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Heaven (Casteel #1)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  15,605 ratings  ·  383 reviews
Of all the folks in the mountain shacks, the Casteels were the lowest the scum of the hills.

Heaven Leigh Casteel was the prettiest, smartest girl in the backwoods, despite her ragged clothes and dirty face...despite a father meaner than ten vipers...despite her weary stepmother, who worked her like a mule. For her brother Tom and the little ones, Heaven clung to her pride

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Published April 1st 1995 by Isis (first published 1985)
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Here's another book that screws with the grading curve. If you look at other 4-star reads -- Frankenstein, for example -- there's no way poor VC Andrews can measure up. Yet my verdict stands...four shiny stars, the sign of a book I plan to keep around, & I'm not ashamed to admit it. (Don't look, Mary Shelley.)

This book is loosely divided into three sections. The first is Heaven's life in the West Virginia mountains. As the blurb indicates, her Casteel family is hillbilly scum -- poor, dirty,
Um...I almost gave this five stars because I love V.C. and her trashy, soap opera books (but, you know, it's not beautifully written or anything so I restrained myself). I must say: I am horrified by the amount of people that I've proudly told I'm reading V.C. again, only to receive a confused or blank look in return. Is V.C. Andrews not required reading for teenagers? And let me tell you, it still holds up for us adults.

It's been a looong time since I last read Heaven, and I was expecting all
OK - I know it doesn't really deserve 4 stars because it has no redeeming qualities whatsoever, but it brings back such fun memories. I was about 14 when I first read this book, giggling with my girlfriends over all the dirty parts. Re-reading it as a "grown-up" cemented my love for the book - it's horrible, tasteless, trashy and loads of fun!

I see it as a poor man's Little House on the Prairie (if they had lived in West Virginia) You've got Ma, Pa and a bunch of unkempt children sharing a one b
This is the book that set me on the path to become the avid reader I am to day. My mothers co-worker told her about it. Then she started telling my sister about it, they passed it back and forth and had very interesting conversations that I could not get involved in because I did not know anything about Heaven, her father, or her "fresh" sister Franny. Finally they finished and it was just sitting there mocking me. So I picked it up. Then I was able to talk about this sad faimly. Then I read eve ...more
Jo Scott
Her stories might seem sensational even trashy but at least V Andrews was talking about the ugly. This and Andrews other books, made my ugly feel less lonely, it kept me company at night, when my ugly was creeping outside my bedroom door demanding a sandwich from his cooperative wife before he moved on to complete his nights work.
In an era when the misery memoir was not so present, before child-line and the wider acceptance of abuse in the home she unconsciously kept a lot of abuse victims comp
OK so I went through a phase in my teens where I read and owned every VC Andrews book, as evident by the 46+ books listed here! (I just sold them on ebay when I bought my house, so I didn't have to pack them up and move them for the millionth time!) But this series, marked by Heaven Casteel was by far my favorite series and I read it many many times. I stopped reading the newer books in college, since they weren't really by VC anymore and every new book that came out seemed dumber and was writte ...more
I was almost embarrassed to admit that I read this, but whatever. Who doesn't like a fluffy book every now and again? This one was pretty damn craptastic.
This was a favorite from my early teenage years, so when I saw it on sale, I thought I'd see if the magic was still there. The answer was a resounding NO. Sad.

The first half of the book wasn't so bad. Heaven Leigh Casteel (the name should have been my first clue...) lives in the hills of West Virginia, and her family is at the bottom of the pecking order in their small town. Actually, the Casteels live out of town, up in the hills. (Seven miles away from town, to be exact. Yet it only takes them
I read this somewhere around the beginning of middle school, and if I had first read it as an adult it probably wouldn't have been given anywhere near 4 stars. I couldn't bring myself to rate it lower for a couple reasons: I remember absolutely loving the book, and on the "V.C. Andrews" scale of literature, it's probably her most engaging story.

I went on to read what must have been a dozen or more by Andrews during my childhood and adolescence, and I've forgotten the majority of the plot lines f
Ami Squirrel Girl
The only reason I put this on my "Best Books" shelf is for the sentimental value that this book has. This is the very first V.C. Andrews book I ever read, which was a gift from my mother who gave it to me after I got home from school one afternoon. She only said one thing about the book before handing it over; "That poor girl." Which, of course, piqued my curiosity at once. I remember getting in trouble for staying up past my bedtime to continue reading in secret when my mother went back out to ...more
Rebecca Coulby
I read this book when I was 14 years old and I fell in love with it. Heaven was a wonderful passionate heroine because she rose above so many obstacles what I liked about her was she reminded me so much of myself she was shy,beautiful,smart,passionate,and courageous. I really liked the romantic aspect of it Logan was the knight in shining armor that saw something that nobody else did what made it even more passionate was the rivalry between her and her sister fanny. Kitty's character in the book ...more
Bethany Harvey
It's impossible to rate this book fairly. On the one hand, it's far from great literature. On the other, it fulfills its purpose (trashy, soap-opera fun) so well, it's hard to give it a low rating.

Plus, it's masterfully designed to hit all the sweet spots in a preteen's psyche. The fact that my classmates and I lived in the area where this book is set and loved it in spite of its insulting and ridiculous hillbilly stereotypes just goes to show the bulletproof appeal of this book to middle-school
Kelly Jones
Nov 26, 2008 Kelly Jones rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: adolescent girls who want to feel like their doing something naughty.
Recommended to Kelly by: classmate
Shelves: guilty-pleasures
Like many, I became engulfed in the white trash drama of the Casteel family in the seventh grade. Ashley Anderson gave me a copy in Mr. Nelson's science class one day and from that moment on (or at least for the next year or so, until I finished the series), my life was changed. I gave the book five stars, but keep in mind, I read it over fifteen years ago. However, the impact was obviously huge. So take the reccomondation how you see fit. Also-Just for fun....Compare and contrast Heaven by VC A ...more
Mar 08, 2009 èmm¤ rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all girls
Halcyon Daze
Plot Summary:

Heaven is a teenage girl living in "the hills," basically rural, poverty-stricken mountains. At first, things look up, with a new boyfriend and possible higher education, but then stuff happens and her father decides to sell her and her siblings away for $500 each. Ouch.

More stuff happens, including abuse, statutory rape, and general fucked-up-ness. Warning for the abuse and rape.


Ah, another trashy V.C. Andrews book. If you know, you know what to expect. A beautiful protagoni
I'm disappointed in you, Andrews!

Unlike most of V.C. Andrews staples, and the precedent Flowers in the Attic set, this book lacks in the incest department. However, this has all the other hallmarks of a V.C. Andrews works- a family saga, an underprivileged girl from a distant privileged background, a doomed love story, a distant father, a complex relationship with a mother, and so on. There is some form of incest (after all, this is Andrews), but it's of the adoptive parent kind. Heaven is raped
I feel so ashamed to allocate four stars to this trashy, completely unrealistic, and occasionally disturbing novel. However, if I didn't, I'd just be lying to myself.

V.C Andrews is the absolute Queen of Trash, Queen of Ethereal-Beauties-Who-are-Constantly-in-Fear-of-Getting-Raped, Queen of Handsome-Evil-Rich Men, and Queen of What-the-Hell! I've never read (or even heard) of another author mass-producing such drivel for the eagerly waiting masses to lap up. If another such author exists - please
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After reading "Flowers in The Attic" I thought I could never stomach another V.C. Andrews book again, just because incest isn't really something I can buy into. However, something made me pick up "Heaven" at the book store and read a few pages just to test it out and I couldn't stop reading.

V.C. Andrews was a brilliant author, capable of weaving complex, interesting, and sometimes heart wrenching tales that leave you begging for more. After reading half of "Heaven" I went out and bought the oth
I have really mixed feelings about this book. I ordered it on a whim, and I could tell from the beginning that I read this book before. And when I read the bit about Sarah explaining to Grandma how she ended up with Luke Casteel, I was very sure. But I'm also positive that I didn't finish it.
The part before the children are sold drags on forever. It's repetitive and boring. Then it gets a little bit more interesting at Kitty's home, but then it drags on more. It's just so sad, and not in a cryi
The Willies (Part 1) was drawn out at points. Fanny's promiscuity could not have been made more evident. Kitty was a complex character, though simple to understand in actions. For example, it was easy to understand why she killed the hamster, but there must have been more to the character to explain why she felt she must do so.
Heaven is a strong female character, but not necessarily like others. She suffers and she bears it. She doesn't go fighting the bad guys or come in guns blazing. She works
Delicious Strawberry
While I felt that the Flowers in the Attic was a excellent book, I feel that the Casteel series is overall the best (at least, the parts written by VC herself) I have read this book 7 or 8 times, and I never get tired of it. And this book is only the beginning of a excellent series, so if you're looking to spend a good amount of hours reading something wonderful, then start with Heaven!

You can't help but feel bad for this poor girl since she is so mistreated by her father for something that was
I remember this book so well, I read it in 1988!!! I rated it 5 when I first joined Goodreads, 5 because of the impact the memories have had on me over the years... I remember loving this book, the entire series, so much. Having re-read this book now, my feelings have not changed. Reading it as an adult has been just as emotional as it was when I was so much younger.

Yes, with many others, I am ashamed to say I thrived on these books as a youngun, I passed a GCSE Exam on Oral English with Flowers
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This is one of the books in my yound adulthood that got me into reading so much. I remember being in middle school and reading this book. At the time this was very risque for my age (or so I thought) which made it a page turner for me.

There was a little bit of everything that kept me reading. There was love, sex (which I was curious of), family dilema and sadness all in 1. I felt very bad for Heaven and all the things she had to encounter as a young adult. Her childhood was a very sad one as we
I failed a Pharmacology test because of this book.Instead of studying for it,i chose to read this one the night before.Beautifully tragic.Heaven Leigh Casteel only wanted one thing,to show to the world that they are worthy of love and respect even though they're from the slums.She also had a curse.That of being Beautiful.Family drama overload.I did cry reading this one and i have to ask my friend(Ayen,who owned the book )if i could tear the page on where Heaven's dad sold them.(she said yes,by t ...more
Not a review.... but just wanted to say this was and probably still is after all these years (over 20) my favorite book/series ever. I still think about it, and even hear songs on the radio I think would make a great soundtrack if a movie were ever made. Am happy that they are remaking the Flowers in the Attic movie, but wish they would have considered this book...for all these years I've been hoping they would one day.
Heaven gave me inspiration at a tender age, and I felt like I "knew" this gi
V.J. Chambers
*laughs* Oh, man, V. C. Andrews....

So, this book was actually written by V. C. Andrews instead of the ghostwriter, and I gotta say that I used to think the ghostwriter was formualaic--but he ain't got nothing on good old Virgina Cleo.

This book is basically Flowers for the Attic/Petals in the Wind remixed with a southern backdrop. First of all, you've got the abandoned children. This time, they're not literally trapped in an attic, but they're trapped anyway, because they are poor, and they're co
This was the second and last V.C. Andrews I read. I became so disgusted with Kitty’s stupidity regarding her health. At age 13 or 14, I declared that I would chop off my breast(s) if that meant living.
Since then, I survived breast cancer twice, the second time actually receiving a double mastectomy. Not a day goes by that I don’t miss my girls, but I look into the beautiful faces of my children and know I have and will do almost anything to remain with them as long as possible.
Love me some VC Andrews (real VC, not ghost written ones).

Heaven is everything I remembered it to be. I first read it as a teenager and I recently picked it up in e-book... and devoured it in a day. Look at that cover. Amazing 1980s' covers! Seriously, people, we need a comeback with these covers. More wolves! Give me more wolves!!!

In typical, yet perfect, VC Andrews' style, we have a young girl, troubled upbringing, nasty father, even nastier adoptive mother, a little incestuous play, all wrapp
Before now I had only read the Casteel series once when I was about fourteen unlike the Dollangangers and even Audrina. Frankly I'd forgotten about it in that time and had only vague memories of a poor family in a shack, crazy step parents and a portrait doll. The only thing that truly stood out to me was that the middle name of the main character and the first name of her mother is the same as mine, even the spelling which for me is rare. I wasn't really looking forward to re-reading the series ...more
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