The Short Story? – A heartbreaking story about forgiveness, love and moving on. Beautifully written, this is an original debut that moved me to tears. A refreshingly realistic plot, a fantastic cast of characters and a heartfelt romance entwined with a long journey of hardship. Diffenbaugh has told a story that is bound to be a classic.
The Long Story? – Honestly I was a little iffy about this one. When I first received a review request and blog feature from Pan I really thought hard about turning it down. It seemed too real, too mature and not YA enough. After finishing the book, I’m so glad I gave this one a chance because it’s beautiful, truly, wonderfully, one of the most touching books I’ve ever read.
Victoria is one of the most realistic characters I’ve met in fiction. She’s authentic, she’s 3D. There’s more to her than her looks, her friends and the boy she’s chasing. She’s a complicated character who was exposed to the real world at a young age. She’s an orphan who doesn’t believe in love, in moving on, in forgiveness and the emotional journey she ventures is quite spectacular. Every character in the book plays an important part in Victoria’s journey and it’s really surprises me who the littlest thing like $5 can play such a significant role in someone life. A wonderful cast of characters.
The plot suggests that it’s a cross-over between YA and Adult, it’s clearly written for an older YA audience but I found that I really enjoyed it and I’m 100% teen. The Language of Flowers is clearly just as much of an emotional journey as a physical one. Well-written and easy to read, from the first page to the last I was captivated by the hardships, the characters and how the story unfolds. I stayed up late and woke up early to finish this book, a touching page-turner about how flowers could bring people together and teach them to love again. For fans of Gayle Forman and Courtney Summers. It’s a YA contemporary that will longer long after the last page.
The Language of Flowers is a must-read. Diffenbaugh has written a spectacular debut that will move you to tears. A novel about forgiveness, love and moving on, it’s a fantastic story with an important message behind it. A tear-jerker that’s beautiful from the start to the finish. A journey that will make you laugh, cry, happy and sad. The Language of Flowers will be read by generations to come, it’s a modern classic in the making.
Rating – 5/5
Badass Bookie xx