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{The Secret Ingredient: Stewart Lewis}The Secret Ingredient by Stewart Lewis
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on June 11, 2013
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 257
Format: eBook
Source: Netgalley
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{Synopsis} –For fans of Sarah Dessen and Jay Asher's 13 Reasons Why comes a journey of family, food, romance, and self-discovery as Olivia, a teen chef living in L.A., finds a vintage cookbook and begins a search for her birthmother that will change her life forever.

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 Silverlake, 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.

{My Thoughts} – This book has a magical feel to it. Once I had started reading it I found it to be incredibly difficult to stop. I read the entire book in one sitting. Olivia is a seventeen-year old girl with a brother and two dads. She was adopted as a baby and recently has a hang up with wanting to find her birth mother. She meets a psychic and everything in her life seems to fall into place like tiny pieces of a puzzle that has been scattered for so long. This book is about love, devotion, acceptance, betrayal, sacrifice, understanding and learning to become your own person. I absolutely enjoyed reading this book and hope to read more by this author in the future.

Final Conclusion: 5 Star Rating.