White Oleander by Janet Fitch
Published: September 1st 2001 by Little, Brown and Company (first published January 1st 1999)
Goodreads Summary: 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.
Review: I’ve owned this book for years but never got around to reading it until now. I’ve seen the movie a thousand times and loved it. The book was really good also. I really liked seeing things more drawn out and developed than the movie. Astrid moves from foster home to foster home. In the book there is a whole other foster home that didn’t make it into the movie. Everytime Astrid moves from one foster home to the next, we get a more in depth look at it. For example, when Astrid is at Star’s, she (Astrid) and Ray have a much bigger relationship than is portrayed in the film. The writing was strong and beautiful. Although because of this it did seem to drag on much longer than maybe was necessary. Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book and am glad I finally had the time to get to it.