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Rain (Hudson #1)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  4,355 ratings  ·  84 reviews

Growing up in the ghettos of Washington, D.C., the cards are stacked against a hardworking dreamer like Rain Arnold. Rain has fought to be the best daughter she can: she studies hard and gets good grades; she helps her mother cook

ebook, 448 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Epic Fail Alert!!!

I admit it.

The only reason I purchased a copy of this book was to see how well a black lead character would fare in V.C. Andrews-land. I'll also admit that I'll be reading the next two as well. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment.

I should have known better than to expect anything than trite stereotypes. Rain Arnold, hardworking black girl from the ghetto (Point of Fail #1: Why are all black people assumed to be from the ghetto? Didn't anyone ever watch The Cosby Show?) with a lo

Die junge Rain Arnold wächst in einer Armensiedlung namens The Projects auf. Ihr Bruder Roy ist älter, ihre unbändige Schwester Beni jünger und ihr Vater ist ein Taugenichts. Allein ihre Mutter arbeitet Tag für Tag als Aushilfe im Supermarkt, um die Rechnungen bezahlen zu können. Eines Tages, als ihr Vater sich verplappert, erfährt sie, woher sie wirklich stammt: Aus einer reichen Familie, die die Schwangerschaft ihrer Tochter vertuschen wollte…


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Jan 04, 2009 Dawn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys V. C. Andrews books.
Recommended to Dawn by: I have read all the books by V. C. Andrews.
This is the first book in the Hudson series. I have read many of V. C. Andrews books over the years and this is one of the series I really enjoyed. My favorites by this author were The Dollanganger Family Series, The Casteel Family Series, The Cutler Family Series & The Landry Family Series. Some of the recent series that have been brought out since this author's death have been good, but not every book in a series were enjoyable. The Hudson Series was an exception. I enjoyed every book in t ...more
Ian King
Well, what an emotional roller coaster.
I picked up this book just to have a glance at what it might be about and then found myself wanting to know it all.
An enjoyable read about a girl, Rain, who is raised in the ghettos and just about destroyed in the ghettos had it not been for her mama. Her mama had a secret and she was not one to lie, however she held this secret in place until her drunkard husband let it all out.
Rain had always thought she was a little different but didn't know any better.
This is my first V.C. Andrews book I have ever read. I will say I will definitely be reading more of her books. I went to high school with a bunch of girls that read her books, and I have owned some for awhile, I just never got into reading one til yesterday, and yes I read it in one day. It was a quick read, and for me it engaged me right from the start. The conflict and turmoil starts right at the beginning and continues throughout the book. I kept being left wondering, "What will happen next? ...more
Chelsea Gouin
And so I embark on yet another VC Andrews series. The Hudson series starts with Rain, a half African American girl living in the ghetto. I say half because that's emphasized throughout the novel. We have all the VCA stereotypes; rich vs. poor, blind trust, sibling love, detatched mother, family lies. So nothing really new there except we have a nice grandmother instead of an evil one. This was rather slow in the beginning that set up Rain's life in the ghetto with her adopted family but there wa ...more
The first V.C. Andrews series with a black main character. I read it only for that reason. At this time, I was 13 and my interest for V.C. Andrews books had already peaked and waned.
When I read these novels back in the day I would have given them 3-3.5 STARS and now would say about one Star

I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003.

I have read:
-Dollanganger Series
-Casteel Series
-Cutler Series
-Landry Series
-Logan Series
-Orphans Series
-Wildflowers Series
-Hudson Series
-Shooting Stars Series
-DeBeers Series
-Broken Wings Series

As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because
Total sobbing shyte
Kim Smiley
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Rain has never really felt like she’s had a home. The book ‘Rain’ by V.C. Andrews tells the reader about one teenage girl’s life and her problems she faces throughout the novel. I think the theme of this book is that money or being rich can’t give love or a place to call ‘home’. The reason why I felt this was the theme is because she was sent to a newer and safer home, but she didn’t want all that. Instead she would rather live in her old home in the ghettos where she grew up and was loved by pe
One of the first truly disappointing V.C. Andrews sagas to hit the shelves. While the early ghost written sagas were not perfect, they remained entertaining and entirely readable melodramas. In many ways Rain feels like a watered down (no pun intended) version of the first novel in V.C. Andrews Cutler series (also written by ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman).

In Rain, a young black girl discovers that she is adopted and that her biological mother is white and very wealthy. After the somewhat sensati
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Anne Marie
Since I've read many VC Andrews novels, this first book in the Hudson series seems good, but predictable based on other novels by the same author. (Brother - sister relationships) I like the main character, Rain. She's a strong person based on her growing up in the bad part of town, but weak when it comes to boys, like Corbette (what kind of a boy's name is that?!). Now she's off to London to pursue a career in acting. It seems very similar to the main character in Flowers in the Attic pursuing ...more
Delicious Strawberry
After the decently-written Logan series, Andrew Neiderman wrote two mini-series (which were not awful, but not VCA-ish) and I was glad when he went back to writing a regular series. But I was disappointed. This was lacking in the same dark feel and mystery of the real VCA books as well as the three full series Mr. Neiderman wrote. (Granted, the Melody series was a bit different, but it was considerably better than the Rain series)

The problem wasn't that Rain was biracial or anything like that. T
Leslie Edwards
I remember sneaking these books from my moms book collection when I was 11 or 12. The storyline to all the ones that I have read were pretty terrible but I couldn't stop my 12 year old self from reading them! I can't say I do not like these books because I use to love them! I think I may read one at 26 and see how I feel about them.
Amy Leblanc
I loved this book! It always made me want to read more. you never knew what was going to happen, or maybe that was just me. But in my opinion you need to read this book,I am now just finishing the second book and i am still hooked! Although i was dispirited when i saw the movie about this book the book is about 10 times better!!!!!!
I have to say I was pleased with this book overall. Neiderman did a good job at making the plot interesting and it made the reader want to keep on to see what happened next. Even though it was predictable, I still enjoyed the Andrews' theme, or the attempted reproduction of it, I just love books like these. Girl has a dramatic life, has dramatic encounters with guys who might or might not be related to her, cat fights, its just wonderful. I devour dramas, good or bad.
However, the characters are
Typical V.C. Andrews storyline. Flowers in the Attic and the Dollanganger series always remain my favorites but can't help but checking out the other series to see if any live up to that one. This series is ranking way below others for me so far.
one of the best, most loved series/authors of all time. V.C. Andrews books are something so easily recognizable and new books continue to evolve to go with the times and bring in a whole new generation of loving readers
Nikki Marie
v.c. andrews books are all absolutely amazing and very easily distinguishable from any other authors. i love the darkeness, secrets, lies, very addicting, i have almost every single book!
Laticia Toliver
I loved this book! Made me remember years ago when I first read heaven full of energy, suspense that flows surprisingly well.
This is a good book. Rain is a young girl who endures many hardships. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series.
Jessica Dale
brilliant was engaged from beginning to end, a few twists along the way always give you that extra kick
Jodie Angeline Lee
This is the 2nd time I've read this book and I loved it just as much as I did before. This series is one of my favourite Virginia Andrews series.
Carrie Schaefer
the first completely different style, yet classically written novel of it's hard knocks lifestyle.
Rain is the story of a teenage black girl who lives in the ghetto of Washington, D.C., with her family. After a family tragedy occurs, Rain is shocked when she learns that her family isn't her real family. To save Rain from the harsh life in the city, her mother sends her back to her real family, who are white and rich (her black father was a man her mother had a fling with in college but his location is unknown). Rain must deal with having two families and learning the dark secrets of her famil ...more
Loved this book so much I just had to get the rest of the series
Stephanie Tuell
this is the first book in the hudson series. it's about how rain finds out the truth about her family. she is quickly moved from the poorest of neighborhoods to the richest. i am a fan of v.c. andrews, but not of this book. i find that the book doesn't prepare you for the rest of the series. there is alot of unneeded jibberish. like beni. what really is her point? she doesn't really have a need in the book. roy is pointless, but not as pointless as beni. i've decided not to read the rest of the ...more
Die junge Rain Arnold wächst in einer Armensiedlung namens The Projects auf. Ihr Bruder Roy ist älter, ihre unbändige Schwester Beni jünger und ihr Vater ist ein Taugenichts. Allein ihre Mutter arbeitet Tag für Tag als Aushilfe im Supermarkt, um die Rechnungen bezahlen zu können. Eines Tages, als ihr Vater sich verplappert, erfährt sie, woher sie wirklich stammt: Aus einer reichen Familie, die die Schwangerschaft ihrer Tochter vertuschen wollte…

It was a well done story and it took me to read all
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Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews & V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name

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
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Other Books in the Series

Hudson (6 books)
  • Gathering Clouds (Hudson, #.5)
  • Lightning Strikes (Hudson, #2)
  • Eye of the Storm (Hudson, #3)
  • The End of the Rainbow (Hudson, #4)
  • De Hudson omnibus
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1) Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2) If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3) Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4) Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)

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