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Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1)

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Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn't that she didn't love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake--a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.

Just for a little whi
Paperback, 389 pages
Published 1979 by Pocket Books
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Lucy March Um, not till the end of the book, dear, that's kind of the point. It's called "Flowers In The Attic" not "Flowers On The Street"; the book about them…moreUm, not till the end of the book, dear, that's kind of the point. It's called "Flowers In The Attic" not "Flowers On The Street"; the book about them AFTER the attic is "Petals On The Wind".(less)
Jody I read these many years ago, but I really enjoyed them (think I was in my late teens/early twenties when I read them). You can definitely read this as…moreI read these many years ago, but I really enjoyed them (think I was in my late teens/early twenties when I read them). You can definitely read this as a stand-alone, it works. But if you enjoy it, I'd definitely recommend reading the sequels. I'd really recommend reading the prequel - I can't remember which one that was, Garden of Shadows, maybe? - as it gives a really good insight to the character of the grandmother.(less)
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Oct 12, 2007 Stephanie rated it liked it
Recommends it for: reluctant readers of the premenstrual persuasion
These days, I'm always hearing people opine, "Say what you want about Harry Potter, at least it's getting kids to read." Well, you could make a very good argument that Flowers in the Attic did the same thing for a generation of pre-teen girls. When I was 12, everybody was sneaking this novel under the covers or behind their math books. I remember a girl actually got in trouble for bringing it to free reading period in English class. Seemed a little hypocritical to me, since the whole idea of a f ...more
Apr 15, 2016 Alex added it
Recommends it for: perverts
I met a friend for drinks last night. She came up and took one glance at the back cover to this book and her eyes widened. "No," she breathed. "Seriously?" Of course she recognized it from the back. She read it around seventh grade. I read it around seventh grade. You read it around seventh grade. An entire generation has this lurking in our collective adolescence.

So that's why I re-read it. (Okay, that and I thought it was hilarious just to hold it up on the subway.) I wanted to know just how c
Clau R.
No sé qué pensar, sigo un poco en shock por todo lo que se revela al final (aunque varias cosas ya me las esperaba, CORRINE ES UNA MALDITA). Ughhh, lloré demasiado con este libro, pasaron cosas muy injustas y sobre todo muy trágicas. Al final yo estaba deseando venganza igual que Cathy, espero que esa mujer a la que llaman "momma" jamás sea feliz, pues no lo merece. Al inicio Corrine sólo me parecía débil y estúpida, pero su personaje fue cayendo más y más hasta que terminé odiándola con toda mi ...more
Jul 06, 2008 Kate rated it really liked it
If loving the Flowers In The Attic series is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
I read this book in grade school (maybe middle school) and I don't remember much except being in total awe that someone would write down such naughty things. I seem to remember a scene where the grandma walks in while they're having sex and they can't stop because they are so enraptured with the experience and I remember thinking damn! Sex must be awesome if it makes you lose your mind and not be able to control your senses. Note to any young person that may be reading this: sex is actually not ...more
Kristin Rose
Dec 03, 2013 Kristin Rose rated it it was amazing
I know, I know... this book is tawdry, it's tabloidy. It's the one book I secretly coveted and acquired in my tedious pre-pubescent soul-searching. I'd lay under the covers, flashlight in hand, knees up to make a psuedo-tent and I'd search... for the dirty parts. I knew there was something naughty between these pages, something to be whispered and giggled about later on with my girlfriends, something I didn't rightly understand.

I went back and read the entire Dollanganger series as an adult, and
Sep 20, 2007 Linnea rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: time wasters
I have this unfortunate penchant for ugly things; I buy ugly jewlery, I go out with slightly unatractive men, and I read books like this.

It's awful, and yet there is something about how awful it is that made me enjoy it. I have a relationship with VC Andrews that goes way back. In my junior high days these awful books were all the rage, along with body glitter and peel off nail polish. Reading this book again was like going back to a simpler time; a time when there were no bills, no laundry and
Apr 22, 2013 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Forbidden

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Whoa, what did I just read??

Freud would have a field day with this one...


So how is perfection decided?
Is it by looks?
Is it by choices?
Is it by God's standards?
Or perhaps by the human's opinions?

Do children pay for their parents' decisions?
Why should they?
And who in this motherf*cking universe is entitled to do just that?

So here's the deal.
I'm going to start with the mother of the story.
She gets the honors because she's really something.

So let me get this straight.
You decide, after the death of your husband and your childrens'father, to grab your kids and lead and
Feb 18, 2008 Y rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
admit it: everyone goes through a v.c. andrews phase, devouring every word of her ghost-written books and all the anguished incest-y desires that jump off the page in horridly written prose. if jerry springer and tyra banks ever had a lovechild and turned it into text, v.c. andrews books would be it.

that being said, i did enjoy the hell out of this book when i first read it, simply because it was so tawdry. im beginning to wonder when and if the hipsters will bring her back, and then it can be
Sep 03, 2007 Kristen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: No-one
I really hate this book. I also hate "Petals on The Wind", "If There Be Thorns" and "Seeds of Yesterday". I say this having just re-read each of the above 17 years after I first read them (they were heady stuff to a 12 year old), and I was appalled at the predictability of the plot, the characters, the obsession Virgina Andrews appeared to harbour for incestuous relationships.
I hate the fact that characters are so stereotypically physically stunning, but must shoulder a terrible tragic burden. I
Sh3lly ✨ Bring on the Weird ✨

If you haven't read this book by now, you either a) don't intend to, or b) have been imprisoned in an attic all your life. hehe

I read this way back when I was like 17 or 19 or something and liked it. What was I thinking?! This is GARBAGE. And it's not that the writing is garbage. The writing is actually pleasant in an accessible way. It keeps you reading and intrigued. Until nothing happens. And then nothing keeps on happening. One big thing will happen every 50 pages and t
Erin (Paperbackstash) *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Children are very wise intuitively; they know who loves them most, and who only pretends.”

It would be an understatement to say that I was a fan of V.C. Andrews growing up. I was an "uber-fan." My sister had these books on her bed when I was in the fourth grade, and I was fascinated by the covers, the way they opened to reveal these morbid looking family photos inside the cover, and of course I loved the movie made in 80s. Now I know the movie is horrid, although the score from Christopher Young
Oct 13, 2011 Sita rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, reviewed
I don't know why I read this...
Guess I was in a mood for something really disturbing...

So because there isn't much of a plot i'll give it to you, the book centers around 4 brothers and sisters – Chris, Cathy, Carrie and Cory. Carrie and Cory are twins. They all live a happy life with their parents. They are all blond and beautiful, but that all changes when their father is killed in a car crash. Their mother can't support the children, so she decides to pack them up and move in with her rich par
Oct 26, 2007 Anne-Marie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: back-in-the-day
I read Flowers in the Attic when I was 11 or 12 years old. I'm pretty sure the copy I had was borrowed from my BFF's older (and cooler) sister without her permission. This book was creepy and scary and erotic enough to make me feel rebellious. I knew that my parents would not want me to be reading about child abuse and incest (they wouldn't even let me watch Purple Rain on HBO, for Christ sakes!) so that made Flowers in the Attic all the more alluring. This was one of the first books of many tha ...more
Future-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮ Nynaeve ♥
This creepfest was absolutely rivetting.

I don't know how I missed reading this when I was younger, but wowser, thanks to the MacHalo Crew for putting it on my radar for taboo month!

All the adults in this need to die in a fiery pit of doom. Self centered, pretentious and pious to a fault I want them all to die, die, die!

This story is immensely readable, whilst being heartbreaking and horrible at the same time. Some of the things that happen in that attic.... Eeeep!

My stomach was actually upset w
Aug 15, 2007 Neva rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People who like weird crap
Oh, VC Andrews. I love how you've been dead for 20 years and somehow found the time to write 600 new books. This isn't one of those books, though. You actually wrote it! This is a magical tale of Cathy and her magical romance with her brother. Intrigued? Of course you are. It also features a money hungry mother, a crazy grandma who whips them and poisons them with arsenic, and a dead kid (died from ARSENIC poisoning! Who did THAT? Oh, right. It was the mother that poisoned them, not the grandma. ...more
Debbie Petersen
Apr 18, 2008 Debbie Petersen rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: absolute-drek
AWFUL! Juvenile writing, insane and unbelievable plot that includes a dead father, evil grandmother, murderous mother, kids forced to live in an attic, sex between siblings shown as "love"....ewww, ewww, ewww.

I actually could have sworn I read this book before 1979 but that was when it was published, so that must have been the year. All of my friends were reading it on the sly, probably for the shock value.

One interesting note--V C Andrews died 20 years ago, yet new books of hers continue to be
Mauoijenn ~ *Mouthy Jenn* ~
What can I say... *** (SPOILERS) ***
1. Scared the crap out of me.
2. I probably will never eat anything with powdered sugar on it again.
3. Incest is the best, or so they say.
4. I couldn't put it down!!!!!!
Jun 20, 2007 Carolanne rated it really liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Alexander Ayala
Que libro tan grotesco y emocionante. Realmente han pasado muchas cosas dentro de esta historia que movieron demasiado en mi. Enseñándome que a veces perder la esperanza no significa que no deje de existir.
The inspiration for reading this book came from David's stellar review from a few weeks ago. I know my own review of this book will not in any way compare.

Being of middle school age in the late 1980's it seemed like the reading type girls either read V.C. Andrews or Sweet Valley High, or maybe they were reading SVH in like sixth and seventh grade and they started on V.C. Andrews in eighth grade. I don't really remember, but I do remember seeing books from these two series in the hands of lots of
Okay, not able to do a full review at the moment...

I finished this book last night, and I can't get it out of my head. I know I want to read the second book, but I need a little time first.
There were some terrible things going on, but then around 90% I kinda lost it (view spoiler)

Now to the grandmoth
Nick Pageant
Yes, I read the entire series. No, I am not ashamed. I'm not rating them because I would have to rate them low because they're awful, but I loved them anyway. Wipe that judgy look off your face right now.
No. 200 on the BBC's Big Read

I find myself hovering between three and four stars on this one. I know I'm not supposed to like a book like this, I guess, but I do! In this classic (?) Gothic horror novel, we have, perhaps, one of the most famous incestuous relationships ever written. Not Sophocles incestuous, but incestuous nonetheless. Oh, and, while this is completely irrelevant, all I did while I read this book was hum Aerosmith's Toys in the Attic, so now I'm linking you to it.

Major spoilers
Denys L.H.
Sep 18, 2008 Denys L.H. rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone with an open-mind
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May 01, 2015 iska rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Leído para el 2015 Reading Challenge: #41. Libro de un autor nunca leído.

Primero que nada pensé que el libro iba sobre gays, y lo elegí porque hize el "timarin" porque tengo una larga lista de libros y quize intentar con el libro.

El libro en si es perturbador, desde el principio tuve muchas dudas, si me las respondieron con los capítulos que pasaban, pero no era como que me intrigaba mucho porque la autora hacía mucha descripción en cada capítulo y eso me aburria o me dejaba de interesar, creo q
JaHy☝Hold the Fairy Dust

review to come later.
Rhonea Williams-Dillard
Jan 05, 2014 Rhonea Williams-Dillard rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Generation X and Yers
Recommended to Rhonea by: Troll Book Club
I can see from a great deal of the reviews that many of the reviewers are around my age (Generation X-ers). Somewhere between Michael Jackson, who was child-like but grabbed his crouch and made faces as if he was in the throes of passion, hot, plastic jelly shoes, biker shorts, big shirts, shoulder pads, breakdancing and Dynasty was this wonderfully awful book. We liked it because Cathy was us. Victimized, misunderstood, niave, hormonal . . . us.
We were disturbed by the incest but somewhere und
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In the beginning, all is sunshine and lollipops for the Dollanganger family...until tragedy strikes and happiness turns into a living nightmare for four young children who end up behind locked doors living as fugitives in a world that no longer wants them.

With unannounced visits of terror from the abusive witch-grandmother, the children rely on each other for education, comfort and bits of joy until unexpected secrets and lies are ult

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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
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