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Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1)

3.76 of 5 stars 3.76  ·  rating details  ·  97,961 ratings  ·  4,705 reviews
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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Oct 12, 2007 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
May 31, 2014 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. In an informal poll, most of Goodreads has this thing 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 w
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
If loving the Flowers In The Attic series is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
Kristin Rose
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 2 of 5 stars
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

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

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Whoa, what did I just read??

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

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 1 of 5 stars
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
Sita Sargeant
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
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
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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
Debbie Petersen
Apr 18, 2008 Debbie Petersen rated it 1 of 5 stars
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
Aug 15, 2007 Neva rated it 5 of 5 stars
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
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!!!!!!
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
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
Denys L.H.
Sep 18, 2008 Denys L.H. rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone with an open-mind
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Rhonea Williams-Dillard
Jan 05, 2014 Rhonea Williams-Dillard rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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.
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review to come later.
Apr 12, 2015 Magdalena marked it as to-be-read-scribd
I have seen the movie from 1987 (years ago, not a good movie btw) and this seems to be a book that many have read and since it is available to read on Scribd will I perhaps read it one day even though the story is a bit...icky!

Beth Dufraine
Disturbingly Enticing, Guilty Pleasure, Book I wasn't supposed to read, Scandalous and Unforgettable.

Flowers in the Attic did something wonderful for my generation of pre-teen girls. It allowed us to explore our sexuality. When I was 12, everybody seemed to be sneaking this novel under the covers or behind their school books. I remember a girl brought it out during our free reading period in English class and received some not so nice looks from the teacher. He didn’t say anything, but then agai
Okay I have to say a big EWWWW to start with! I never read this when I was younger, as many of my friends did so I felt left out and gave it a try. I was prewarned about the incest, but I have to say that this book surpassed what I expected. I am very surprised that most teenage girls read this and find it erotic! Maybe the forbidden thing plays in, but oh my this book is filled with ickyness!
The story in a nutshell is a horrible mother takes her 4 children to live with her parents after the dea
May 18, 2008 Bex rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People who read it in the 1980s
I have no perspective on this book. I can't separate it from my teenage self.

For the first 200 pages I was amused to be re-reading a book I had loved as a teenager. I LOVED this book in the 1980s, and I'm guessing that had something to do with the titillating subject matter but it might also have been because I was desperate to get away from my hometown and start my life and there is a theme of isolation and a desperation to get out into the world and be free. It's a theme lots of teens could r
Confession: I was a child of the 80s and I never read a single V.C. Andrews book. Not one. I wasn't limited in my reading material, but it just never crossed paths with me, I guess. Maybe if I had read them when I was a pre-teen I would have liked it a little better. As it was, I thought it was OK.

It's funny, because anytime I'd hear mention of this book, there would be The Hush, and the whispered "...Incest...", and the Look, the one that commiserates about how much of a rebel they are for rea
Diane ϟ [ Lestrange ]
A whole new world was opened to me with this book; its shockingly disturbing, awesomely trashy and completly madness with all the incest.

The whole incest topic caught my attention because I've never read a book that dealt with incest before. And as a teenager, its sort of overwhelming with the subject matter- the incest, child murder by there dearest mother, emotional abuse- that is so appalling.
The plot itself is really amazing but the book isnt well written.
This book made me feel literally sic
Deborah Markus
Apparently, this is the year I reread all the books that enthralled me as a kid. I wasn’t setting out to do that, but it’s a fun ride, so I’ll go along with it.

I didn’t expect this one to hold up too well. I mean, come on. It was the Twilight of its time. Everyone was reading this. Teenagers, suburban moms, little old ladies – this was the book in everyone’s hands. You could start a conversation about Flowers in the Attic with a total stranger and, provided she was female and over the age of fiv
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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
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