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Blogger Book Review: Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White

Posted by cat eyes & skinny jeans on April 3, 2011

Happy, happy Sunday, inkpoppers! This morning we bring you a review of Amy Brecount White’s Forget-Her-Nots from Khy of Frenetic Reader.

Khy says, “I live in a place that allows me to go to more book events than most of my blogging friends. I enjoy book events a lot. I try to go to many, but since I’m too young to drive, I have to ask my mom to take me. She usually does because she’s awesome.” Read more of Khy’s reviews at Frenetic Reader; right now, indulge in Forget-Her-Nots.

“‘Forget-Her-Nots’ is just as charming, cute, and lovely as the summary makes it out to be.

“The standout factor of ‘Forget-Her-Nots’ is, without a doubt, the inclusion of the language of flowers. The many story lines– awkward teen tries to get over the death of her mother, make friends at her new school, and hang out with a cute Potential Boy, etc. — are not very original, but the inclusion of the flowers definitely brought them all to a new level. The flowers provide a nice starting point for Laurel’s interactions with everyone, whether they be with her friends or teachers. Much of Laurel’s growth and development at first depended on the flowers, but I was glad to see that soon enough she gained enough confidence that she was no longer dependent on them. Of course, she needed them for the many people she interacts with, which made things much more exciting because each person receives a unique bouquet and therefore a unique effect, but I liked seeing her move away from the flowers too, even though they were delightful.

“Laurel herself was a bit of a bland protagonist but realistic nonetheless. In the beginning, she occasionally fades into the background despite her unique abilities, and it takes a while for her to really break out of her shell. The beginning was rather slow, both in terms of Laurel’s shyness and the events occuring in the story, but once she begins to branch out and meet new people, she develops a more vivid identity and personality. Still, she is easy to relate to from the start because of her desire to fit in and lack of knowledge about how to go about it. Unfortunately, the supporting characters are not as realistic as she. Many of them first appear to be cliches– the mean girl who inexplicably hates Laurel, for example– but even though they grow along the way, there was still much left to be desired.

“‘Forget-Her-Nots’ did not dazzle me, mainly because of its slow beginning and two-dimensional supporting characters, but I found it to be cute nonetheless, with lovely writing and a delightful concept that definitely makes it stand out. I would probably recommend it more to the younger YA/upper middle grade crowd, but I think anyone who likes flowers enough would enjoy this one.”

Thank you to Khy of Frenetic Reader for sharing her thoughts on Forget-Her-Nots with us.

Over to you…have you read Forget-Her-Nots? If so, what did you think of it? If not, will you be picking this book up during your next trip to the bookstore and/or library?

Share your thoughts in the comments section!

Erika (aka inkpoperika)

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