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
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
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
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
-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
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
"How young we were the day we escaped. How exuberantly alive we should have felt to be freed, at las...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
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...
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
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'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
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
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
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
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
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