Since we started the book blog, we have a lot of suggestions for books to read from friends and acquaintances. Rarely, someone will actually bring a book to me and say, please read this and let me know what you think. Since this is so rare, I often take up the person on the offer. It seems rude to do otherwise.
I think I might start to be rude! Here's the story:
I am into cooking. I am currently taking a professional baking course at a local cooking class. One of my classmates asked me if I had read The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake. I told her I had heard of it but I have not read it. The next week, she brought the book and asked me to read and let her know what I thought of it. Since the class is winding down, I put it on the top of my to read list.
So, now that you have background on the reason for the read, here's what I think:
I didn't like it! I thought the beginning was compelling enough, but then it just died on the vine. It was all idea and no substance. The premise suits foodies well enough (I guess): a girl who can taste a person's feelings by eating the food they prepare. Yeah, imagine what that would be like, think about it for a good 4 minutes. Now you can skip reading this book. Apparently, that is how long Aimee Bender thought through the plot lines of this book.
I kept comparing it to "Heroes" (without the really interesting superpowers) and The Lovely Bones (without all the murder and stuff). I can't tell you very much else about the plot of this book, because, although, things happen, they happen without direction. The story just meanders on, without any resolution, without any real point. Does she use her superpower for good or for evil, or is it just a burden she lives with forever? You will never know because the author really didn't care enough to tell you.
I would skip this one. I think Ms. Bender should have thought of a direction for the protagonist and then shortened the novel to a short story. It would have made for a much more exciting 20 pages.
Rating: 2 out of 7