Aimee Bender's The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake
This is one of the big buzz books of summer--I've seen it on just about every summer reading list from every newspaper/magazine--which I find a little surprising actually. Not that it's not awesome, b/c I LOVED it--just, it's fairly unconventional at parts. It's about a girl who, just before her ninth birthday, discovers she can taste the emotions of whoever prepared her food--and learns that her mother is desperately unhappy. As you can imagine, this is a hard skill to live with, and Bender somehow makes it believable and relatable. Seriously a great read, up to the hopeful and heartbreaking ending. A.