Flowers in the Attic

Flowers in the Attic

Book - 1979
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Four children are locked in an attic for, according to their mother, only a short time, but as the days turn into years the children, now cared for by a vengeful grandmother, survive only because of their overwhelming love for each other

Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, c1979
ISBN: 9780671411244
0671411241
Characteristics: 412 p. ; 22 cm

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abcDena
Mar 01, 2018

** spoiler alert ** VC Andrews dropped the mic with this book. I just re-read it for the kabrillionth time since I was a kid and it’s still as creepy as anything Shirley Jackson has written. Reading this as an adult is an incredible thing, as I now read the mother as a monster, one that lives in the American consciousness as a “bad mother” and as a woman who is a slave to greed. That is VERY Shirley Jacksonesque! As for the scandalous elements in this novel? They are most definitely not YA-appropriate and I’m shocked to see this labeled as such on Goodreads. Isn’t it adult fiction according to libraries and retailers?

Call me crazy but VC wrote the most engrossing novels ever! Whenever I need a re-read that I can read new meaning into, I’m happy. When I was 11 years old, this book was passed around my class like a dirty secret, from one girl to the next. After my turn passed, I made my mom take me to the mall so I could buy my own copy.

Some of my favourite scenes:

- Christopher senior gives Cathy the music box
- the kids meet the grandmother
- Corinne brings the doll house to the room
-Corinne brings Cathy a gift of pointe shoes and a tutu
- the kids decorate the attic
- Chris and Cathy watch the party
- the soap/wooden key thing
- Chris and Cathy sneak into Corinne’s suite of rooms when she’s out one night
- Cory gets sick and is taken away
- Cathy slaps the lying Corinne
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This is actually a very dark and sad novel. Damn.

Windowgirl Oct 20, 2017

Flowers in the Attic is a dark and twisted tale that nonetheless has moments of beauty. At its heart, it is a story of four children trying to maintain survive in the face of horrendous abuse and the hands of the people who should care the most for them. It is also a coming-of-age story, as the narrator Cathy enters adolescence and discovers her sexuality.

The writing sometimes gets bogged down in melodrama and over-descriptions of everything. But the book is suspenseful. I couldn't put it down! Andrews does a good job of making the reader feel as claustrophobic and Cathy and her siblings.

ArapahoeKati Jun 28, 2017

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.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 03, 2016

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.

CMLibrary_sfetzer May 17, 2016

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.

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lori2486
Feb 24, 2015

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.

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Nakkid
Dec 21, 2014

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.

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babyboy04
Jul 17, 2014

The book was good but nothing like the movie really. Can't wait to read book 2 of it now.

princessr212 Jun 25, 2014

It was the sequel to "Flowers in the Attic". It was good.

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Trish8794
Feb 17, 2014

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.

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Dec 21, 2014

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Windowgirl Oct 20, 2017

Frightening or Intense Scenes: Children are abused physically, psychologically, emotionally, and spiritually. The main character has intense nightmares. A young boy is poisoned and dies.

Windowgirl Oct 20, 2017

Sexual Content: References to pornography, rape, and incest.

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