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White Oleander
by Janet Fitch
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PublisherLittle, Brown and Company
Release Date2006-09-01 (added to CC 2 Jun 2010)
Amazon Sales Rank8,199
When Astrid's mother, a beautiful, headstrong poet, murders a former lover and is imprisoned for life, Astrid becomes one of the thousands of foster children in Los Angeles. As she navigates this new reality, Astrid finds strength in her unshakable certainty of her own worth and her unfettered sense of the absurd.

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(14 May 2013)
The story line was interesting as each new home Astrid went to was a new opportunity for a new plot, climax and conclusion. Some of them really drew me in and some kind of flopped. The disappointing thing was the ending. Not only was the love story like a second thought, the relationship with her mother was anticlimatic. All and all it was enjoyable. Just wish I'd have stopped reading after Claire's death.
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