I usually like to recommend you books I loved but this time I’m gonna talk about a book I really disliked. That’s because I don’t want anyone to waste time on it like I did but also because I’m curious to know if other people who have read this book feel the same way about it as I do. And to be completely honest, I’m not sure I’ve understood this book as I think there may be some deep symbolism that has eluded me.. or maybe not, which makes the book all the more disappointing. The following mini review contains spoilers so if you don’t want to know what happens, just skip to this week’s beauty reads instead.
The Particular Sadness Of Lemon Cake is the story of Rose, a young girl who, on the day of her ninth birthday, discovers that she, whenever she eats something, can taste the feelings of the people who cooked the food. This idea is quite interesting but sadly, like everything else in the book, is not well-developed. Rose, and the other members of her family, are very selfish people. Apart from the mother, everyone in the family seems to have a special power that, if used properly, could help them do good to lots of people. Instead, they spend the entire book trying to repress these powers and avoid to use them at all.
Her granddad could smell people’s feelings and so he went around with a strap on his nose. Her father thinks he could discover his power should he go into a hospital and so refuses to go into one even when his kids are born or seriously ill. Her brother, a selfish brat who doesn’t know how to live in the real world, prefers to turns himself permanently into a chair! Yep, you read that right! Into a chair! WTF?! Only Rose at the end, uses her ability to become a chef and is hired by a girl who works with teenagers to help her out with them, but Rose is all too quick to point out that she’s willing to help only once in a while!
I understand that having special powers can feel like a curse sometimes, but no one in this book has even considered the possibility of the good they could do as well. It’s all about how they feel and who cares about everyone else. Overall, to me, this is simply a book about lost opportunities and just shows us how selfish our modern society encourages us to be. The book is also unfinished. Of all the issues mentioned (their powers, the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, her mother’s affair…), none is fully developed and has a definitive answer at the end. It’s just an unfinished book full of characters that never grow up imo. What about you? Have you read it as well? if so, what did you think of it?
Oops, sorry about that. I didn’t mean to write an essay about the book, but I guess I needed to get a few things off my chest. And now, this week’s beauty reads:
My Women Stuff explains how lack of sleep can cause havoc on your skin and how to deal with it.
Future Derm talks about 3 hair thickeneing ingredients that actually work.
Nouveau Cheap shares her holy grail drugstore beauty products.
Makeup And Beauty Blog reviews Deborah Lippman Holiday 2011 Collection.
Fables In Fashion reviews Shu Uemura Burning in Water eyeshadow palette for the holidays 2011.