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 forgott...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 me –...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
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
When Dollangangers were living in the attic they were sort of likable, even incest could've been justified by the fact they've been locked together in one room for years and had to live through very desperate times.
Now as they've escaped you can really see how much they have been destroyed. How...more
In this book the thing that I didn't like as much about it was that the time of how they grew up went really quickly. Also one of my used to be favorite characters turned very vain and seductive for most of the book, so that was a big disappointment.
The rest of this review contains spoilers, so if you don't want me to spoil the book for you then DON'T READ THE REST OF THIS REVIEW!!!!!!
THe book was a...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
This book has none of that. It is a long...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
I originally read the full Dollanganger series when I was a young teenager, and loved every word. Now, at 26, I've attempted to reread the series. Emphasis on 'attempted'.
Flowers wasn't too bad, but Petals is severely testing my patience - after 10 years of critical reading for various English Lit classes, the overuse of exclamation marks, along with the painfully self-indulgent narrative, I believe I would have more fun bashing my...more
“Petals on the Wind”
Petals on the Wind is the continuation of Flowers in the Attic. Cathy and her siblings finally escape Foxworth Hall and their evil grandmother. They ride a bus to Florida but, their younger sister Carrie is still very weak from the arsenic poisoning and gets really sick on the bus ride. Everyone on the bus is mean and getting impatient with her vomiting on the bus. A really nice “mute” lady approaches them, her name is Henny. She writes down on a...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
Ok. Um. What the fuck?
LIke...WTF VC ANDREWS!? What kind of fucked up childhood did you have?
Cathy becomes absolutely DETESTABLE in this book. I literally hate Cathy and everything she represents. Add pedophilia to the list of freaky shit that VC Andrews likes to include in her novels. I was even MORE disgusted by the Paul/Cathy relationship th...more
Now they have a guardian and after a while...things seem to change. And as they all grow...Cathy finds herself looking at her new guardian with...more
This story picks up where flowers in the attic left off. The story is still told from the perspective of Catherine, the eldest Dollanganger daughter, and details Catherine's career a...more
The Plot: The book picks up immediately where the last one ended, with the siblings on a bus to join the circus down South. Things take a turn however, when they are blessed with the good fortune of being provided for by a mysterious benefactor. Cathy and Chris both continue the pursuit of their dr...more
I don’t remember my mother ever having a problem with me reading these books, in fact, I’m sure she must have purchased them for me. As long as I was reading, she was fine with it. I don’t however remember them being quite as scandalous...more