On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the edge of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, bites into her mother’s homemade lemon-chocolate cake and discovers she has a magical gift: she can taste her mother’s emotions in the cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose. The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern. If you enjoy books by Sarah Addison Allen, you will enjoy the magical aspects that Aimee Bender sprinkles throughout her novel.
I read this book in hopes that it would interest some of my 8th grade girls who love coming of age stories, but it didn't quite fit the bill. It was an enjoyable read for an adult, but I wouldn't recommend it for middle school or below.
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Do you use Facebook? If you answered yes, then you can link your Goodreads account to your Facebook account and share the books you are reading in both places. I also share my Goodreads shelf on my school webpage so that my students can see what I am reading!
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