The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

Title: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

Author: Aimee Bender

Genre: Fiction

About: An intriguing tale of a young girl who finds herself able to sense the emotions of the person who cooks anything she eats as well as things about the food itself. She lives with a mother who is extremely unhappy, an emotionally detached father, and an older brother who seems to be in a downward spiral into mental illness. As the novel progresses and Rose becomes a young adult she finds that she’s not the only one in the family with special sensitivities.

My thoughts: Once I started I found it difficult to stop reading this book. Aimee Bender’s writing captivated me for the most part. I was a bit distracted by the lack of quotation marks but fell into a comfortable rhythm once I became used to that.

The awareness of others’ special sensitivities or quirks requires Rose to try to keep the peace at home as well as their secrets – no easy feat for a girl in her elementary and high school years.  As she matures she strives to connect to people but it’s almost impossible without her “gift” getting in the way. Is it possible to set her life on a new course?  Read it and find out!

Recommend? Yes,  I liked it. Rose is a character I won’t soon forget.

Source: Doubleday via Goodreads First Reads


25 thoughts on “The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

  1. Glad to hear this was good. I have it sitting on my shelf and haven’t read it yet. One of those books I had to have and still haven’t read it.


  2. I had this book on my list, but when I heard it didn’t have quotation marks, I decided against buying it because that really drives me nuts and lowers my reading pleasure. But I do like the idea of this story so maybe I’ll give it a try. I’m glad you enjoyed it!


  3. I have this book and am looking forward to reading it. Thanks for letting us know about the quotation marks I don’t think it will bother me as much know about it from the start. And isn’t the title grand?


  4. This sort of sounds like the flip side to Like Water for Chocolate where the heroine poured her emotions into her cooking. Nice review!


  5. I too enjoyed this book, but I have to agree it took awhile to get used to the now quotation marks. I had the sudden urge to bake a cake everytime I picked it up. thanks for your review.


  6. I really liked the other Aimee Bender book I read and keep meaning to check out eher backlist. She has a very unique voice.


  7. What an interesting take off for psychic connections via food.
    Going to mark this one down for my list. PS You’re making me break the budget yet AGAIN!


  8. oooh…thanks for the review! I just won this form another site and am aexcited to get it. I’m really glad to know you found it so intriguing! Thanks again. I just love the cover of this book – that was what I think attracted me to it in the first place –hmmm cake:)


  9. I have been so yearning to read this for so long. I even grabbed it at the library, but never got a chance to read it. One of these days…. It sounds so great and your review is wonderful!!


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