Oct 12, 2015

Cake, Cupcakes & Cookies Days Book Review: The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender

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Review by Suze

Just before her ninth birthday Rose finds out she has a gift. She can taste people's emotions through the food they prepare. She also knows the origin of the ingredients. Because at home things aren't going very well Rose can hardly swallow her mother's cooking. Because of her gift she almost loses the pleasure of tasting great food. Together with her brother Joseph and his best friend she tries to find out more about what's happening to her. It isn't easy to tell people about it and Rose tries to avoid eating food that has been made by unhappy people as much as she can.

When she gets older Rose keeps struggling with her abilities. The situation at home also isn't much better either, they remain a not so close and together family. Her mother has found a nicer job and has met someone there who's making her a bit happier which is already a lot of progress for Rose. Her father keeps being his distant self and her brother is even worse. Joseph doesn't communicate and at times he even seems to disappear. She worries about that very much. Will she be able to lead a relatively normal life or will things get worse for Rose?

The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake is a beautiful story about a girl who's lost because of the unhappy situation at home and because of her ability to taste people's emotions when she eats their food. I loved the idea behind the story. Magical Realism is a genre I really like. This story is definitely not comparable to most other stories I've read and that uniqueness makes it so great in my opinion. It isn't easy if you can't eat normally and Rose is trying to find a way to make food part of her life. I loved to see her grow. 

Joseph is really odd. He doesn't communicate, he's distant and he's always trying to learn something new. Rose tries to connect with him, but it doesn't work. Joseph also has to find his way in the world. He's very different from Rose. Where she is warm and caring he seems to be cold. But she finds out what his big secret is eventually and that helps to bring them together a little bit more. That was one of the best moments of the book for me. I liked this story so much because it's peculiar, which is definitely my cup of tea. Aimee Bender can write and has a great way with words. If you're a fan of the genre I highly recommend it.


  1. This sounds like the quirky sort of book I'd like - thanks Suze; another new author to check out.

  2. Story seems to be very interesting,.. I'm eager to find out out what the rest of the story is,...

  3. What an interesting idea and I love the title.

  4. This book sounds great. I loved the review, thanks. I have been entering all of your giveaways, always sad when I get to the end lol.

  5. Such an intriguing premise. You've got me curious now. Bet this will be quite emotional to read.

  6. I read this book last month and I think it's really interesting and beautiful... It's a beautiful story...


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