Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

Victoria is about to turn 18 and about to be removed from the foster system she grew up in. With out any family or money she is moved into a group home with few weeks of rent paid and the advice to find a job and make a plan. Time passes, and she neither has a job nor a plan. What she has is garden in a public park created with flowers that follow the meanings from the book, learned from a time when she was almost happy.

Victoria's story goes from the past to the present giving light to how she ended up with out a home or a family. It's flowers that really speak to Victoria and it's flower that start to bring her to something new. Author Vanessa Diffenbaugh creates a story of the past and the present that show how hope can spring from hopelessness. The Language of Flowers would make an excellent book club book, with its insights into the US foster system and the lost art of the language of flowers.