Sunday, February 17, 2013

White Oleander by Janet Fitch Book Review

White Oleander
by Janet Fitch
Published September 1, 2001 by Little, Brown and Company
496 pages

When Astrid's mother, a beautiful, headstrong poet, murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life, Astrid becomes one of the thousands of foster children in Los Angeles. As she navigates this new reality, Astrid finds strength in her unshakable certainty of her own worth and her unfettered sense of the absurd.

White Oleander is a story following the lives of a poet, who has just been arrested and put in jail for murder, and her daughter who is then thrown into the foster care system. As they try to navigate their new worlds and their changing relationship it's quite a journey and story about finding yourself and growing up for the daughter.

I really didn't know what to expect with this book, but I fell in love with it. It was simply amazing. The way the author strung the words together painted a beautiful picture and a vivid understanding. It was insane the way the words made you think about things. It had me questioning so many different aspects of life and relationships. It touched on all aspects of a person's life and how it can be affected. The relationship between Astrid and her mother was incredibly changing but the bond was always strong and there's evidence of this throughout the entire book. It gets you thinking to what actually can break a bond that strong as one between a mother and a child.

The characters were all interesting and peculiar. I liked them. I liked their different backstories and how they were all so different from characters you normally meet in fiction books in general. There was so many things about this book that just stood out to me and resonated with me. There were quotes that I was pulling left and right and the imagery was insane. The way the story was put together was intricate and flowed beautifully as if her words were water and there was no discontinuation.

Here are some of my favorite quotes:
"At that moment I knew why people tagged graffiti on the walls of neat little houses and scratched the paint on new cars and beat up well-tended children. It was only natural to want to destroy something you could never have."
"Why did it seem all the same, why did it melt together like crayons left in the car on a summer day?"
"Take what you can before it all burns to ash."
"The mind was so thin, barely a spiderweb, with all its fine thoughts, aspirations, and beliefs in its own importance. Watch how easily it unravels, evaporates under the first lick of pain." 
I definitely recommend this book to all!
My rating: 5/5
 Buy it:  Barnes & Noble  or  Amazon

Happy Reading!!