The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Victoria grew up in the foster care system and the system did her no favors. She turns 18 and doesn’t have a plan of how she wants her life to turn out. She trusts no one and has nothing. Her only thought is to plant her own garden…in a city park. Her love of flowers and some random occurrences help her find her way. When a mysterious flower vendor starts looking at her a little too hard, it brings her past back and the questions of what she left behind.
This book was a monthly selection for our book club. It is not a book I probably would have picked up on my own.
I had no idea that flowers have their own language and that giving someone certain flowers actually has meaning behind it.
The fact that Victoria didn’t have enough ambition to get a plan for her life while she was at the transition house, drove me crazy. Things seemed to fall into her lap that I often thought a little bit unrealistic. She was a kid with no plan, no plan to get a plan, and a plan fell in her lap. Hmm…
Despite the fact that some of it seemed a bit far-fetched, I did enjoy the book. I enjoyed the chapters alternating from present time to when she was growing up. I wanted the best for all the characters involved and wanted to be able to jump in the book and give them advice.