Author: Amy Brecount White
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Release Date: March 2, 2010Received From: 1 ARC Tours
When someone leaves three mystery flowers outside her dorm door, Laurel thinks that maybe the Avondale School isn't so awful after all — until her own body starts to freak out. In the middle of her English presentation on the Victorian Language of Flowers, strange words pop into her head, and her body seems to tingle and hum. Impulsively, Laurel gives the love bouquet she made to demonstrate the language to her spinster English teacher. When that teacher unexpectedly and immediately finds romance, Laurel suspects that something — something magical — is up. With her new friend, Kate, she sets out to discover the origins and breadth of her powers by experimenting on herself and others. But she can’t seem to find any living experts in the field of flower powers to guide her. And her bouquets don't always do her bidding, especially when it comes to her own crush, Justin. Rumors about Laurel and her flowers fly across campus, and she's soon besieged by requests from girls — both friends and enemies — who want their lives magically transformed — just in time for prom.
I have never read anything like this book. Forget-Her-Nots has a wonderful premise, that I had never even thought of! Amy definitely gets points for originality! I have to say I enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. I thought it was either going to be really mystical or really dull, but it was a great mixture of the mystical side, with lots of reality, which I really appreciated.
I really enjoyed learning about the different meanings of flowers. I do wish that we could have learned more about why Laurel has the power, and what she can do with it properly, since she did not really understand herself in the book.
The characters were kind of so-so I did not feel a connection with any of them, but the overall storyline made me continue to read this book.
Overall a pretty good book, and a good debut!