The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis
Published: June 11, 2013
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Olivia doesn’t believe in psychics. But the summer before her senior year of high school, she meets one in an elevator.
This summer will be pivotal, the psychic warns. Please remember—all your choices are connected.
Olivia loves her life in Silver lake, Los Angeles, but lately, something’s been missing. And after getting this strange advice, her world begins to change. A new job leads Olivia to a gorgeous, mysterious boy named Theo. And as Olivia cooks the recipes from a vintage cookbook she stumbles upon, she begins to wonder if the mother she’s never known might be the secret ingredient she’s been lacking.
But sometimes the things we search for are the things we’ve had all along.
The Secret Ingredient is a great contemporary novel in the likes of Sarah Dessen. I loved the lightness, fun, and quickness of the story. My favorite thing about this book is that the author did a great job of combining the more serious aspects of the main characters life with the lighter ones.
The story involves the main character going through hard times, falling in love, getting her first job, and just being a normal teenager. I loved reading the book because I loved how much I connected to the main character. She is funny, witty, and goes through a lot of things that most teenagers go through. But the story is also great because it involves things like having two fathers, being adopted, and dealing with a parent who loses a job.
The book was never too serious or too light. It had a great tone to it and I recommend it to people who love contemporary novels. It was just a really great fun and light read that is perfect for summer.
Rating: 3 Stars / 5 Stars