Saturday, February 7, 2015
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed this book. It had a nostalgic feel to it that draws you back into your childhood—not necessarily in a happy way, but a more real way.
The main character begins to taste the feelings of others in her food at age nine and quickly decides she does not enjoy that aspect of eating, leaving her to eat bland junk food devoid of feelings. This attachment to others' emotions seems to keep her stuck in a place during her childhood which stops her from being able to move on and tell herself apart from others.
She especially has an odd relationship with her mother, who adores her brother even though he seems to be emotionally closed off from everyone.
Eventually her brother disappears and her childhood crush moves away and she is finally able to start learning about herself and seeing her gift as something she can use instead of seeing it as a curse.
If you enjoy books where the characters take a long way toward freedom and self-actualization, this one is for you.
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