#ThrowbackThursday White Oleander by @JanetFitch323

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Renee @It’sBookTalk began this Throwback Thursday meme as a way to share some of our old favorites as well as sharing books that we’re FINALLY getting around to reading that were published over a year ago. I’ve wanted to join this meme for a long time and I thought it would be a great idea because it forces me to read books from the TBR and not only new releases. And, of course, I can also include some old favorites!


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Everywhere hailed as a novel of rare beauty and power, White Oleander tells the unforgettable story of Ingrid, a brilliant poet imprisoned for murder, and her daughter, Astrid, whose odyssey through a series of Los Angeles foster homes–each its own universe, with its own laws, its own dangers, its own hard lessons to be learned–becomes a redeeming and surprising journey of self-discovery.

I will always remember this novel because it was one of the first books I read in English. I don’t even remember how I found it, and I certainly haven’t read it since then, but it left a great impression on me. I’ve often thought about it often since I read it years ago.

The writing was lyrical and beautiful but somehow I never thought it dragged. I was always interested and deeply captivated by Astrid’s life and her journey. It was definitely bittersweet.

I still remember thinking it would be a young adult kind of book and finding something much darker and edgier. Astrid wasn’t an easy character, but she was fascinating to read about. Every family she joined was different, some more horrifying than others. But I couldn’t stop, even if I didn’t like exactly what I was reading.

P.S I love the cover!


14 thoughts on “#ThrowbackThursday White Oleander by @JanetFitch323

  1. Diana says:

    I have heard a lot about this book though I am yet to read it. I really like the sound of it especially because you mention that it has stayed with you. I will look for it.


  2. Clues and Reviews says:

    Good pick for your TBT! I have watched bits and pieces of this movie and read excerpts from a few classes in school but never read the book fully! I was always worried about it lagging which is probably why I have hesitated to read the whole thing. Maybe I’ll give it a go this year?


  3. Susie | Novel Visits says:

    I absolutely loved White Oleander, too. For a few years I lived in that So. California area which brought the book even more to life. Excellent choice!


  4. Ann Marie says:

    I read about half of this book many years ago. I did not intentionally DNF but somehow never went back to it. I still have it on the shelf. Perhaps I should give it another go.


  5. Amanda @Cover2CoverMom says:

    Hey girl!!! Long time no see 🙂

    I read White Oleander this past year. The writing was absolutely stunning, but I don’t think I appreciated the book as much as other people. It was just ok for me. Isn’t there a movie adaptation? Have you seen it?


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