Must read: White Oleander

Must read: White Oleander

I’ve mentioned that White Oleander is on my list of must reads by everyone. I wanted to give a little overview of the book for those who may be interested in reading it. It is a great tale about a young girl who encounters so much in life, from the time she is with her mother until the time she is able to leave the foster system after being placed there when her mother is put in jail.

The beginning of the book gives you an idea of how Aster’s (the young girl) mother is. She is a selfish woman who begins implementing dangerous thoughts and ideas into the girls head from the beginning. She tells Aster that she is better than all and other rules for life, such as never letting a man stay the night. Aster’s mom then falls in love and is accused of killing the man she fell in love with because he didn’t love her back. She is then put in jail and Aster is placed in the foster system.

While in the foster system Aster faces many different situations that have a profound effect on her being. She is placed in a home where she is shot because of a suspected affair with the foster dad; she is later put with a depressed woman who adopted Aster so she didn’t feel so lonely when her husband goes on business trips constantly. She and Aster develop an intimate relationship and the women does to overdose on pills and die.

Aster is then placed in a group home and then with another family that is out of control. Aster is treated much like a slave, the lady sells all of her beautiful belongings and Aster starts to become a rebel. This is just the outline of a great story that I think everyone should take the time to read, as they won’t be disappointed.