Saturday, October 23, 2010
Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
I don't read a whole lot of "young adult" books - I figure there are scads of YA book blogs who do a much better job of covering this genre! But I was intrigued with the premise of "Forget-Her-Nots" by Amy Brecount White, and I wasn't a bit disappointed in this delightful book.
Here is a little about the book:
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 newfound 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 had 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?
I was charmed by this tale of teenage romance and magic. I can remember finding a small book entitled "The Language of Flowers" when I was a young girl and being fascinated by the different meanings to all the different flowers, and this "language" is the primary premise of this story. Anyone who enjoys a little magic sprinkled in their love stories will just adore this book. I hope that Laurel's story is continued in the future - I, for one, would love to know more about her!
About The Author:
Amy Brecount White has taught English literature and writing to middle school and high school students. She has written numerous articles and essays for publications such as the Washington Post, but Forget-Her-Nots is her first novel. She can often be found in her garden and gives flowers to her friends and family whenever she can, though none have had magical effects—yet.
Amy Brecount White lives with her family in Arlington, Virginia. Check out her website at http://www.amybrecountwhite.com/
This book is from my private collection.