Author: Amy Brecount White
Publisher: Greenwillow Books
Publication Date: March 2, 2010
Something some power is blooming inside Laurel. She can use flowers to do things. Like bringing back lost memories. Or helping her friends ace tests. Or making people fall in love.Flowers.... a part of nature that I never knew would have a background to it. Forget-Her-Nots, even though a bit slow-paced, is loaded with friendships, a slight touch of magic, and especially flowers.
Laurel suspects her newfound ability has something to do with an ancient family secret, one that her mother meant to share with Laurel when the time was right. But then time ran out.
Clues and signs and secret messages seem to be all around Laurel at Avondale School, where her mother had also boarded as a student. Can Laurel piece everything together quickly enough to control her power, which is growing more potent every day? Or will she set the stage for the most lovestruck, infamous prom in the history of the school?
Mostly in the beginning, the plot was slow. There was not much happening in the novel and it felt a bit dead at times. The story wavered a couple of times and did not move. It also felt as if in the beginning, there was nothing accomplished. I was ready for an edgy and an exciting plot line, but it never did have one.
The concept of flowers enthralled me the most for this novel. The language and the background meaning for every flower always seemed to catch my attention. Particularly the fact that it had the ability to help others; revenge, love, etc… White crafts an atmosphere filled with the story of ‘flowerspeak’ and all in all, the language of the flowers. White sizzles with originality and dives into a totally different world.
There was Laurel… all obsessed with flowers and the magic she used with it. I found her to be pretty cute and kind, though shy. I could connect to Laurel a little, but I know the I could connect to her even more if White developed her and made her come to 'life'. She encountered a crush throughout the novel and as well had some friendship complications. Though, the potential was not used, making Laurel a somewhat dull-ish character. She had some fun quirks about herself, but she just doesn't stand out to me. There was a lack of persona, although, I still enjoyed reading her love for flowers!
Even though Forget-Her-Nots had a fluctuating plot line and semi-rusty characters, the concept of flowers was the one that sucked me into this novel. I never knew so many things about flowers, but now I do. I definitely did learn a lot of the languages when it does come to flowers. The conclusion was good enough to wrap up the story and I think it was well thought by White.
A fun read, though, there's a lot of potential in this novel that could be enhanced into making an amazing novel. Can't wait for more of White's novels and see what she has up for store for us!