Synopsis: “Their strength and ferocity stem from below the surface where their roots are forever tangled, interwoven in such a way that for the remainder of time they bloom together …”
No one loves them, no one cares about them, no one even sees them until they end up in Mary Rodriguez’s home, an outpost for Sacred Heart’s troubled youth program. It is within these walls that the four teens forge unlikely friendships. They experience the intensity of first loves, share secrets, and suffer losses, vowing to make the world a better place in spite of their personal battles with addiction, depression, loneliness, and abuse. But when the unthinkable happens, those friendships are tested in ways they never could have imagined.
Will they find strength enough to survive or will their bonds be too fractured to heal them yet again?
Publication Date: 11th February 2020
We, The Wildflowers by L.B. Simmons is a brilliant book. It is the story of four teenagers, named Genesis or as she is commonly called Genny, Adam, Chloe, and Lukas who end up staying together in Mrs. Rodriguez’s home, a branch of an organization called Sacred Heart. Each of the four has his or her own story of why he/she live in Sacred Heart. Genny is a former substance-abuse addict, Adam is homosexual whose parents didn’t accept him after his coming out, Chloe is suicidal with unloving parents and Lukas has spent time in juvenile. The four call themselves the wildflowers.
The story is told through Chloe’s eyes and we follow her entire journey through the book, how she grows from a meek, sad girl into a confident young woman. You also can’t help but fall in love with the other three wildflowers. The book has an interesting plot and a good character-driven story. The story is hard-hitting and doesn’t shy away from delivering real and terrifying truths.
The only issue I had with the book was that it was too lengthy and certain parts could have been shortened. Overall, the book is a must-read.
Trigger warnings: Mentions of rape, sexual abuse, suicide, depression,
Note: I received a digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed here are my own.