On the eve of her 9th birthday Rose discovers that she can taste her mother's emotions in the lemon cake that her mother is baking. Is her mind playing tricks? But a second bite puts all doubts to rest. Over the next couple of days Rose begins to realize that she has the weird ability to taste a person's emotions from the food they make. All of a sudden Rose knows things she'd rather not, secrets she could do without. And whether she likes it or not, she cannot eat anything without tasting something deeper. Even though the book is written very well, I thought it quite disappointing.I had been looking forward to reading this book for months – only to find that it fell way short of what I had been expecting. The only character who seems real enough is Rose. Her family, though mentioned very often, are described very vaguely with hints of stories of their own. The story seems stretched without a strong enough climax. And I found the ending extremely unsatisfactory and unsettling. There seemed to be a lot of loose ends in this story. Though Aimee Bender is a wonderful writer, very descriptive, it was frustrating to have been strung along through the entire book only to have it all collapse. But I would recommend this book for the way it's been written. Aimee Bender can paint the most realistic and amazing word pictures. But I can't imagine anyone finding this book satisfying simply for the way it's been written. The only people who may like it are the ones who like feeling unsettled and who take pleasure in the “what ifs” and the “maybes”. If you are one of them, I would recommend it highly.