Book Review - Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White

Wednesday April 7, 2010

by Amy Brecount White
March 2, 2010
Greenwillow Books

Summary: 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.

Review: After reading this book I felt like I should start planning a beautiful flower garden in my backyard. It seems I'm missing out on all the magical "powers" that flowers can have over people! I definitely fell head over heels for this book...the story of Laurel and her gifts and all the wonderful information on what each flower means...For example, I am giving you all a White Bellflower which means "gratitude" (as in thanks for checking out my blog:)

Laurel is a recent addition to Avondale School after the passing of her mother who was also a student there. Once she discovers she has a definite gift with flowers she is desperate to find out more about it and others like herself. Unable to reach her grandmother who is still mourning the death of Laurels mother, she does research on her own when she finds a mysterious old book in the library that is about the language of flowers.

Once word gets out Laurel is overwhelmed with requests for her special bouquets...from friends and mean girls alike. Without any real guidance, Laurel flounders and fails to understand her gift and how and when to use it. Things look up when a teacher at Avondale seems to understand what Laurel is going through.

I really loved and appreciated this wonderful coming-of-age story. Like the book says, this story is "blooming with romance, mystery and intrigue"!  A lot of teen readers may also identify with Laurels grieving process, as well as her feelings about her father and the fact that he may have started dating. This is balanced well with the funnier aspects of Laurels antics as she practices her gift and at one point has her cousin following the schools resident "mean girl" around like a love sick puppy! Not to mention the ghostly aspect of a possible haunting at the schools conservatory (think giant greenhouse).

A well written story that will be a sure hit with tweens and teens alike!

Find out more about the book and the language of flowers at the authors website:


The Book Buffet said...

Nice review! I have picked up this book at my bookstore a few times, not sure if I should get it or not. I think I'll consider it a little more the next time I visit Borders. Oh, and I like the last part of your review. A possible haunting? Sounds spooky. :)