The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis

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...coincidences abound to a degree that strains believability, but the nicely ambiguous ending saves the story from feeling too pat...
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   Sixteen-year-old Olivia loves living in Silverlake, Los Angeles, with her dads, Bell and Enrique, and her brother, Jeremy. But when Olivia discovers that Bell's restaurant, FOOD, is in trouble, she applies for a job at a casting agency. The day of her interview, Olivia meets a psychic in an elevator who tells her that this summer will be pivotal. Soon after, Olivia stumbles upon a vintage cookbook with handwritten notes in the margins and starts to date a gorgeous boy named Theo. As Olivia reads the notes in the cookbook and cooks the recipes, she forms a kinship with the previous owner and becomes increasingly aware of the emptiness she feels without a mother. When Olivia discovers her birthmother's name and address, there's nothing to stop Olivia from meeting her. But sometimes the things we search for are the things we've always known.
 

About Stewart Lewis

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STEWART LEWIS is a singer-songwriter and radio journalist and is the author of You Have Seven Messages. He lives in Washington, D.C. Visit him at StewartLewis.com.




Author Residence: Washington, D.C.
 
Published June 11, 2013 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 258 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Children's Books. Fiction
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on May 01 2013

...coincidences abound to a degree that strains believability, but the nicely ambiguous ending saves the story from feeling too pat...

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