Forget-Her-Nots

Forget-Her-Nots

by Amy Brecount White

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Overview

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.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061990595
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/02/2010
Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 384
File size: 726 KB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Amy Brecount White has taught English literature and writing to middle school and high school students. She has written numerous articles and essays for publications such as the Washington Post, but Forget-Her-Nots is her first novel. She can often be found in her garden and gives flowers to her friends and family whenever she can, though none have had magical effects—yet.

Amy Brecount White lives with her family in Arlington, Virginia.

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Forget-Her-Nots 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
Wow. From the description I thought this book was going to be too out there for me - boy was I wrong, dead wrong. I purchased because she was going to be coming to my local indie bookstore and I had seen earlier that her signings were eventful with flowers and more than your normal author visit. I am more than glad that I grabbed this one. A young girl who has recently lost her mom and is now trying to figure out where she goes from there. I will not spoil this one because I want everyone to stop what they are doing and go grab this one. Throughout this book, she is learning the language of flowers and just for that reason this book is whimsical and romantic. I definitely know what flowers I want included in my bridal bouquet and what ones to send to my mom to make her feel loved. A book for young and old, mothers and daughters - each will enjoy this read for a different and unique reason. I will be passing this one off to my mom. A short and sweet review for a short and sweet book. Check out the blog tomorrow for my visit to One More Page to see Amy Brecount White and her tussie-mussies.
RebeccaNaomi More than 1 year ago
When I first heard about this book I was extremely excited about reading it. Right away I tried to put it on hold only to find out that the library did not own a copy. A couple of months later I saw the book again. It was at the library which suprised me. In a happy way. With no hesitation I checked out the book. However the book did not deliver on what it said it would. The book drags. Many people say how they could not get past chapter three. Well I was able to get to chapter six and I can honestly say that it felt like the prologue still. Laurell was "figuring" out what her mother was trying to tell her but to me it felt forced. She gets one letter and because it happens to have a flower attached to it that must mean that she can harrness the power of plants. Also it felt as if there were only two characters: Laurell and everyone else because every characters had the same voice and they were all interchangeable. The last thing that really bugged me about the book was how the author tried to make the reader feel bad for Laurell by making everyone be grade A brats to her. She was just as rude to the people around her and I felt nothing for her or any of the other characters.
epicrat More than 1 year ago
Don't be fooled by the simplistic cover - there is a lot going on in Forget-Her-Nots that will keep you turning the pages to see what exactly is going on with Laurel and the flowers. From the jacket summary (different from the synopsis above), I completely did not pick up on the "magical" vibe - I just figured that the flowers were more like the coffee drinks in The Espressologist and the matchmaking went from there. How far from the truth was I! I'm not sure if enough time was spent on the Laurel's relationships with the other characters. There were brief glimpses, but nothing that I felt really solid. Perhaps that is indicative of Laurel's introverted nature, but the other characters seemed to have more story to them - and it would have been interesting to catch more than a glimpse! Especially Laurel's grandmother. Forget-Her-Nots would probably be good if you are looking for a cozy read to curl under the blankets with, but not if you're expected a page-turning action-packed magical mayhem.
peaceloveandpat More than 1 year ago
Forget-her-Nots really introduced me to the world of flowers, it has such a unique plot, I have to be honest, I was loosing my interest after the first 3 chapters, the plot seems to drag plus I am a not girly, so flowers does not really appeal to me. But the magic that the Flowerspeaking girl named Laurel Whelan promised me a unique ride and I kept reading. I like Laurel she was this girl who stood in front of the class and told an amazingly ridiculous story from the Victorian era about the language that flowers bring. I love the fact that she really had no idea about her gift until she reached that first part of womanhood. The traumatic event of losing her mother seems to appeal to me too, she seems stronger and full of life and wonderful memories about her mom and her garden makes me imagine her as a lost angel. She got so much potential, I even cheered when she said... "sorry, I thought you know how to catch" to Tara when she smack her with the frisbee, after a snarky comment. Yet there were parts in the book where she lets people push her around. It's annoying when heroines don't fight back, I was hoping for more snark (and no, the basil incident does not count). Over all the story was enticing. The flower meanings, the Tussie Mussies, and the vibrant colors and emotions they bring made this book work. It's like a fairy tale that Disney forgot to write. I'm happy for Amy White and may this book be a success. Join Laurel and her humble beginnings as she join the world of Flower Speakers. Is this going to be a series? I'd love to find out more about Laurel's secret world and how she plays her part in it.
elnice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...I really enjoyed this story. Amy B. White takes readers on a romantic and magical journey into a world where flowers can enhance feelings and reactions. This story is very unique and offers a refreshing change to fans of young adult/middle grade literature. While the story is geared to younger readers, it would be enjoyable to readers of all ages, especially those who enjoy flowers. Beyond the flowers, the story has several strong themes. The story uncovers first loves, true loves and love desired. While readers are not smothered with romantic themes, it is tastefully woven into the plot. The heroine also deals with the loss of her mother and her father's struggles to lead his own life. The story also focuses on morals and making choices. In the heroine, Laurel's case, not all of those choices were the right ones. The read an interview with the author and she described the book as "inter-generational". I think this is a perfect way to describe the characters in the story. This is a YA title, so our heroine, Lauren, and her peers are young. I think a few of them are old souls, like her cousin Rose. To me, Rose was the voice of reason and I liked her character because of it. Some of the choices Lauren made had me wringing my hands. She faced many of the struggles teens face-acceptance, self-esteem, the opposite sex, family stress, and academic pressures. I did see significant character growth in Lauren by the end of the novel. Readers get a chance to see Lauren's interaction with several of her teachers. One particularly, Mrs. Suarez, really seemed to influence Laurel and take on the mother role. Lastly, Laurel's grandmother, while absent, played a big role in the story, especially the mysterious aspects of the plot. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I love the section at the end of the book with the flower meanings. I found myself referring it on several occasions. I even checked some flower names on the web and was pleased to see they were the same as the book. The story is very unique and creative and I would definitely recommend it to fans of YA lit, young and old.
readingdate on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forget-Her-Nots is Amy Brecount White's debut novel. It is a sweet story about Laurel, a young girl who has a way with flowers. After her mother's death, Laurel moves away goes to go to school. She finds she has a special gift where using the language of flowers she can put together just the right combination of flowers to influence feelings. This gift increases her popularity as others want to receive some of her magical bouquets. Forget-Her-Nots is a unique story about friendship, family, and love interspersed with charming stories about flowers and their meanings. I would recommend this book for young teenage girls as a light enjoyable read.
peaceloveandpat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forget-her-Nots really introduced me to the world of flowers, it has such a unique plot, I have to be honest, I was loosing my interest after the first 3 chapters, the plot seems to drag plus I am a not girly, so flowers does not really appeal to me. But the magic that the Flowerspeaking girl named Laurel Whelan promised me a unique ride and I kept reading. I like Laurel she was this girl who stood in front of the class and told an amazingly ridiculous story from the Victorian era about the language that flowers bring. I love the fact that she really had no idea about her gift until she reached that first part of womanhood. The traumatic event of losing her mother seems to appeal to me too, she seems stronger and full of life and wonderful memories about her mom and her garden makes me imagine her as a lost angel. She got so much potential, I even cheered when she said... "sorry, I thought you know how to catch" to Tara when she smack her with the frisbee, after a snarky comment. Yet there were parts in the book where she lets people push her around. It's annoying when heroines don't fight back, I was hoping for more snark (and no, the basil incident does not count). Over all the story was enticing. The flower meanings, the Tussie Mussies, and the vibrant colors and emotions they bring made this book work. It's like a fairy tale that Disney forgot to write. I'm happy for Amy White and may this book be a success. Join Laurel and her humble beginnings as she join the world of Flower Speakers. Is this going to be a series? I'd love to find out more about Laurel's secret world and how she plays her part in it.
stephxsu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
On Laurel¿s fourteenth birthday, she receives a seemingly impossible letter from her mother¿because her mother is dead. Not long after, Laurel becomes interested in the ¿language¿ of flowers¿in the way that different flowers can send different messages. To her shock, she discovers that her flowers are actually effective in bringing about what she wants them to, and soon Laurel has her hands full juggling bouquet requests from classmates who may or may not be her friends, working out her feelings for a boy, and unraveling the Flowerspeaker secret that generations of women in her family have possessed.Amy Brecount White¿s debut novel is a surprisingly charming magical realism middle-grade novel that sweetly combines magic, romance, and teen drama into something that will be well enjoyed by young girls who enjoy a combination of Harry Potter and Twilight.Despite the occasionally annoying teen speak (draaawwwn out syllables, luv instead of ¿love,¿ lots of seemingly life-or-death ultimatums), FORGET-HER-NOTS is actually very well written for its intended audience. Right from the start, White draws us in with her thorough and fascinating knowledge about the language of flowers. Laurel, despite being a typically lonely and insecure teenage girl, never drops into the land of annoying protagonists. She is sweet and vulnerable, yet determined to master her gift and to help everyone out.FORGET-HER-NOTS focuses mostly on Laurel¿s struggles to establish lasting relationships with the people around her, and it is well done. The girls whom Laurel befriends have their good and bad points; the tension between Laurel and her politician widower father are believable, despite the fact that Laurel believes their fights come about due to the influence of the flowers. I appreciated that the magical elements of this novel were never used to excuse the characters¿ up-and-down behaviors¿for, indeed, they were realistic, and readers will be able to relate to Laurel¿s mixed feelings about the people around her.Despite a slow plot and occasional underdeveloped supporting characters, FORGET-HER-NOTS will be a treat especially for middle school girls who will find White¿s narration relatable and the magical realism elements irresistible.
lenoreva on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Laurel¿s mother was always really into flowers, but she¿s recently died, leaving Laurel with tons of questions about her mysterious new ¿flower power¿. At her new school, her bouquets have caused teachers to fall in love and helped her friends ace their tests ¿ but Laurel doesn¿t really know what she¿s doing and the wrong flowers used at the wrong time could cause chaos¿I guess I never realized how fascinating the whole language of flowers is. For example, in Victorian times, people used flowers to communicate their feelings for each other or to send other messages. It¿s such a fun, fresh idea to take this language of flowers and create a heroine who can actually use flowers like magic.It takes Laurel a while to figure out what¿s behind her power. While I enjoyed the air of mystery, the narrative reasons why the ¿elders¿ in her life couldn¿t fill her in sooner seemed too a bit forced. A teacher gives her cryptic clues but doesn¿t tell her because ¿it¿s not her place¿. The grandmother is unreachable. Other characters may or may not know anything about it. I understand the need for Laurel to ¿blossom¿ on her own, and some of her early bumbling experiments have humorous outcomes, but more impatient readers might be frustrated by the slow build of the first half.Patient readers, though, will be rewarded by an action-packed and magical second half. There are definitely some melancholic scenes throughout (after all, Laurel¿s mother did die), but the narrative is so infused with love that the novel felt like a real affirmation of joy and life.
lisagibson on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It seems as though I've been reading a string of books with flowers at least mentioned in them. Red tulips in the Immortal series, white peonies in Fallen and then this lovely little book stuffed full of gorgeous flowers. Laurel is 14 and finds out she has the gift of Flowerspeak. Her flowers begin making things happen in people's lives. Laurel tries to please everyone and give them what they're asking for. She's also dealing with the loss of her mother, dealing with the changes in her and her father's relationship and trying to navigate adolescense on her own. I think flowers and their meanings are such a dying art. I love flowers and think they're just so wonderful. Laurel has to grow to understand her gift and master it as well. This book really moved. It had virtually no swearing or sex.
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A realistic love story involving an ancient lore with a modern twist. Five stars!!!!!!
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mrdarcy3 More than 1 year ago
In doing research for a project on the Victorian Era, Laurel comes across a book about the language of flowers. As she researching. she recalls memories of her mother's love for flowers. Each flower has a meaning, a language most people realize it exists. Laurel presents on a unique day, when the boys are visiting campus. She learns more and more about flowers while giving them to other girls to help them fall in love, remember facts for tests, and keep love on course. Laurel finds herself finally gaining a friend at the boarding school, but all the pressure and judgment starts catching up with her. There's something dark going on with Laurel. Something's eating her up inside. She struggles to understand her mother's death and the connection with flowers, dealing with school and social pressures, and finding a way to reach her grandmother. Can she figure out what it is before it's too late? A great romantic tale about a girl struggling to find herself after her mother's death and learning she's inherited a special gift. I loved reading about the different meaning of flowers and how Laurel uses them to help others, including herself in the romance department. I'm hoping this story will continue.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Laurel is starting over at a new school after her mom's death. She's attending her mom's alma mater, Avondale Prep School, and she's finding that the school holds more and more keys to her past. It all starts with a speech on the language of flowers in her English class. When Laurel gives the bouquet she made to her English teacher and soon after Ms. Spenser finds love, Laurel starts to discover she has a gift with flowers. When rumors start to fly about Laurel's gift, all the girls want them, especially before prom. Being a matchmaker isn't easy, and Laurel has a lot to discover about the language of flowers. FORGET-HER-NOTS is a light, refreshing read. It incorporates magic without being over the top, and I finished the book believing in the language of flowers. I know I won't be looking at flowers the same way! The story takes a bit to pick up, but once it does, it's a fun read. Laurel and her friends are fun to read about - Avondale Prep School sounds like such a fun place, I wish I could visit. Some of the characters weren't completely fleshed out - I had a hard time keeping track of the numerous girls that were mentioned. But Laurel and her teachers were great to read about, and I loved that Laurel got along with her teachers and had great relationships with them. FORGET-HER-NOTS does a great job of giving a nod to classics such as ANNE OF GREEN GABLES and THE SECRET GARDEN. This story has the same warm fuzzy feel of those books, and Laurel is definitely a kindred spirit.
EllzReadz More than 1 year ago
My thoughts...I really enjoyed this story. Amy B. White takes readers on a romantic and magical journey into a world where flowers can enhance feelings and reactions. This story is very unique and offers a refreshing change to fans of young adult/middle grade literature. While the story is geared to younger readers, it would be enjoyable to readers of all ages, especially those who enjoy flowers. Beyond the flowers, the story has several strong themes. The story uncovers first loves, true loves and love desired. While readers are not smothered with romantic themes, it is tastefully woven into the plot. The heroine also deals with the loss of her mother and her father's struggles to lead his own life. The story also focuses on morals and making choices. In the heroine, Laurel's case, not all of those choices were the right ones. The read an interview with the author and she described the book as "inter-generational". I think this is a perfect way to describe the characters in the story. This is a YA title, so our heroine, Lauren, and her peers are young. I think a few of them are old souls, like her cousin Rose. To me, Rose was the voice of reason and I liked her character because of it. Some of the choices Lauren made had me wringing my hands. She faced many of the struggles teens face-acceptance, self-esteem, the opposite sex, family stress, and academic pressures. I did see significant character growth in Lauren by the end of the novel. Readers get a chance to see Lauren's interaction with several of her teachers. One particularly, Mrs. Suarez, really seemed to influence Laurel and take on the mother role. Lastly, Laurel's grandmother, while absent, played a big role in the story, especially the mysterious aspects of the plot. Overall, I really enjoyed this story. I love the section at the end of the book with the flower meanings. I found myself referring it on several occasions. I even checked some flower names on the web and was pleased to see they were the same as the book. The story is very unique and creative and I would definitely recommend it to fans of YA lit, young and old.