Wednesday, June 23, 2010

"Forget-Her-Nots" by Amy Brecount White [4]

Something - some power - is blooming
inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.

Laurel suspects her new found ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.

Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother has also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?

Wow what a wonderful first novel and such a different idea to write about. I was totally in thralled with it. Laurel is a young 14 year old girl who has just lost her mother to cancer, her father has seemed to move on with his life and Laurel feels like he has forgotten his wife. To feel closer to her mum she goes to the same boarding school, Avondale. What starts off as a oral report turns into something just a little bit more than that. Laurel realizes that she has this magical gift with flowers and she wants to know why. As she starts to learn about her gift, things start to also get a little bit weird and out of hand. Can she keep secrets and promises made without getting into more trouble and can she also help those that she promised.

A surprising beautifully written novel, that has a interesting story about friendships, finding love and trusting in yourself. This is a book I'd recommend to any young teen to read. The book seems to end with a possible sequel which would be great as we could see how Laurel grows in her abilities and strengths. I really enjoyed this delightful story. Such a pretty cover too.

I rate this book 4 stars.
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