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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  1,103 ratings  ·  219 reviews
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 a
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Greenwillow Books (first published February 14th 2010)
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Valerie
I was truly tempted to give this book a higher rating. The concept of Flowers having a language and some sort of power seemed interesting.

What I didn't like so much about it was the way Laurel goes about the flower situation. Laurel does have a unique ability with flowers but she keeps insisting that "My flowers are special." As if she liked her power not just because it helped people but because it made her special. And for some reason Laurel doesn't try to hide it. She even gets upset when pe
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Cara
I want to make clear that though my review is going to sound like a bad one this really was not a bad read. It was enjoyable and you can tell that the author and the team around her definitley put a lot of thought and effort into this book. Each part starts with a nice quote and the author sprinkles in poetry and mentions other stories that are well known into the book. It is well written but ratings do not have to do with how a book is written, but how much the reader enjoyed it.

Laurel is a new
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Pam
I'm one of the lucky ones to have been able to read this pre-published. It is a unique fantasy that will delight all readers with a compelling mystery and lots of fun romance! You will also come out learning a lot about the Victorian meaning to tussy mussies (or flower bouquets) that has stayed with me ever since I read the manuscript. If you love historical romance as well as contemporary YA plotlines, this is the book for you.
Amy White
Jun 06, 2009 Amy White rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm totally biased having spent a large portion of my life writing this novel, but I do hope YOU love it. Even on the umpteenth rewrite, I never stopped loving the story, the setting, or my characters. I'm still in love with Justin, too. I am thrilled to share Laurel's world with you all! And I wish you lots of magic scents swirling through your life.

- Amy Brecount White (the author)
Karen
When I received an ARC of FORGET-HER-NOTS from a friend, I peeked past its pink cover, a little unsure whether I'd connect with fourteen-year-old Laurel's story--I usually read novels with older characters and edgier plots. After giving FORGET-HER-NOTS a try, I'll say two things: (1) Yes, Forget-Her-Nots will likely appeal to younger girls, though older readers looking for a sweet story about friendship, flowers, and first romance will find this book a treat. (2) I must confess to staying up lat ...more
Kristi
t I was somewhat aware of, but didn't realize the intensity of the subject. The history behind the language is incredibly fascinating. I loved the hidden meanings behind flowers and how they were used to convey a message when words couldn't be shared privately. I think that was my favorite aspect of the entire novel. And I thought it was brilliant of of Amy Brecount White to incorporate the 'Flowerspeak' dynamic from such a simple element. It's a realistic story with just a little dust of magic, ...more
Lucinda
Undeniably original, inspired and evocative this stunning tale will ensnare the senses and illuminate the mind.

This beautiful book contains such exquisite thought and interesting concept, which I found to be thoroughly intriguing and quite unusual within this genre. ‘Forget-her-nots’ is a fabulously fun teenage read, full of warmth and sincerity whilst remaining true to its central focus point – flowers. Laurel’s journey of self-discovering is enchanting, as you observe her blossoming and bloom
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for TeensReadToo.com

Laurel is starting over at a new school after her mom's death. She's attending her mom's alma mater, Avondale Prep School, and she's finding that the school holds more and more keys to her past.

It all starts with a speech on the language of flowers in her English class. When Laurel gives the bouquet she made to her English teacher and soon after Ms. Spenser finds love, Laurel starts to discover she has a gift with flowers. When
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Skye
Dec 28, 2010 Skye rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: ya
This review is also posted on my blog, In The Good Books.

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 Sc
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Petra (Safari Poet)
I read the first six chapters online and was really looking forward to continuing it. I'm not really into flowers (I like them just as much as the next person), but the idea of reading about something new other than my usual paranormal/fantasy characters plus the language of flowers interested me.
I took a very long break half way through because there was just so much malevolence towards Laurel. Even Kate, who's suppose to be her friend, made her life harder. Laurel did enough of that on her ow
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Caitlin
Jun 27, 2011 Caitlin rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Girls
This book sadly (like many other YA books) suffers from Disappearing Parent Syndrome where parents are just kind of out the picture. But this book gets through it and is truly interesting.

Laurel's mother has passed away due to cancer and know her father has sent her/allowed her to go away to boarding school (what is up with boarding school and YA books?) and suddenly those odd little songs her mother used to sing are causing odd things to happen with flowers.

Honestly I'm not usually the one to f
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Kenzie Ramsey
I liked how this book had romance,sadness,and moments where I could rlate to this book. I loved how some parts wanted me to throw the book because of what someone did. I loved how I could really get in to the book and really understand it. When I was reading this book it gave me power and strength, and everything I needed to know about life right now. How it is going to be rough in the beginning and people are goin to talk about you and hurt you. You can't give up on faih, you have to push throu ...more
Mary (BookHounds)
I really enjoyed this fantasy debut from Amy Crecount White. The story was told in just the right tone and set the stage for a believable account of one girl and her ability to create magic from flowers. This book is appropriate for everyone and I think all teens and adults will enjoy it. I liked Laurel and the fact that she grew as a person, didn't let mistakes overwhelm her and developed into a good person. She makes good and bad choices and learns from everything she does. There is a nice amo ...more
Bonnie
Laurel is a nondescript girl at a boarding school full of one-note characters. She soon discovers that when she gives a bouquet of flowers to someone, the meaning of the flowers comes true. This works well at first when a “spinster” teacher is given a bouquet for love and quickly falls in love with a teacher from the nearby boy’s boarding school and gets married (in, like, a few weeks. Damn, those flowers work fast). But then the other girls hear about these “magic” flowers and demand them so th ...more
Peace Love and Reviews
Forget-her-Nots really introduced me to the world of flowers, it has such a unique plot, I have to be honest, I was loosing my interest after the first 3 chapters, the plot seems to drag plus I am a not girly, so flowers does not really appeal to me. But the magic that the Flowerspeaking girl named Laurel Whelan promised me a unique ride and I kept reading.

I like Laurel she was this girl who stood in front of the class and told an amazingly ridiculous story from the Victorian era about the lang
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Katie
I hate to say this but I did not like Forget-Her-Nots. For some reason I never got into the story and I found myself reading the book just to get it over with. From the reviews I have read, I seem to be the only one who didn't completely enjoy Amy Brecount White's debut novel.

Laurel Whelan loves flowers. She always helped her mom in her garden and now that her mom is gone, she makes do with the flowers at her school, Avondale. Not only is she good with flowers, she seems to make magic with them.
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Jessica B
From shutupimreading.blogspot.com

Forget-Her-Nots was a light, fun, magical read.

I've never been very interested in flowers, but I was fascinated by the flower language and flower magic in Forget-Her-Nots. The plot moved at a good pace and kept me reading.

The characters were okay. I liked Laurel but I hated how she let Tara (our typical mean popular girl) push her around so easily. She never stood up to Tara once, and actually did stuff for her, which I didn't get. I also really liked Laurel's fr
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Kay
I had few expectations for this novel; I had heard little about it prior to reading it, so I wasn’t sure what the consensus was. I’m glad I did, as it turned out to be a very pleasant novel which stood out from most paranormal YA novels I usually read. I even made a list to explain this :

Things paranormal YA novels usually have, that you won’t find in Forget-Her-Nots :

- Constant Life or Death situations
- Teen aiming to save the world from doom with newly found superpower
- Hot and Steamy romance
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Bookworm1858
Summary: Laurel is desperately missing her mother, who recently died. She is now attending Avondale, her mother's former school in the hopes of remaining close to her. While there her interest in flowers increases as she learns about the language of flowers and seems to develop surprising powers.

Thoughts: I had earlier seen reviews of this around so I picked it up at the library. My favorite aspect of the book was the information about the language of flowers. I knew a little bit about it such a
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Alison Lin
The main character is Laurel. Her mother had recently dead from cancer but she left a letter to Laurel to read. It had the sentence ' lily the return of happiness'. Laurel now goes to a boarding school, Avondale High school. Her friends are Kate and her cousin, Rose.
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I really like this book now because It taught me a lot. I had no idea that each flower meant something when you give it to someone. Laurel has a gift; she can use flowers to help people. She can even smell the beautiful aroma of fl
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Ellz Readz
My thoughts...I really enjoyed this story. Amy B. White takes readers on a romantic and magical journey into a world where flowers can enhance feelings and reactions. This story is very unique and offers a refreshing change to fans of young adult/middle grade literature. While the story is geared to younger readers, it would be enjoyable to readers of all ages, especially those who enjoy flowers. Beyond the flowers, the story has several strong themes. The story uncovers first loves, true loves ...more
Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Cute YA book filled with magic, new love, and a fun story.

Opening Sentence: Lily reread the letter to her daughter and signed her name at the bottom.

The Review:

14 year old Laurel has just started her freshman year at a new boarding school. Her mother passed away a few years ago and she couldn’t stand living with her dad since he started dating again. She begged him to let her go to the school her mother attended as a young girl. It is an a
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Stray
Are you crazy about flowers? If the answer is yes, you should read this book.
What made me read Forget-Her-Nots was its original concept. Flowerspeaking is so cool, and it immediately attracted me. I really enjoyed reading about the different meanings of the flowers, and I think that was perfectly explored in here. The writing is pretty good, and though I had some problems with the characters, I liked the plot.
Laurel was weird to me. Sometimes she seemed older, sometimes younger, sometimes she w
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The Bookologist
Flowers.... a part of nature that I never knew would have a background to it. Forget-Her-Nots, even though a bit slow-paced, is loaded with friendships, a slight touch of magic, and especially flowers.

Mostly in the beginning, the plot was slow. There was not much happening in the novel and it felt a bit dead at times. The story wavered a couple of times and did not move. It also felt as if in the beginning, there was nothing accomplished. I was ready for an edgy and an exciting plot line, but it
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Lauren
Forget-Her-Nots is a rich and original debut by a very talented debut author that yet again proves what a fantastic year 2010 is going to be for YA.

To be honest, I didn't particularly like this book in the beginning. I even considered giving up once. I don't know why exactly, maybe because I found it to be a bit strange at first or something? Though, luckily, I stayed with it and shortly discovered what a great book For-Her-Nots was.

There are many aspects that made it a success, in my opinion.
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Emily
I find, after finishing Forget-Her-Nots, that cupcakes are a perfect metaphor for the experience of reading this book. Forget-Her-Nots is sweet, fluffy, aesthetically pleasing, but, I suspect, will not gain its reputation based on its nutritional value.

That's not a slam- stories like this one are oftentimes just what the doctor ordered to counteract a stressful day, a huge assignment, a project that's spiraling out of control, etc. It's a definite low-stress book and one you can be comfortable g
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Nina
Forget-Her-Nots is a wonderful debut novel. It’s all about flowers and the magic that it holds. When I saw that this book was available to read throughout the international book tours, I grabbed my chance.

Laurel is a 14 year old girl who had to deal with a lot of pain. She lost her mother and she doesn’t has a real good relationship with her father. To me she felt like a lost girl who was looking for something to hold on too. When she finds out that she has a gift, a magical gift, a lot changes.
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Emily
I picked this book up at my last Southwestern Ohio Young Adult Materials Review Group meeting (SOYAMRG). It was one of the last books left on the table and I was trying to be helpful and read a few extra books. It didn't sound like a bad book and really, the premise behind the book is a good one. A young girl uses flowers to try to help her friends but it backfires and she learns to use her gifts for good and in the right places. But, there are so many problems with this book. First, the setting ...more
Stephanie
Forget-Her-Nots is a very unique novel that introduces the idea of having a flower language where people use flowers to send some sort of message to another person. It can either send a sweet, romantic message or a revengeful and bitter message. It all depends on what flowers you put in their bouquets.

Laurel is a typical normal sort of girl. She yearns to be accepted by others and she is faced with drama all over - boy drama, friend drama, popularity drama, she faces them all. There is one chara
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Lenore Appelhans
Laurel’s mother was always really into flowers, but she’s recently died, leaving Laurel with tons of questions about her mysterious new “flower power”. At her new school, her bouquets have caused teachers to fall in love and helped her friends ace their tests – but Laurel doesn’t really know what she’s doing and the wrong flowers used at the wrong time could cause chaos…

Both my mother and grandmother were avid gardeners and tried to interest me in botany. It never took. After reading this novel,
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