Book Review: The Houseplant

The Houseplant Jeremy Ray

I don’t currently own a house plant, and in fact I’ve never owned one. But I took this pic in freezing weather so that has to count for something, right? 😂

SUMMARY: George, a fern, doesn’t appreciate being bought by Brenda at Garden Palace. And he certainly doesn’t appreciate being trapped in her house of humans. He yearns to be with the plants outside in the garden. With time, George learns to trust Brenda and think of her as his human. Then one day, tragedy strikes and George’s life will never be the same. What happens when a houseplant loses the thing he never knew he wanted?

Wow, I’m blown away by this little story! I know my account trends toward horror predominantly, but I swear I like all kinds of stories. THE HOUSEPLANT is more of a drama, but it manages to capture a wide range of emotions in very few pages. I laughed, I empathized, and I may have even shed a tear.

Who knew a story told solely through the lens of a plant could be so entertaining and sincere?! It’s focus on personification and heartfelt storytelling reminds me of the best of the Pixar movies. It’s about a plant whose owner has rescued it from the plant store and lovingly cared for it over the years. No spoilers, but there is dramatic tension when something happens to the owner. Though the plant is the protagonist of the story, we also get to see how the humans in the story interact with and are affected by him (his owner-given name is George).

Again, to say more would be to ruin the experience for you. Just know that this story packs a lot into a little, and is very much worth your time! I will certainly be looking forward to reading more of what this author puts out in the future!!

Thank you to @jeremyraystories for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review!

Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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