Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Forget-her-nots by Amy Brecount White

Title: Forget-her-nots

Author: Amy Brecount White

Published: Greenwillow Books, 2010

Pages: 384

Snippet: "No one we truly love ever leaves us completely."

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. (Taken from Goodreads)

Review: When I found out that Forget-her-nots was about flowers I jumped at the chance to read this book. I love flowers and I love the whole concept of the 'language of flowers'.  It was a really good book. The flowers in the book made for such an  interesting and unique story.

The book was written in quite a simple language so it didn't take too long to read through the book.  I would say that this book is probably for a younger young adult audience just because the story is written quite simply.

None of the characters were outstanding. I think I missed a part of it because I was a little confused at Laurel's behaviour but it was explained a little later on.  I thought Tara was an absolutely horrible character and I know some people are mean but she just seemed to be too mean at times.

One thing I'm really curious about is if  there will be a sequel. Forget-her-nots ended quite abruptly so I was left a little dazed at the end.

Overall, I enjoyed Forget-her-nots.  It had a really unique and original concept and I loved learning about all the flowers but I didn't think it was the best book out there.  If you're looking for a bright, summer read with a lot of flowers then Forget-her-nots would be a great read.


  1. I've been dying to read this book for a while, but I'm glad I read your review. I may still read it, but I'm not a big fan of the feather light reads. I like things that are more heavy and intense. I guess that's what you get with a book about flowers though... lol Great review!


  2. One thing that sets this book apart from many current titles is that it isn't edgy. There are some older students who making some bad choices, but Laurel herself is still pretty innocent, as many 9th graders are. While that puts this book at the younger end of the YA spectrum, it's still complicated enough for older students to enjoy. I liked this book a lot; it's a refreshing story that I know my students will enjoy.

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