I just finished reading Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White for an Around the World Tour.
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?
This is a light, flowery, magical story. I think it is more middle grade than young adult, but thats okay. I don't feel like the book had a lot of depth. I think it could have but it didn't really go there. Yes, we know that Laurel missed her mom, but I never really felt any of her pain. And the whole secret could have been delved more into--just what her specific gift was and about her mother's as well. I also never really got why Laurel was so into Justin except that he stook up for her in class one day.
I did, however, really like the whole flowers aspect in the story. Like most girls, I love getting flowers. But I never really thought about the meaning behind each one before. I found this part so interesting and even found myself thinking "ooh, maybe I'll send or use that flower someday." It just really caught my interest!
So if you're looking for a new, light theme on a magical story, then you might to check this one out.
I gave this a rating of 3/5.
This book fulfills items in the following challenges:
2010 100+ Reading Challenge: 89
2010 Young Adult Reading Challenge: 66
2010 Debut Author Challenge: 27
ARC Reading Challenge 2010: 66
*FTC Disclosure: I was given this book for free for an honest review as part of the Around the World Tours.