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Preview — Heaven by V.C. Andrews
Heaven (Casteel #1)
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...more
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, ...more
It's been a looong time since I last read Heaven, and I was expecting all ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
You can't help but feel bad for this poor girl since she is so mistreated by her father for something that was ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
Heaven gave me inspiration at a tender age, and I felt like I "knew" this gi ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...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