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  • An absolute MUST READ book!

    If L.B. Simmons set out writing this book with the intention of making the reader feel ALL THE FEELS, well all I can say is: mission accomplished! I knew going in that for me, this would probably be a hard book to read because I am a very emotional reader. I feel everything characters feel, I struggle alongside them, I rejoice with them, I cry with them. And I did all of those things while reading We, The Wildflowers. Add in the fact that these kids are in their teens and navigating the last couple of years of high school which were the most tumultuous years of my own life, and I knew this book was going to hit me in places deep inside my heart. I don't know if L.B. has a really great memory, or if she took scenarios from her own teenage daughter's lives, but man does she nail the teenage years! The cliques in high school. The mean girls. The first date with a boy. All of these things are traumatic enough on their own but when you add in the fact that the main characters are all troubled youth who have been put in a group home because no one else wanted them? That magnifies everything tenfold. There is just so much depth layered into these young people who really have had to grow up in certain aspects way before they should have had to. These kids have gone through so much in their lives and there were times while reading that I sat back and said, "why is L.B. putting these poor kids through SO much? Why can't they be happy go lucky kids gushing about which college they're going to attend? Why so much pain?" But the reality of it is, this book represents SO many children in the world. It's about the strength these kids have when faced with situations they should never have to face. It's about the bond these four kids form with each other, the Wildflowers that survive and thrive in the face of adversity and the harshest of conditions. "Their strength and ferocity stem from below the surface where their roots are tangled, interwoven in such a way that for the remainder of time they bloom together, and when winter finally prevails, they perish as one. But even in death they remain connected, thriving within the comfort only they can provide each other, until springs brings them to life once again." So yeah, this book is not hearts and flowers (okay there are flowers, Wildflowers to be exact) and it is not romantic and it's not about two kids falling in love. It is about the relationships that form between a group of kids who were brought together by one very special woman who saw things in them they didn't see in themselves. It is about the bonds built, the family that is formed whose roots are so deep in the ground that no one and nothing can break apart what they've created. This is a soul shifting book. The kind of book that buries deep in your heart and stays there. It makes you think and question and contemplate. This story was a cathartic experience for me. There are few authors who could pull that off. L.B. is a prolific storyteller and as hard as this book was to read in certain places, it was absolutely necessary and I will forever see the beauty woven through the words. And I will forever remember the Wildflowers.

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  • Heartbreaking but also very uplifting.

    "We're been bonded by pain, but together, we're rooted in resilience. We are four. We are the Wildflowers." L.B. Simmons is one of the few authors of which I have read every book they released. I was introduced to her almost seven years ago, and I have been in love with her storytelling abilities and writing style ever since. It has been almost four years since she released a new book, so I was really excited when I got my hands on We, the Wildflowers. I already knew that this book would impact me emotionally after reading the blurb. The characters were intriguing and very likable. I especially felt a strong bond with Genesis, who is a fierce and loyal friend. The story is told entirely from Chloe's POV, who is the third teenager who ends up in Mary Rodriguez’s home, an outpost for Sacred Heart’s troubled youth program. She felt so unworthy of love, and the loving home with the best people brought her out of her shell. All four of the teenagers have their own struggles, but they know they will always have each other. Their bond was really strong and beautiful. "I've found more of a home than I've ever experienced. I've found a place where I'm seen. Where I'm acknowledged. Where I'm loved and accepted. I've finally found...a family." I would've rated this book higher if not for the abrupt change of pace in the second part of the story. It really bothered me that some things changed really quickly, and I just couldn't really keep up. I didn't have time to fully process everything. I just didn't think it fully fit the story and there were some things that definitely could've been handled differently. But I think things got back on track in the last quarter of the book. I loved seeing everything come together and the wildflowers finding their way back to each other. I think this book dealt with many difficult issues, and it was not always easy to read those heartbreaking scenes. I laughed and cried with the characters and wanted the best for all of them, and the ending was very heartwarming and uplifting. I am glad I read We, the Wildflowers. "But even in death they remain connected, thriving within the comfort only they can provide each other, until spring brings them to life once again."

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  • Best book of the year!

    I’m at a loss of words. I’m not sure I can adequately express how much the powerful words, friendships, love, sorrow, and every character in this book made me feel. The story is beyond amazing. The characters are unforgettable.The message is beautiful. This story is one of the best I’ve read, and I read a lot. I love the stories that leave you thinking about them for days. I’ll be thinking about this one for a long time!!!

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