Author: Aimee bender
Copyright: 2010, Random House Inc.
Theme: Family, Secrets, Taste
“On the eve of her ninth birthday, unassuming Rose Edelstein, a girl at the periphery of schoolyard games and her distracted parents’ attention, 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 cake. She discovers this gift to her horror, for her mother—her cheerful, good-with-crafts, can-do mother—tastes of despair and desperation. Suddenly, and for the rest of her life, food becomes a peril and a threat to Rose. The curse her gift has bestowed is the secret knowledge all families keep hidden—her mother’s life outside the home, her father’s detachment, her brother’s clash with the world. Yet as Rose grows up she learns to harness her gift and becomes aware that there are secrets even her taste buds cannot discern.”
The reason I chose to read this book was because it was awarded the Alex Award, and my presentation was on that award. To be honest, it was a great book. It's not something I would chose to read, or pick out myself, but I'm glad I did. It's a wonderful book, and it's almost as if you can taste the lemon cake without actually tasting it. I enjoyed the character development and it was fun experiencing the things the main character, Rose experienced. It was almost as if I was her, and I was finding out all these secrets about her family members. This is a book anyone can enjoy.
About the Author:
An American novelist and a short story writer, Aimee Bender was born on June 28, 1969 in Los Angeles, California. She is very well known for her surreal plots and characters. She was the youngest daughter of the three, and she idolized her older sister and often tagged along after them. She is an author of three books; The Girl in the Flammable Skirt (1998), An Invisible Sign of My Own (2000) and Willful Creatures (2005).