Hello, my lovely peeps! Today, I have a review up for a wonderful short story. The other reviews had said there were tears involved and I thought, “I’m always down for teary books! I mean, I doubt I’d cry for a plant, but I’m still definitely down!”
For a houseplant.
((In my defense, other people cried too.))
Title: The Houseplant
Author: Jeremy Ray
Edition: Ebook > Kindle
Length: 31 pages
Genre/s: Fiction, Short Stories, Contemporary, Fantasy
A copy of this book was provided to me by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This does not affect my review in any way, and all opinions are mine.
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?
You’ll never look at houseplants the same way again.
“You’ll never look at houseplants the same way again.”
I sure won’t!
Told from the point of view of a fern named George, we get to explore the world through the lens of the unmoving, oxygen providing, and green living thing we call plants.
The story begins with Brenda, George’s human, meeting with her book club and telling them, for the umpteenth time, how she met George. Previously a bitter plant who, like the others in the garden (where many of his fellow plants were waiting to be sold to humans), held a distrust of humans. They weren’t always [purposefully] malicious to plants…but humans tended to be destructive, careless, and incompetent. A harsh stroke of the leaves here, a bump there, and don’t forget the tiny little humans that would tear leaves off of plants while their parents allowed them to wander off!
For a long time, George managed to look as ugly as possible, to avoid being purchased until, one day, Brenda did buy him. Through lots of care and with Brenda showering him with love, he slowly warms up to her until tragedy strikes and George feels like life will never be the same.
I thought this was amazingly creative and in a tiny little story, it sure packs a punch to the gut! I seriously cried for a fictional plant?!?
I thought this was a pretty good read. I, myself, am quite the brown thumb. Most of my non-succulents tend to croak. Maybe I’m overwatering them, like Brenda did towards the beginning. It wasn’t until I started to raise my cacti, Rebellion, that I earned myself a small little 1% towards green-thumbery.
Rebellion is a plump lil guy now! It makes me appreciate all the growing it’s done for me in the last few years (which again, in this book, George put more effort into flourishing and growing once he started to like Brenda)! I do occasionally talk to it, the same way Brenda did to George, and The Houseplant made me feel just a wee bit less insane about doing so. In fact, next time I see a plant look extra beautiful, one random day, I’m going to smile and think, “Is it doing this for me?”
Starts off pretty cute, quirky and unique, followed by heartwarming, heartbreaking, and finally ending on a beautiful note. I went right off to visit my set of cacti downstairs, as soon as I finished reading.
Awesome short, Jeremy! This book took me less than a lunch break’s worth of time to read, so if you enjoy plants, or even if you don’t and have just a quick moment for a sweet and lovely little story, definitely give this one a go!
Time for some golden eggs! The Houseplant by Jeremy Ray gets…
4 ½ shiny shiny eggs!