by Stacey Lee
Genres: Magical Realism, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: December 27th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
An evocative novel about a teen aroma expert who uses her extra sensitive sense of smell to mix perfumes that help others fall in love while protecting her own heart at all costs
Sometimes love is right under your nose. As one of only two aromateurs left on the planet, sixteen-year-old Mimosa knows what her future holds: a lifetime of weeding, mixing love elixirs, and matchmaking—all while remaining incurably alone. For Mim, the rules are clear: falling in love would render her nose useless, taking away her one great talent. Still, Mimosa doesn’t want to spend her life elbow-deep in soil and begonias. She dreams of a normal high school experience with friends, sports practices, debate club, and even a boyfriend. But when she accidentally gives an elixir to the wrong woman and has to rely on the lovesick woman’s son, the school soccer star, to help fix the situation, Mim quickly begins to realize that falling in love isn’t always a choice you can make.
At once hopeful, funny, and romantic, Stacey Lee’s The Secret of a Heart Note is a richly evocative coming-of-age story that gives a fresh perspective on falling in love and finding one’s place in the world.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Mimosa and her mom come from a very long line of aromateurs, but they are the last ones for now. All Mother wants is for Mim to focus on being an aromateur and that’s it. And for Mim to not think about boys or fall in love since that will mess with her nose. One person in the family already lost their aromateur sense when the person fell in love so it’s now forbidden for Mim to fall in love. It’s from the start of the book that the story focuses on this mother-daughter relationship. It’s hard for Mim to be an aromateur, despite it being what she wants to do in life. She just also wants to fully experience being in high school. But her mom thinks her school work will affect her job as an aromateur.
Mother would be really strict with Mimosa because she had to become a great aromateur. The best, if possible. I totally understood her reasons for being strict with Mimosa, but her strictness was wearing me down. I just wanted Mimosa to have happy teenage years! But I was so happy that the author included a strict Mother and then gave her a little character growth that fit her.
I don’t know why but I was scared I wouldn’t like Mimosa. There was just a vibe I felt about her that had me thinking I wouldn’t like her. Well, that vibe was wrong because I really did like her! Sure, she had her moments where I was questioning what the heck she was thinking but she made normal mistakes (as normal as an aromateur with powers can be). I loved that beside from this story having various focus, it’s major one was Mim’s self-discovery. She had made a mistake
The romance was so darn cute and adorable!!! Court had me totally rooting for him and Mimosa. That guy has a way with words and without really noticing, so that added to his appeal. Plus, the way he would be with Mimosa would make my heart skip a beat. He’s just one of those guys who’s always nice. I was so happy that his character wasn’t the typical cliche popular jock who thinks he deserves the world. Court is actually very down-to-earth and so freaking nice. He’s also a great son who wants what’s best for his mom.
Vicky was so infuriating and your typical mean girl. At times, I felt like Vicky was stealing the spotlight and I was getting tired of her actions and her bullying ways.
At the beginning, I wasn’t sure if I would love it. I started to imagine possible endings and they wouldn’t have fit the story so I was very nervous for the ending. I shouldn’t have worried at all. Stacey Lee executed a wonderful outcome to the story that had me smiling and totally loving how everything was resolved. She did a fantastic job and left me feeling warm with the ending.
The Secret of a Heart Note is a very cute and feel good story that will give you all the fuzzy feelings!
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