Hola mis amores! I’m a little late but, as promised, I’m here with a full review on What The Flower Says of Death by Danielle Koste!
If you haven’t checked out my release day blitz post on this book, please do!
Synopsis: Violet Holt has already met Death once.
After a failed suicide attempt, she finds herself dumped by her callous mother on the doorstep of her family’s desolate oceanside estate. With only the company of her estranged grandmother, comatose grandfather, and the monsters in her head, at least there was no one to interfere with her plans to try again on her eighteenth birthday.
No one, except maybe Jack: a skeleton of a boy who says he’s there to rake her grandmother’s leaves, yet seems more experienced at stalking than grounds-keeping. She knows he’s keeping a secret behind his gentle smiles and aloofness, but it’s difficult for Violet to be put off by his untimely thin-air appearances when figuring out the mystery of his true identity makes for such a good distraction.
Violet’s trauma is deeper than the wound on her wrist though, and it cannot be simply whisked away in a whirlwind of guessing games and pleasant gestures. She struggles to reconnect with her grandmother, find forgiveness for her mother, and closure with her grandfather’s dire condition, all while battling the strain of it all on her family. Even with a flicker of something hopeful blossoming within herself, Violet knows her birthday plans must be inevitable.
Death wouldn’t be there for her if it wasn’t.
My thoughts: This was a heavy one. But it also had it’s fluffy and cute parts which were really nice!
I really enjoyed the complex relationship that Violet had with her mother and her grandmother. I don’t wanna compare this book to Danielle’s last novel, Pulse , because they’re so different in my opinion. But I love how she creates such gritty and.. relatable characters! They’re not perfect but, you still find yourself rooting for them in a way.
I thought I had all of my feelings about this book gathered but honestly..just read it, haha!.. I will say though that because this book delves into rough topics like suicide, anxiety, depression- things like that. And when I say delves, I mean it nose dives.
Violet was a great female protagonist. At times she was frustrating, but for the most part I really enjoyed her as a character. She stood up for herself and for what she felt was best for her and I respect that.
Another topic that this book delves into- which I love- is forgiveness. It doesn’t paint forgiveness as this end all be all cure to your problems and what not. But, it just shows that you don’t know what someone’s going through, even if you think you do. Forgiveness isn’t something you automatically owe people who you feel have wronged you. However, I’m a firm believer that forgiveness is healing. It’s not magic, but it’s a start. And I feel like this book handles that topic extremely well!
Jack. Dear, sweet,lovely, naive, pure, encouraging Jack… He was such a great male protagonist. I loved that while he always tried to make her walk in her mother’s shoes, he never made her feel like her feelings or thoughts weren’t valid. It’s honestly one of the healthiest relationships I’ve ever seen in a YA novel. It wasn’t like a “Oh wow, we met and I’m suddenly fine now!” kinda relationship we tend to see in books that deal with topics like those that are touched upon in this book
In a nutshell, I definitely think you should check out What The Flower Says of Death as soon as possible! I gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads, mainly because of the heavy subject matter. At times it was definitely too intense for me. But it was definitely worth the read!
Hope you enjoyed this post! I’ll definitely be back soon, I don’t wanna stay away from here for too long.
See ya soon!
Xoxo, Gigi .