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Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger #2)
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 fault. Was it?
Cathy knew what to do. She knew it was time to show her mother and grandmother that the pain and terror of the attic could not be forgotten...S...more
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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.)
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
4 of 5 stars to Petals on the Wind, the 2nd novel in the "Dollanganger" series written in 1980 by V.C. Andrews. It all started with the attic in the first book, but it set a series of event that would have disastrous impacts for years to come. When you finished the first book, you thought there couldn't be anything more shocking in this family than two cousins falling in love and having children. You also thought there couldn't be a meaner mother or grandmother. But then... book t ...more
“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 ...more
-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 ...more
"How young we were the day we escaped. How exuberantly alive we should have felt to be freed, at las ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
We meet up once again with the Dresden Dolls right where we left them, heading south. Lil' sis Carrie gets sick on the bus and the other passengers are pissed at the kids because of the stink her vomit is producing. Never fear though, a nice olde ...more
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 ...more
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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 ...more