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Roller coaster ride I won't forget!,
This review is from: The Language of Flowers: A Novel (Hardcover)
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The story of Victoria Jones is a difficult one to tell. I feel grateful for having read this book before its official release. The story begins with a girl, Victoria, nervous and wild and a ward of the state. We see her being jerked around from place to place by a social worker whose only emotion seems to be the relief she gets when she leaves Victoria at a new home. This officially spares her the burden that Victoria has become. There is not much of a back story on how she came to be in the foster system and or why, but it isn't really needed in her case. In fact I think it made it that more interesting and believable. Not all abandoned children reconnect with their birth parents and ride off into the sunset.
We are transported from the present to the past (10 years to be exact) whit each alternating chapter. They start off giving us pieces of Victoria's past in group homes and her almost permanent home with Elizabeth. In the process of all this you learn a plethora of information about flowers that I never though possible. The names, oh the names and meanings!!! So brilliant. Victoria has turned 18 and is legally emancipated from the state of California and instead of rushing out to do what most 18 year olds in her situation would have done (party, drink, experiment) she takes the lonely road. She becomes homeless until a chance meeting gives her the opportunity to work using her talent for flowers. As a result, faces from the past reappear, old wounds reopened and new ones start to rip.
There are so many instances that I wanted to just scream at Victoria! Ok, maybe not scream but just stop reading. I was so frustrated with her selfishness that I could literally spit. Then somewhere along I got it, I simply got it! I was made to feel the things she felt, resent the things she felt and dream of the things she wanted for life too. I understood her better than ever and then I truly understood her actions. The story was beautifully written. The pages just melted into one another creating an offering. Wanting you to see, see what happens to kids in foster care and see how all of our decisions affect our children more than we could ever know. I'm such a devoted fan of this book and will be purchasing a few copies for my friends. Although I wouldn't consider this book YA, I think it's an important story for everyone to read even if only to open a dialogue. At the end of the book the author so graciously gives us tender morsels of what is to be become Victoria and her new love. Go read this book!