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3.44  ·  Rating details ·  1,261 ratings  ·  223 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.

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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published March 2nd 2010 by Greenwillow Books (first published February 14th 2010)
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Feb 07, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Apr 26, 2010 rated it liked it
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
Amy White
Jun 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (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)
Jul 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 17, 2013 rated it liked it
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
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
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
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
Jennifer Wardrip
Jul 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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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
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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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
Feb 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Kenzie Ramsey
Aug 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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
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
Cute idea somewhat lacking in the execution. I really really liked the concept of Flower-speaking and using that as a backdrop for a coming of age story. Overall, I liked the plot but the characterizations were very weak (and in some cases, utterly incomprehensible to me) and stereotypical (e.g., mean girl, jock, nerdy girl, etc.). What could have been a fantastic and deep YA story ended up shallow and fluffy.
Jun 25, 2017 rated it it was ok
I read this book mainly for the magic system- how they use flowers based on their symbolic meaning was interesting. See the system described here (not really a spoiler): (view spoiler) ...more
Suzanne (Fiction, Stardust, PinkiePie)
It deserves more than 3, but l am confused about the rating.
The idea was tempting, a girl speaking literaly the language of flowers, having a sensitive nose and being able to make bouquets that help tune up emotions. It was a sweet story, with a strange behaving 14yrs old little teen who was a bit annoying and irresponsible, so l had to remind myself that she is only 14 so practically a kid. The love line was lame, distracting - and c’ mon: love line at 14?! LOL so if you like flowers its a swe
TheEagerReaders Violet
Amy Brecount White's debut novel, Forget-Her-Nots, is a sweet contemporary fantasy that will make you want to step outside to smell the flowers and feel their intoxicating power yourself. This coming-of-age story follows 14-year-old Laurel to an all-girls boarding school where she discovers she has a special talent related to the secret language of flowers. It is a light and hopeful novel with a unique magical premise.

What I Liked:
- The flowers! Laurel's exploration of the language of flowers m
Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
Laurel's mother passes away and leaves Laurel, her dad, and her grandmother devastated. Laurel's father tries to start over by promptly moving out of the house Laurel grew up in and the expansive gardens her mother tended. She is unhappy and decides to attend Avondale School, which is a boarding school where not only her cousin attends, but her mother and grandmother attended as well. Laurel may act like a typical fourteen year old, but she is hardly "normal." During her English presentation on ...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 all g
Jun 04, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010-reads
Forget-Her-Nots revolve around a young girl’s affinity for materializing emotions through the language of flowers. Laurel, in an effort to feel closer to her dead mother, transfers her mom’s old boarding school. In a class project, she discovers that her tussie-mussies seem to bring out whatever emotion or feeling the bouquet represents. The premise had a lot of potential and a lot of charm. The use of flower symbolism is unique and definitely intriguing. When the concept of Flowerspeakers came ...more
May 05, 2010 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone Who Likes Flowers
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May 06, 2012 rated it it was ok
I read the summary of the book and I thought it was interesting enough with the flowers as a language and Laurel having some power over them. But when I actually read the book, my interest started to dwindle.

First thing's first. Laurel was a very flat and boring. She didn't do anything that moved me or made her likable whatsoever. Laurel seemed to have potential to be a more deep, dynamic character but as the story progressed, I realized that her character wasn't going anywhere. She was also a w
Apr 17, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fourteen year old Laurel is understandably grieving her mother's death from cancer and leaves home to attend a boarding school called Avondale. It just so happens that Avondale is the school that many of the females on her maternal side attended. And the family history with the school seems to involve the magical powers they have with flowers.

Here at Avondale, Laurel starts off as the loner student, but things quickly change after she does a report on Victorian flower lore for her English class.
Apr 14, 2019 rated it did not like it
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
Sep 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
Forget-Her-Nots has been on my Debut Author Challenge list for quite some time. I couldn't wait to read it, but I was waiting for just the right time. That time came when I knew that I wanted a paranormal story with something more than vampires and werewolves.

Laurel has the ability to influence the emotions of people around her through flowers. This ability is shared with both her grandmother, and recently deceased mother. This gift, however, isn't one that comes easily. Laurel gets into quite a
Ellz Readz
Nov 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
The Bookologist
Dec 26, 2009 rated it really liked it
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
Chantele Sedgwick
Dec 27, 2009 rated it liked it
Okay, so, I really wanted to like this one. When I first heard about it, I was so excited to read it. It sounded very cute, which it was. It was just...I'm not really sure. I'll do the good parts first I guess.
The language of flowers was fascinating. Every time a flower was mentioned, it made me turn to the back of the book to see the definitions of them. It was really, very interesting. I didn't know flowers meant so many different things. There was just a little magic in the book, which was be
Alexis Neuville

Looking at the cover, I thought this was just like any other YA contemporary novel, but as I read the blurb, I knew that I was definitely wrong. This novel has a magical feel to it, but it's not completely fantasy either.

The language of the flowers is a bit confusing in the beginning, but soon you learn to understand it while the main character, Laurel, finds out a bit more about it. Personally, I didn't really like Laurel that much. She was a bit
Aug 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
Laurel, a young teen, is still grieving for the loss of her mother. Despite this loss, her father, haunted by the memories of their home, decides that it would be in the family's best interest to get a change of scenery. Thus, Laurel is installed at Avondale School. And although Laurel is adjusting to these changes, things just are not how she images they should be. When Laurel is given the chance to connect with her mother on a small level by giving a presentation on the Language of Flowers, sh ...more
Jan 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
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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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