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Reading Across the Country

Reading books one travel week at a time...
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake - Aimee Bender The plot of this book had a lot of promise. I was hoping the book would be about how Rose learns to live with her ability to taste feelings in food and how she would put the skill to use. However, this ability is more of a curse and throughout the course of the book she seeks peace with factory produced junk food that was not created by a human hand. It makes sense, but at the same time is disappointing because the book would have been much more entertaining if it focused on some type of quest for food prepared with a loving hand. Instead Rose seems defeated by her ability, until the last few chapters.

All of the above could be ignored and the book a much more pleasant experience if it wasn't for Rose's brother Joseph. The inclusion of his strange ability was more of a head scratcher than a subplot. If anything this storyline made me more sympathetic to Rose. She was a girl with an incredible ability in a family where the favored child was antisocial and just plain weird. The book would have much improved if Joseph just went to college.