where did I get my copy: One ARC Tours
release date: March 02, 2010
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.
Forget-her-Nots really introduced me to the world of flowers, it has such a unique plot, I have to be honest, I was loosing my interest after the first 3 chapters, the plot seems to drag plus I am a not girly, so flowers does not really appeal to me. But the magic that the Flowerspeaking girl named Laurel Whelan promised me a unique ride and I kept reading.
I like Laurel she was this girl who stood in front of the class and told an amazingly ridiculous story from the Victorian era about the language that flowers bring. I love the fact that she really had no idea about her gift until she reached that first part of womanhood. The traumatic event of losing her mother seems to appeal to me too, she seems stronger and full of life and wonderful memories about her mom and her garden makes me imagine her as a lost angel. She got so much potential, I even cheered when she said... "sorry, I thought you know how to catch" to Tara when she smack her with the frisbee, after a snarky comment. Yet there were parts in the book where she lets people push her around. It's annoying when heroines don't fight back, I was hoping for more snark (and no, the basil incident does not count).
Over all the story was enticing. The flower meanings, the Tussie Mussies, and the vibrant colors and emotions they bring made this book work. It's like a fairy tale that Disney forgot to write. I'm happy for Amy White and may this book be a success.