The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

This is a sad, delicious story full of magical realism, and I’m not surprised it was a 2011 Alex award winner. Rose has a gift — or a curse that brings the emotion of whoever prepared her food  into her mouth. We get a taste of Rose’s feelings as well as her mom or others who cook for her. As we learn about her family through her experiences we also learn about other “gifts” that her brother and father struggle with. I can’t praise this book highly enough! “It’s sad and it’s sweet, and I knew it complete…” Have a taste. Tell me what you think, and offer it to your teens who are coping with their emotions like never before.

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