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White Oleander by Janet Fitch
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Oct 21, 07

Recommended for: Females
Read in August, 2007

The character wasn't charming or likable, which was why I removed one star. But the realism of her struggle and the deterioration of various human conditions were strikingly well-written. What she rose above in the end wasn't so much as a victor with the benefit of a revelation, but as a remorseful adult regressing to an evil she can't separate from because she's known it all her life (her mother). And her future seemed to be hindered by her weaknesses, which isn't the love she had for her mother but the animosity she'd be led to have for herself leading her to deceive those around her with her false happiness. Her character underlined how such strength emerged, a product of apathy, and how little it means in the end when you can feel again.

The style of writing was consistent, flowed with strong vocabulary integrated in winding and artistic run-on sentences.
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message 1: by Ryan (new)

Ryan i like your reviews. do you write? if you do, you should post it.


message 2: by Sue (new) - rated it 5 stars

Sue Thoroughman The truth of it is that many foster youth, or former foster youth, are NOT charming or likable. The things they go through either break them or teach them to cope in whatever way they can.


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