As a librarian in the Teen Services area, I'm always interested in the Alex Award winners...books that were originally published for adults that have appeal for teens. This title, by Aimee Bender, is one of this year's Alex Award winners.
The story chronicles the childhood and young adulthood of Rose Edelstein who, at age 9, discovers quite by accident, that she has the ability to "taste," in homecooked food, the emotions of the person who made it. Not surprisingly, the first time it happens, the food has been prepared by her mother and Rose finds herself privy to some feelings that her mother has never outwardly expressed. And so it begins. Throughout the book, as Rose finds ways to manage (or in some cases, not) this unusual gift, she learns more than perhaps she ever wanted to know about herself and the people in her life, namely her parents and her reclusive brother.
I'm glad to say this was the first time I checked out an eBook with my KPL library card, and there were many things I liked about the experience:
• Because I had installed the appropriate Android app, I was able to download the title to my phone and was therefore able to read a few pages whenever I had time to spare...waiting to pick up my kids, in the doctor's office, even at the gym;
• I appreciated having a time limit on finishing the book. eBooks are not renewable so I had to finish the book in the allotted time (14 days) before it disappeared from my phone. That forced me--in a good way, of course--to keep reading;
• I continued reading one or two of the printed books by my bedside. In this way, the eBook was almost like a "bonus book" that I found myself enjoying at times and places where I might not normally have a printed book with me.
If you haven't tried it yet, and you have a device that allows you to read eBooks (or audiobooks too), I encourage you to give it a try.
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake