I finished Amy Brecount White's debut novel, Forget-Her-Nots, this morning (just in time to send it to the next lucky Tenner before leaving on vacation!). Summary from the back of the ARC: Fourteen-year-old Laurel discovers she is part of a secret society dedicated to the magical language of flowers in this debut novel set at an exlusive boarding school and blooming with romance, mystery, and intrigue.
My favorite things about the book:
-Learning the Victorian language of flowers and the whole idea that certain flowers could stimulate specific feelings or actions. There's lilac for the first emotions of love or an orange tree for generosity (include one with my next novel submission?) or jasmine for amiability (useful for trips to the DMV).
-The writing. There are some really pretty passages, things like: It was all out there - sweet and sour, swift and slow, waiting for her. A world of everything and its opposite. Another of my favorites, so delicately written, is on p. 69-70, but too long to include here.
Forget-Her-Nots will be published by Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins in February 2010. You can learn more about it and the Language of Flowers on Amy's website.