Book Review Sunday…The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake.

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Hi everyone, hope you’re enjoying the bank holiday weekend so far, even if it is a little chilly for August! I am just a couple of chapters off finishing the titular book so I thought I would make a review of it! 

It starts off with Rose Edelstein at 8 years old, with her impending 9th birthday coming up soon. Her mother decides to start baking a cake for her (lemon, naturally), another one of her ‘fads’ she goes through, just like woodworking later on (although that one finally sticks!). However, as Rose bites into a piece, her whole world turns upside down, as she can taste her mothers pain and worries through that one slice. 

For the next few weeks, this newly discovered skill of hers troubles her, she can taste anyone’s feelings, if they themselves make some food and serve it to her. She discovers through this the troubled misfortunes of her brother, her father’s own secret skill he’s never discovered himself. George, her brother Joe’s friend, becomes interested in her skill, and decided to help her to try it out on restaurant meals too, more specifically, cookies. 

It really is an outstanding story with an original concept. At first it starts off slow, then entices you in with more dazzling prose and superlative adjectives. If you can get past the first mismatched 60 pages, then you’re in for a treat! Overall, the book is mysterious and shows you how secrets exist within every family, and how the family dynamic changes after some of the secrets are unveiled or the members grow up. 

I totally sympathised with the family’s struggles, as I myself have witnessed first hand how a family can be broken down. I guess the story also emphasises the struggle with various mental disorders, and how many things are all in our heads. It removes the stigma and prejudice against these individuals and shows the real person stuck behind it all. It is truly empowering.

The novel is extremely complex, yet with no speech marks, it is extremely simple at the same time. I guess it also shows how complex relationships are when relations to each other are so simple. I’m extremely fortunate to have come across this book, as it leaves a lasting memory on your mind. If you want a thought provoking read, then this is the book for you!

Happy reading!

Flashback Thursday’s: Coming Of Age

I was thinking about the idea of all these memories having recently read a brilliant book called Eleanor & Park.

I’m constantly looking for movies that have the sweetest feeling of first love and it’s heartbreak, the days when you think summer will never end and the nights when you think the stars shine so bright the sun will never rise.

So here are my top 7 coming of age movies from the grotesquely girly to the simply sweet:

1. The Perks Of Being a Wallflower.

A beautiful melancholic state of growing up with emerging problems each of us face in their different dramatic states with love and longing thrown in. There will always be a fond place in my heart for a poetic film such as this.

And the obvious connotation that sometimes being a wallflower can be wonderful because you find other people just like you. Every Butterfly must be a caterpillar.

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2. Alice In Wonderland. 

The Beautiful Independence of a girl setting sail on her own journey and defying the ‘mold’ in which her scene is set. With a Wonderful imagination and a magical fairy tale style adventure thrown in what more really could you want from a movie that is so empowering! (Not to mention being based on a famous classic)

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3. Angus, Thongs & Perfect Snogging.

It’s Silly, It’s hilarious and who doesn’t remember the days when the idea of chicken fillets and big knickers made you giggle like you were breaking and just to hold that cute guys hand was all you thought about in class.

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4. The Art Of Getting By.

Two well loved stars in the form of Emma Watson and Freddie Highmore presented in an off-beat love story. The Philosopher and the girl with the smile, as the most beautiful stories entail. Reminding you of those days when everything to do with boys and girls was a complex shyness, something to be written on notebooks and whispered about with friends so that no-one found out. And It may just be me but Freddie Highmore became a handsome young man *swoons*.

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5. The Kings Of Summer.

A story of brotherhood, the pacts you don’t think adult life will ever make you go back on and the idea of an absolute freedom that releases you from your birdcage. Love in many forms.

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6. The Spectacular Now.

A recent discover that taught me love can last and we aren’t defined by one, we’re not defined by our parents and although now is important we have to consider how beautiful tomorrow can be. It’s the sunrise to adulthood.

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7.Up.

The ‘Coming Of Age’ for any age and a guaranteed tissues required maintaining the magic movie from the folks at Disney we love so much.

I think you’ve all probably seen it, and if you haven’t I’d strongly recommend a cup of tea, a ribbon in your hair and a pack of tissues at the ready.

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So now I’m nearing twenty I’m working my way through each remembering Freddie Highmore in The Spiderwick Chronicles and Emma Watson In Harry Potter with mixed feelings about the summer days I’m missing as I embrace the welsh rain with a necessary independence and the hopeless romances in which forever was promised as the dissolve to newer more sensible dreams of travel and sewing.

Happy Thursday,

Daisy x