. Though, this didn't happen much because I was constanly turning the pages, dying to know what was going to happen next.
In all, Forget-Her-Nots is a darling and enchanting read that I can't wait to talk about with others!
Forget-Her-Nots will be released March 2, 2010!
Source: 1 ARC Tours