Monday, April 18, 2011

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

After her mom makes her a lemon cake at age eight, Rose cannsuddenly  taste feelings in her food. She doesn't understand what is happening and is afraid of eating anything. She asks her brother's friend George for help, but George and Joseph (her brother) are too busy in their science world. As she gets older, she learns things about people she wishes she didn't know, such as her mother's affair. Joseph has many strange disappearances and it isn't until later in her life that she realizes her brother has special abilities, which apparently run in the family.

I thought this was a quick read but very odd. In the beginning it was all about how Rose can taste people's feelings in the food. Later in the book we find ou that her grandfather could "smell" people, so this is a family trait. The whole bit with her brother becoming a chair seemed way to out of place for this book. I felt like it belonged in more of a science fiction world. Plus I hated how her mother has this other relationship with another man and her dad is completely cluessless. Very odd book.

1 comment:

  1. I happened to like this one, especially after the chair scene, but you're right about it being odd.