Twisted. Disturbing. Heart-wrenching. And then even more twisted. If you like psychological drama with a high uncomfortable factor, dig in. You're going to want to read them all.
This book is psychologically disturbing on many levels. I read it when I was in middle school, and I think the middle school/high school age group is the best one for this book, and for the rest under the V.C. Andrews name.
The writing can get a bit overwrought and overly dramatic in several places, but reflects the maturity level of the narrator, Cathy, who is a teenager. This book is hard to read, though. There is a lot of child abuse in it, and several disturbing levels of sexuality going on in it. However, I would still recommend it.
Flowers in the Attic is a wildly popular novel written by V.C. Andrews which combines intense and complex themes such as family, betrayal, hatred, and wealth. The novel, which has been fascinating readers for over three decades, focuses on the obscenely wealthy but tragic Dollanganger family. After the death of her husband, Corrine Dollanganger is forced to return home to her parents and beg for money. She hides her four children from her father by locking them in an upstairs room with access to the attic where they create a pretend garden. The children suffer heartbreaking twists and turns as they come of age sheltered from the world. Readers who enjoyed The Thorn Birds will love this darker, but no less fascinating, family saga.
This book is very dark. It's very different from anything I've ever read before. I just finished reading the Christopher's Diaries series and those 2 books seem to follow more along the lines of the movie that was released recently then the original series of Flowers in the Attic.
The book was pretty intriguing...except for the writing style. Ugh, the writing style. V.C. Andrews goes on and on with her details of unimportant things, and even the most mundane events are written in a highly dramatized manner for no apparent reason whatsoever. A few of the characters are also problematic for me, and we only have like 7 or 8 to actually deal with. For example, the way the brother, Chris, kept defending his obviously selfish mom was a little agitating, and it was annoying that he was also somewhat of a know-it-all. I never connected to little sister Carrie and felt she was just a brat (I gained sympathy for her towards the end of the novel). And the mom was just so evil! It sickened me to even read the pages where she'd waltz in like everything was ok. I didn't really like her from chapter 1 (I felt like she was always trying to manipulate the dad with sex appeal, and I realized she was spoiled when she said she was one of "those" women who thought all they needed was a man in their life and no skills for themselves), so I found her character annoying to deal with much early on. And that's another thing: these kids have like serious Oedipus/Electra complexes! Chris is hinted to be like sexually attracted to his mom (maybe he was attracted to his sister because she looked so much like the mother?), and Cathy was always praising her dad's looks, so idk, I felt some Freudian hints to this whole family drama, but maybe I'm just over-analyzing. Regardless, this novel is filled with deeply dark and unsettling stuff (and from what I've heard, it gets even more dramatic as the series continues). I'm somewhat satisfied with the ending in this book, so I'll just leave the series and not continue on. But if you're ever bored, you can use this to pass some time.
The book was good but nothing like the movie really. Can't wait to read book 2 of it now.
It was the sequel to "Flowers in the Attic". It was good.
Don't forget to read Garden Of Shadows. It's the prequel and was supposedly released 20 years after the grandmother died. It certainly explains where her cold heart came from.
I read a review on the book, and I knew I just had to read it. I hope it holds up well to my expectations!
After I read that a new “Flowers in the Attic” movie was airing on television, I decided to read the book again. I was one of many 13 year old girls that read this title (and the rest of the Dollanganger series) growing up and I wondered how well it would hold up if I read it again as an adult. It held up surprisingly well. Looking back, I’m pretty sure this book is what began my love affair with all things gothic.
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