Pub. Date: March 02, 2010
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardcover, 384pp
Age Range: 12
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 School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?
After her mother’s death, Laurel Whelan is forced to enroll in a new school, something which leaves her feeling even more like an outsider. Life takes even more of an unexpected turn when a mysterious bouquet arrives at her door and causes magic to bloom all around her. Laurel soon tries to figure out the mysteries surrounding the flowers and their special effects on people. Through the language of flowers, Laurel finds comfort in this ability to stay connected to her mom and is further compelled to help those around her with her newfound abilities.
I enjoyed following along with Laurel as she learned how to magically influence the lives of people around her. I also enjoyed reading the flashback scenes with her mom, something which I found to be quite endearing. Her feats and blunders with the other students were quite amusing and helped make this book a fun and entertaining read.
Learning about all the different meanings of flowers was a nice surprise for me. Amy Brecount White did a great job tying it into the story to make Forget-Her-Nots a truly compelling read. Not being a flower person, I never thought I would be interested in learning the meanings behind flowers, but after I finished the novel, I found myself online researching the meanings behind them! Forget-Her-Nots is a very unique and original premise that pulled me deeper into its magical language as the pages turned.
Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars