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Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger #2)

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  41,404 Ratings  ·  1,496 Reviews
They were such brave children to withstand such suffering. Such clever children to escape such terror!

For Carrie, Chris and Cathy, the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds, even while they built bright, promising new lives. Of course mother had to pretend they didn't exist.

And Grandmother was convinced they had the devil in them.

But that wasn't their fa
Paperback, 439 pages
Published November 28th 1990 by Pocket (first published 1980)
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Gua This is from Wikipedia: The book was much disputed when the novel was said to be based on a true story. For many years there was no evidence to…moreThis is from Wikipedia: The book was much disputed when the novel was said to be based on a true story. For many years there was no evidence to support this claim, and the book was passed off as fiction. Nonetheless, the official V.C. Andrews website claims to have contacted one of Andrews' relatives. This unidentified relative claimed Flowers in the Attic was loosely based on a faintly similar account. While at the "University of Virginia hospital for treatment...she developed a crush on her young doctor. He and his siblings had been locked away in the attic for over 6 years to preserve the family wealth."(less)

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Deborah Markus
Sep 05, 2015 Deborah Markus rated it it was ok
Holy guacamole.

I gave four stars to Flowers in the Attic, because apparently I'm shallow and weird. So it was kind of a relief to find myself thinking "This is OFFENSIVELY bad" on a regular basis as I read the sequel. (It only earns two stars because of the ending -- see below.)

How offensive?

Let's see. The kids from Flowers have managed to run away from the attic they were trapped in for so many years. They're on a bus (destination: Anywhere But Here) when their little sister Carrie becomes viol
Aug 11, 2016 Neva rated it it was amazing
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Clau R.
Dec 25, 2015 Clau R. rated it liked it

JUST... what!?

I can't even...

My summary of this book is: WTF, Cathy?!

I mean, I liked it and I'll definitely finish this saga, for I am too invested, but I don't know, this book is just TOO MUCH.
Sep 16, 2010 Cassy rated it really liked it
I cringe to think how much V. C. Andrews I read in middle school. And honestly, once you have read one of her series, you have read them all. Mix together incest, rape, car accident, evil grandmother, dismissive mother, missing father. And voila! You have her latest series.

That was my disclaimer. Here is my confession.

I love this particular book. I thought the initial book in the series, Flowers in the Attic was good. The subsequent books and prequels were horrible. But this book was written for
Jun 08, 2008 Laura added it
I wanted to claw my eyes out while reading this book. It was so horrible, and yet I had to finish it because I can never leave a book unfinished. It was difficult and painful. Every chapter was redundant. Cathy and the men that LOVE her, Cathy and her long golden hair, Cathy and her plies and "supple" leg muscles. Cathy talks for 400-something pages about the revenge she is going to get on her mother...and she has all of these random run-ins with her and doesn't do anything. The revenge she fina ...more
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
This was the worst best.

This was a clusterfuck. It's like the most dramatic and ridiculous soap opera ever created. It's truly amazing how much fuckery is in this book. I just. I can't even explain all the crazy. It's addictive. I could barely put it down.

However it was a lot slower, longer and didn't have the crazy sexual tension like the first one. Cathy is very free with her love in this. Are you a male? She's in love with you, then. Are you a male that treats her like garbage? You're top of
Feb 12, 2012 Michelle rated it it was ok
UGGGGHHHH, Cathy. Cathy is so terrible and manages to drag down this entire book. Almost the entire Flowers in the Attic awesomeness. Does anybody else remember her being this awful?

Cathy, Chris, and Carrie do indeed escape the attic, and somehow get taken in by a kind doctor in SC and his housekeeper. Cathy, after years of studying ballet by herself, manages to get accepted by a ballet school, then a ballet company. She's so talented and I guess we're supposed to cheer for her. Whatever, this i
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Little girls get hurt when they play grown-up games.”

V.C. Andrews original books (pre-ghostwriter) could do tragic like no one else. Even after taking the children out of the attic, she still retained that distinctive and haunting tone that worked in the original. While Flowers in the Attic is the better novel, Petals on the Wind is definitely a worthy follow-up.

Cathy is again the lead, bent on revenge and not letting the past go. The author doesn't shy away from the intensity of her weird r
This book is the worst I've ever read - although I never read the Twilight or 50 Shades books. Still I highly recommend you read this. It's that terrible. Like when you smell something bad & want others to smell it.

I found myself hysterically laughing while explaining the plot to my husband. So there's that. It's definitely entertaining.. So bad it's good. Like Showgirls!

I recently re-read FitA, which is one of my favorite books of all time. So I read this again too, for the first time sinc
Sep 22, 2016 Fabian rated it it was amazing
What an outstanding sequel this is. Gone are the days of the claustrophobic attic and it seems that the Dollanganger kids can now FINALLY live out their lives in the big glorious world. But of course, our heroine is plagued by hatred for her wretched mother and here is a prime moralistic example of why grudges are destructive and so very anti-life. And not only that, but the revenge aspect in "Petals" is the true ghost in this "horror"ish dish, made all the more delicious by an outstanding write ...more
Jul 16, 2009 Cicely rated it did not like it
Mothers do not let your daughters read this book! I remember being so enthralled by it as a teen, that I just had to give it a read as an adult. Turns out it's AWFUL! HORRIBLE! DISGUSTING! What do young girls learn from this book? Well, apparently it's okay to be raped as long as you love the person raping you, or at least can live with them long enough to learn to love them. (Seriously, Cathy is raped THREE TIMES in this series, by three different men! One of whom is her BROTHER! And she has re ...more
Dec 29, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
Shelves: ballet
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Jun 06, 2014 Paranormal_Madness rated it it was ok
What I liked:
-Chris. It seemed like he was the only sensible person in this entire book that I didn’t absolutely hate at some point or another. He had his head on straight and he knew what he wanted in life, even if his sister was what he wanted. I had sympathy for him, and for Carrie later on, but not for Cathy.
-Carrie. Her problems were the only ones I was concerned with throughout this entire book. I could have cared less about Cathy. I wanted to read more about her younger sister. While Cath
May 15, 2014 Evie rated it it was amazing
The Times Magazine called Petals on the Wind "an artfully twisted modern fairytale" and it's hard to disagree with that statement. Dark, shocking and spellbinding, it's a fabulous tale of forbidden love, lust, abandonment, abuse and revenge - the last one being the leading theme of this volume of Dollanganger series. I won't even try to deny it, I'm completely addicted to this insane little saga!

"How young we were the day we escaped. How exuberantly alive we should have felt to be freed, at las
Jun 07, 2008 Trudy rated it really liked it
My books are tattered and dog eared... I couldn't put these books down when I was in high school. Read the whole series twice. Which says alot at a time in most teenagers lives when they are repulsed by reading anything that isn't required by school.

So, just when you think the kids are going to be all right - after escaping Grandmama's evil clutches - they go and find bigger and better ways to mess up their lives... and I root for the remaining Dollangagner kids all the way.

Chris is unshakable i
Inés Izal
Nov 09, 2015 Inés Izal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
Cathy Dollanganger o cómo volverse psicótica y un putón verbenero.
MK~ Picky Girl
Jan 17, 2014 MK~ Picky Girl rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taboo-topic
DNF the audiobook version of this at 65% This one was way too over the top for me.

Flowers in the Attic, the first in the Dollanganger series, was a guilty pleasure. It was a fun, deliciously wicked tale that kept me listening for hours at a time. I was expecting more of a dark, sordid tale from the next book in the series. Unfortunately, Petals on the Wind failed miserably. The plot line was insane.

It felt like I was reading a bad version of a cheesy 80s daytime soap opera...

Cathy frustrated
Jan 20, 2010 Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: 2010
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Nov 03, 2007 Robin rated it liked it
I'm going to copy and paste this to all of them!!!! I feel like I have to justify this and all of the other V. C. Andrews books on my list!! I read these when I was young and loved them! My sister and I poured through them- they were obviously trashy for our age (probably the appeal) but mom let us read ANYTHING- as long as we were readung she was ok with it! And that paied off- because both my sister and I still read for pleasure daily. You can't beat it! Hey- and why be a book snob???
Shalon Lippert
Dec 19, 2013 Shalon Lippert rated it it was ok
This book is deliciously awful. I hated every moment of the purple prose and outrageously absurd dialogue. The "love" scenes were disgusting and completely unsatisfying. Cathy's story reads like some twisted Mary Sue.

And yet. I could not put it down. In the back of my mind, as I read on, I wanted to shake my fist at God for placing such a damnable book on earth! Oh! How I hated Cathy, who harbored spite in her soul like some packrat hiding strings and bits of plastic trash and scraps of bread an
Mar 12, 2012 Dorothea rated it did not like it
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Jul 09, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
I am crazy psyched because I had no idea that there were 3 more of these wacko books, so I am going to go find the next one asap.

As a sequel, this was nearly as perverted and warped as the first. First we have the kind doctor who takes in the three POWs. Chris has a mentor now, Cathy can do her ballet, and Carrie can start growing her body to match the size of her head. Oh but what's that, Cathy? You have the hots for the doctor! Of course you do. And where is his sense of morality and the fact
Jul 30, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Siblings released from attic. Continue to shag.
Reacquainted with donuts.

*puts fingers in ears and lalalas at anti-donut propaganda*

*devours donut defiantly*
Jun 24, 2015 Cait rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know what? I love guilty pleasure, messed up all to hell and back books as much as the next girl. Your mother locked you in an attic and now you're boning your brother? Rad. I'm in. Flowers in the Attic wasn't necessarily a good book, but it was interesting. Things happened. People died. Unfortunate sex was had. I was entertained.

I just finished Petals on the Wind and the only thing I can think is: Nope. I wasted days on this and nope. Cathy has to be the single most unbearable fictional cha
Rabbit {Paint me like one of your 19th century gothic heroines!}
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Some things make no sense whatsoever.

Shocking, I know -- but true. Some things are muddled beyond the ken of human brains. Try as we might, the mysterious nature of these enigmas will forever dance beyond the field of complete understanding -- like, say, this screencap from MST3K:

See what I mean?

The same might be said of Petals on the Wind. It makes no sense whatsovever. Oh, sure -- an ambitious reviewer could cobble together some kind of literary analysis bullshit. You might say it's a caution
Sep 01, 2016 Nexi✼ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda me gustó más que el primero. Este está más desarrollado y pude comprender el incesto que se presenta. A pesar de todo lo que ha pasado, no pude odiar a Cathy. La comprendo.
Sep 13, 2016 Trisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another long winded account of Cathy's days now that they are out. But freedom is not all Cathy thought it would be and she still seems like a leaf following along to someone else's current. She can't seem to make her own decisions and relies on others to make them for her.

I was not a fan of the first 3/4 of the book. Full of Cathy's breathy accounts of her male conquests. But less her conquests than her struggle to control her own life. She let everyone dictate it except those who loved her. (v
Chester Dean
Ésta es la segunda parte de una serie de 5 libros llamada Dollanganger. La primera, creo yo es la más popular de todas, y es Flores en el Ático. Yo, leí ése libro hace tantos años que temía no recordar detalles importantes, pero al inicio del libro como que dan una explicación global de lo importante que pasó en el primer libro y lo recordé todo (al menos lo importante) y continué perfectamente la lectura.

En Flores en el Ático, conocemos la historia de Cathy, Chris, Carrie y Cory. Cuatro hermano
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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
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Dollanganger (5 books)
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