Review: The Language of Flowers

The Language of Flowers
The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have had two people recommend this book to me, both of whom I highly trust in providing suggestions for good reads. Needless to say I wasn’t disappointed. The book centers around Victoria, a young girl on the brink of adulthood. She has been a ward of the state since she born and bounced around from foster home to state group homes. Victoria has never felt love or compassion, except the one time she lived with Elizabeth who taught her the language of flowers. As Victoria enters the adult world, she finds comfort in the knowledge and uses it to gain her first job. Suddenly, she becomes a popular florist and her future looks very bright. But just as things seem to be looking up for this wayward young adult, the past comes back to teach her a lesson she must learn for her future.
The Language of Flowers was one of those books I just couldn’t get out of my mind. Even when I wasn’t reading it I was thinking about what would happen next and finding out more about Victoria’s past. At first, I thought Victoria’s story was going to be depressing. But while sad, her determination to overcome where she’d been to have the kind of future she wanted was refreshing. While she had problems, she didn’t let them discourage her from wanting a future once she was able to see a positive life for herself. Sure, she was down and depressed but the author didn’t dwell on these aspects to the point that the reader is thinking, “GET OVER IT ALREADY!”
I would recommend this book to older young adults and to adults. I feel the YA age group could relate to a main character about their age on the verge of adulthood. I also found the meanings for each of the flowers fascinating. I’ve known that different flowers have different meanings but never really know the depth of emotion they could convey. Read the Language of Flowers and ENJOY!

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