Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2)
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Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger #2)

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  29,167 ratings  ·  915 reviews
For Carrie, Chris and Cathy the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds.

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

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Paperback, 439 pages
Published April 3rd 1981 by Pocket (first published 1980)
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Neva
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Cassy
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...more
Laura
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
Sarah
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Deborah Markus
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...more
Michelle
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...more
Tiayra  Tucker
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...more
Samantha
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...more
Cicely
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
Trudy
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...more
Ann
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Robin
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???
Evie
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...more
Stephanie
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...more
Sarah
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...more
Dorothea
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MK~ Picky Girl
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...more
Rebecca
Siblings released from attic. Continue to shag.
Reacquainted with donuts.

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

*devours donut defiantly*
Shalon
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...more
travelmel
part two to the original guilty pleasure read really delivered the disturbing. Even looking at the cover brings me immediately back to my teens.

I'm stealing the following paragraph from another reviewer because it fits this so well:

QUOTE FROM JESSICA:
I can't (for me: shouldn't) rate these books, because giving a bad rating would be a lie -- I was crazy about them when I read them -- but giving them a good rating would be misleading because it would lead you to believe that they were good, and t...more
sj
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Rabbit {Go Go Power Rangers}
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Mel
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Katy
Okay, I know a lot of people love V.C. Andrews, and if that is you - hey, wonderful! I'm so happy you have found something to read that you enjoy! But these books? They were not for me.

I can deal with the incest and awkward sexuality in these books - I can even understand the whys and wherefores of it. I've read and highly enjoyed books that had incest in them. What really bothered me, and made me throw this book against the wall, was the two-dimensional characters and lack of character developm...more
Jay
Ahh, V.C. Andrews. The purplest prose of all purple prose.

Although I do, admittedly, like this book, there are a few points that I'm having trouble with.

1. Andrews has (had?) a tendency to leave rather important details out before getting back to them. Such as Cathy's wedding date to Julian, or the fact she found Cory's body. It'd be nice if it was mentioned during the time.

2. The last quarter is very rushed. I wonder if Andrews had initially meant for the book to another hundred of so pages lo...more
Daphne
Ok so if you have read this or are considering reading this book then you know the whole premise of this series is seriously F***ED UP! With that is behind us, let me say that this book was by far my favorite of the series. It has been 28 years since I read it and I can still remember most of it! I also remember reading it several times. I think a lot of how much you enjoy a book has to do with where you are at that part of your life and I was 15 so the book probably impacted me greater then tha...more
Gemma Adele
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Reyna Grande
I read this book as a teenager and I decided to re-read the series again for several reasons. I finished Flowers in the Attic a few days ago and I still liked it, the same way I did as a teen. But not this one.

Unlike Flowers in the Attic, which had a nice structure and a focused story, Petals in the Wind is too long and convoluted and it takes a very long time (until the last 1/4 of the book) to get back on track with the premise of the story--Cathy's revenge. I think the book suffered from an o...more
Cheryl
Re-reading these books. I can somewhat remember reading all of these books. Of course, I can not forget about Flowers in the Attic. So it was a great victory when Cathy, Christopher, and Carrie escaped their grandmother's attic. I was excited to join them on their journey to sunny Florida. That did not happen. They end up in South Carolina. I was actually kind of disappointed that they did not truly escape. I mean they did from their evil grandmother and mother but it seemed that the doctor that...more
♥ Marlene♥
Read this years ago. No decades ago. Back in the days this was a very interesting story. One that you hardly heard of back then. Now it is normal to capture young children and abuse them, there are tons of books you can buy on this subject but back in the days this was really quite exiting and you wanted to know more.


What I do recall is that even back then I did get annoyed sometimes by the writing so this is not a book I want to re read.
By he way I am disgusted by her family That they were so d...more
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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...more
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