a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/25165389-the-secret-of-a-heart-note" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px">The Secret of a Heart Note by Stacey Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I read this book for #yabookchat twitter chat 1/1/17 at 9PM EST, join us for a discussion of this great book! Mimosa and her mom are the only 2 women who can create love potions and boy do they have the perfect noses to smell out the right feelings (smells like blueberries = sadness) and a few acres of flowers, bushes, weeds to crush, grind and produce the elixirs! There are pluses and minuses Mim deals with - she wants to be an ordinary teen (Mom won't allow it) go to high school (which Mim negotiated with her Mom with many caveats - if Mim can't do her job, then no school!!!) join clubs (can't too much time away from being an aroma expert) and have friends (she has one, but oh is she a GREAT friend). I felt really sorry for Mim and rooted for her all the way through her mistakes, quandaries, growing romantic feelings for Court and all the bad decisions she makes trying to be just what her mother has brought her up to be (can you tell I do not like her Mom?!?). But Stacey Lee has written a many layered book that has you laughing and crying while also getting a peek at Court's family and friends, high school atmosphere, loneliness, responsibility, and the complicated smells associated with feelings. Lee's descriptions of gardens, parks, the beach, the ocean and high school were lush and authentic. Loved the ending; a must read.
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