The Life & Whimsies of Knitty Lou

Forget-Her-Nots

Posted on: May 29, 2010

From Blog Misc.

This book was one that Rianne found on one of our many (MANY) trips to Borders. We always seem to pick out three or four that we want to add to our queue. Rather than purchasing this one, I decided to check it out of the library. Although it looked interesting, I wasn’t sure if it would be something I would reread. It only took two days to read it, and probably would have been less except for the fact that I had to work and Friday was Knit-Nite.

As I said, it was a very simple read. I enjoyed to concept of the “Flower Language” as it reminded me of my mom and grandmother who used to make comments here or there about the meanings of different colors of roses, etc. (Yellow=Friendship, Red=Love, White=Matrimony or Sympathy, etc.) The main character, Laurel, was only fourteen in the beginning and fifteen by the end. She attended a girls’ boarding school and she has lost her mother to cancer not long before the story takes place. All of this gave the book a typical deja-vu of nearly every teen fiction novel written since 2005. For some reason, these authors must believe that if a teenager loses a parent, then they must be distanced from the life they’ve always known and then they must find out they are magical. Now this statement makes it seem as though I am anti-teen despair, which I’m not. However, because this is such a reoccurring theme in today’s young adult fiction, the author truly needs to give more to the development to the story. It’s very difficult to identify with a character when there is not much history of their life or the person they have lost.

Besides the teen-despair portion of the story, it had a lot of promise. Rather than the main character being a witch or wizard, a sparkly vampire, a kind werewolf, or a faery, the magic in this book had a very natural feel to it. Basically, flowers and plants have their own magical properties and some select women posess the power to strengthen the magic that is already present. I liked this for multiple reasons, the first being my family’s history with flowers as I mentions before, but also because almost everyone knows about the properties of at least one flower or herb. Many people know that Foxgloves are poisoness or that lilacs smell sweet. Many people use mint in their tea or rosemary on their chicken.

Overall, I liked the story but will most likely not reread it. I urge anyone who is under twenty years old to read it. I think that the short explanations and descriptions will allow a teenager to stay interested. The changes between the gift of flowers and the modern-day events and people will also lead to a teen loving this book. It is the perfect, typical young adult novel, but doesn’t branch out further than that demographic at all.

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