Jan 11, 2011
The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake has a great premise - a girl who can taste the emotions of the folks who make the food. I wanted to love the book, but I couldn't. The writing has this too-aware-of-its-own-cleverness feel. The characters all seem to talk alike - every single one of them. And the book is linear but it's confusing. I would imagine we were months ahead of the previous scene only to find out that it was just a day later. Or the author would jump years ahead but always have to go back to the previous years to explain one more thing. I don't need stories to take place chronologically, but I do like them to be organized and not so hard to follow along. This felt kind of sloppy. I just can't feel much affection for this novel. Only a 3.