If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger #3)
Then the lights came on in the house next door. Soon the Old Lady in Black was there, watching them, guarded by her strange old butler. Soon she had Bart over for cookies and ice cream and asked him to call her "G...more
My main problem with the book is not so much the storyline, but the fact that the story is told from the perspectives of fourteen-year-old Jory (Cathy's son with Julian) and nine year-old Bart (Cathy's son with Bart Winslow). While it's easy to sympathize with Jory - - his confusion over finding out his parents' true identities and the true character of his biological father...more
What I do recall is that even back then I did get annoyed sometimes by the writing so this is not a book I want to re read.
By he way I am disgusted by her family That they were so d...more
It explored the subject of childhood sociopathy, and has an overall darker tone than the previous...more
The other theme of this novel is how family secrets will surface no matter to what lengths people go to hide...more
I don’t remember my mother ever having a problem with me reading these books, in fact, I’m sure she must have purchased them for me. As long as I was reading, she was fine with it. I don’t however remember them being quite as scandalous...more
Having said that, the book is not too bad. It focuses now on Cathy's children, Jory and Bart, from t...more
This book was nowhere near as consuming as the first two. The writing is about the same - bad, but at least not abysmal, and is easy to read. But none of the characters were compelling; I tried and tried to like Bart, since he's the only character that ha...more
This time around Cathy is not our narrator, thank you Jaysus! Honestly, I cannot stand Cathy, she’s just all around terrible and any goodwill or sympathy she gained in Flowers in the Attic was shredded by Petals on the Wind. This story is her sons Jory (I can’t with that name) and Bart’s to tell.
Jory (ugh, that name) and Bart (another ugh) are polar opposites. Bart is jealous of Jory and feels...more
(view spoiler)[At the end of Petals on the Wind, Cathy was struggling with 2 small children and a dying (second) husband. Paul's dying wish was that she give in to Chris and allow him to provide for her as a husband would. So SHE DOES!
If There Be Thorns starts up 9 years later, with Chris and Cathy living as husband and wife (ew) in Northern California. For some reason, I keep wanting to say they live in New Mexico, even though I know that isn't right....more
I kind of liked that one of the kids was, like, just flippin' crazy, because if you don't think this kind of effed-up family dynamic trickles down to your kids, then you're pretty much just a selfish moron. (See Catherine and Chris.) Unfortunately, Ms. Andrews really seemed to believe she had a handle on the voice of a ten-year-old. She didn't, making this one darn nigh unreadable.
Which is too bad,...more
He really is a manipulative bastard. Like literally... It scares m...more
This is the first V.C Andrew's novel I've ever read, but it wasn't the last. You know why?
... BECAUSE HER WRITING IS SO F***** BAD IT MAKES YOU WANT TO READ MORE! That was V.C Andrews goal here..I think. Now you know why her books were so popular.My vehement hate for V.C Andrews grows e...more
As twisted and wrong as Cathy and Chris's relationship is, you just can't help rooting for them. You jus...more
All I can say is you won't even know what hit you until it hits you in the face. Jory is Cathy's first son from her first marriage to Julian...and Bart is her second child from her mothers new husband. Jory isn't the problem...it's Bart. He has always wanted his mother all to himself...he has always wanted her to pay him more attention. But she's so busy that he turns to the new lady next door who tells him to call her "grandmother". By giving Bart all he w...more
The main drawback for me is the shift in narration, because even though Cathy was often over-the-top, her son Bart is irritating and dreary, and it was really being inside his he...more
This is the only V.C. Andrews book written from a boy's point of view. As in Petals on the Wind, I was not fond of Cathy. She seems completely ignorant of Bart's life...she doesn't try hard enough to reach out to him. Also mad because she impregnated herself with two different men's children witho...more
Well, you guessed it, everything that can go wrong, does go wrong. Cathy's son Bart turns into a super-freak, Grandma escapes the nuthouse and moves in next door, and about four different people threaten to spill their secret to the world. Factor in the mul...more
Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man w...more