Whenever a book is made into a movie I do my best to read before I watch. Sometimes, a book will get passed me, but as soon as I saw the trailer for White Oleander—years back—I ran to the bookstore. The imagery and inner conflict of the characters were so riveting, I read the first third of the book without a break. Probably would’ve finished the book in one sitting except my family woke up. Astrid’s mother, Ingrid, is the most passive-aggressive evil villain I’ve ever come across. I believe she creeped me out more than Hannibal Lecter. If you haven’t indulged in Janet Fitch yet. Please do. I started a second read as soon as I finished the first.