Book Review | The Language of Flowers by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

by - May 31, 2016

I just finished reading another book by this month. It's the second one, guys! I admit that I am a slow reader. I keep buying the new books and just put them on the bookshelf; waiting to be read. Till one day I realised that I really need to read all of them before buying the new one. Ada ke yang macam aku? Beli tapi tak baca. It's a fact that I adore books more than everything! *sniff sniff*

the language of flowers, novel review
It was hard for me to understand the stories because the author flips between 18 years old Victoria and her childhood. But it gets interesting once you have immersed yourself in the story. 

Victoria dibesarkan di rumah kebajikan sejak kecil. Mempunyai personaliti yang tidak sukakan orang dan lebih suka menyendiri. Tiap kali di hantar untuk tinggal bersama keluarga angkat, dia akan sengaja berperilaku nakal yang amat supaya keluarga angkat akan menghantarnya semula ke rumah kebajikan. Pada satu hari, dia di hantar untuk tinggal bersama Elizabeth; seorang yang sangat penyayang dan memang ikhlas untuk menjadikan Victoria sebagai anaknya. Tetapi disebabkan kisah silam bersama adiknya yang bernama Catherine, dia menghadapi sedikit masalah emosi berkenaan hal keluarga.

Sepanjang kehidupan Victoria bersama Elizabeth, Victoria telah belajar banyak perkara terutamanya tentang bunga dimana Elizabeth mengajarnya tentang makna disebalik bunga yang ada. Dan ianya lebih dikenali sebagai Victorian Language of Flowers. Victoria yang pada mulanya tidak suka mempunyai sesiapa kerana merasa dirinya tidak layak disayang telah merasakan sesuatu pada Elizabeth. Ya, Elizabeth adalah satu-satunya yang dia mahukan. Tetapi pada hari proses pengambilan Victoria sebagai anak angkat Elizabeth yang sah, sesuatu telah terjadi antara meraka. 

Pada umur 18 tahun, Victoria mula hidup di jalanan. Nasib menyebelahi dia apabila Renata (owner kedai bunga) mengambilnya bekerja. Dan semenjak itu dia mula belajar hidup berdikari. Sampai satu masa, Victoria telah berjumpa dengan Grant. seorang petani bunga. Perkenalan mereka menjadi sangat rapat dan Victoria akhirnya jatuh cinta. Tetapi sayangnya ada sesuatu di antara mereka yang menjadi penghalang. Perasaan benci, takut, kecewa dan selainnya telah mengganggu emosi Victoria yang sememangnya rapuh sejak awal lagi.

I would say that this novel is kinda sad, heart-wrenching yet warm piece of fiction. Victoria has gone through so many things but still manage to endure every pain that she has in her heart. It revolves around things she loves; Elizabeth, Grant, flowers and her own life. Growing up with no one that could understand what she wants, with the complex personality and chaotic emotions, it is obvious that she is struggling to be better. Not only Victoria, other characters also have their past, their traits and their stories which will intrigue the readers to know about what's actually happening between them. This story is something like finding a happiness from every forgiveness. If you really played the scene in your head while reading, trust me, it will be one of your favourite books! I am fascinated with the language of flowers that has been mentioned in the novel. I will share it to you in the next entry. And for this novel, the rating is 4.5/5. Highly recommended!  

Toddles! x 

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  1. i'm just like you , beli bnyk2 buku but yg masih tak bca pun bnyk lagi =='

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