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The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
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Feb 12, 2011

did not like it
bookshelves: 2011-books-read
Read in February, 2011

This book had a great premise, but went absolutely nowhere. Ok, so she can taste people's feelings and exactly where the food came from. Seems like two totally different talents to me, but here are combined as one. I wish it would've only been people's feelings because i think the author takes an easy out with having Rose want to eat only highly processed foods because there is less human interaction. This gives Rose an easy way to not deal with her problem. I also thought the entire Joseph storyline was really weird. I know her brother was important, but he seemed to be almost more of the main character than Rose. Also the entire "no ordinary family" talk with her father was interesting, but felt wasted because nothing came out of it. Oh, your dad could smell people's feelings, i can taste people's feelings in food, that's nice. Then there was no more discussion of that until the end when we realize that Joseph has a really unique ability. I think this book was rushed and not fully developed.
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message 5: by Jan (new) - rated it 3 stars

Jan Hewitt Half way through this book hard going !

Ashley Phillips I HATED the discussion with her dad about her grandfather! I was waiting so long her the "big reveal" to her family and all I got was that crap?!?!? So angry! It seemed like Bender just...didn't know what to write so just ended the conversation lol

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Francisca Viola It felt like you're forced into her thoughts, not invited.

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Francisca Viola I didn't want to finish the book. Need something else to dive into.

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I have to agree 100%!

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