If you’ve been wondering where my obsession with floriography began, here’s your answer.
“The Language of Flowers”, a novel by Vanessa Diffenbaugh, sadly didn’t make my top ten list of favorite books. However, it’s definitely somewhere in the top fifty.
Without going into depth about the storyline, “The Language of Flowers” follows a girl named Victoria Jones as… Well, as a lot of things happen. She learns love, loses love, denies love, and finds love anew. She makes mistakes and runs away from them, then makes more mistakes and tries to make ammends.
She tries to make a life for herself when she has nothing.
It really is a beautiful story, and there’s so much depth to it. Strangely enough, my favorite aspect of it isn’t the flower meanings woven into the story, but rather the feeling of a double story.
Rather than trying to introduce the backstory then jumping into the present story, Diffenbaugh tells the story from the past and the story from the present at the same time. It’s hard to explain if you haven’t read the book, but it’s absolutely fantastic.
I love this aspect because it’s so meaningful. In real life, stories can’t just start without a backstory. At the same time, it’s a huge no-no for an author to tell you exactly what you need to know rather than show you.
So if your story has a really long and important backstory, it’s nearly impossible to tell.
Unless you’re Diffenbaugh, in which case you’ve created a new-era story design.
And of course, when I first read this, I was fascinated with the fact that there’s actually a language of flowers. Like, that’s so awesome!
And as I discovered that the language wasn’t just pretty words but also covered the darker emotions and ideas of humanity…
… Let’s just say I didn’t put the book down for a week after finishing it.
It really is a great read, and the symbolism is simply famtastic. It’s been at least a year since I read it, and I can’t get past that. It was just so amazingly thought out…
I just can’t even!
So if you’re looking for a good book to read over Spring Break and simply cannot get enough of symbolism, I would definitely suggest this one.
It may not be packed with adventure, but it’s definitely packed with feels.
Picture source: Amazon.com