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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
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Jun 16, 11

bookshelves: 2011, kindle, love-the-cover, low-fantasy, e-book
Read from June 13 to 17, 2011

Hmm... I really don't know what to say about this book. Ok, first of all, the story is quite original, about a girl named Rose who had a special ability to taste someone's emotions and feelings in the food that s/he cooked. I was sort of engaged with the story at the beginning when Rose first found out about her special gift - or curse, on her 9th birthday when she tasted the lemon chocolate cake her mother made for her. But somehow from the 2/3 part of the book, i started to get lost of how the story was going. It didn't mention anymore about her ability or how she dealt with it, that was from her age of 12 to 17. There, it told more about her complicated family issues. I really didn't get what was happening with Rose's brother who kept on disapperaing, was he transforming into furniture?? And then about her father's strange fear of the hospital... Hmm....

Then when Rose was 17, she started to deal with her gift with a better way that didn't bring her into sadness as much as what she felt when she was younger. But I have to say that the general theme of this story is SADNESS, perhaps referring to the title itself. But I think that it was way too much for a young girl with that age which she was supposed to feel happy about her life and to enjoy it like normal kids did. Although this book told about emotions and feelings, I felt that overall it was quite plain regarding to the emotions and feelings.

One more thing that confused me was the writing style. I couldn't see quotation mark during the conversations. But okay, as the book went on, I started to get used to it.

The ending was quite okay that she finally managed to use her ability for a good thing. Still, it didn't suit my expectation but ok, not bad, I still liked the idea...
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