The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

From Goodreads: “On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein 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 slice. To her horror, she finds that her cheerful mother tastes of despair. Soon, she’s  privy to the secret knowledge that most families keep hidden: her father’s detachment, her mother’s transgression, her brother’s increasing retreat from the world. But there are some family secrets that even her cursed taste buds can’t discern.”

Intrigued by the title, I picked this book up for a quick summer read. This ended up being one odd little book. Rose Edelstein can taste feelings. Every food she bit in to, she could taste the emotions of the person who made it. Being a child and possessing such a gift is difficult to cope with, and Rose found it to be a chore. I wasn’t sure what to think of this novel at the beginning. It was unique however, and easy to read. I thought the concept was neat (who wouldn’t want a foolproof way of knowing what your friends and family are thinking?) yet a little strange. Overall, it was a fun, quick read.

Rating – 3.5/5



2 thoughts on “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake – Aimee Bender

  1. ruth72 says:

    Had mixed views about this book…I definitely liked it for the most part, but I didn’t like the way the story about her brother developed (trying not to give too much away in case people read this who haven’t read the book yet)!

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