Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
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Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1)

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  77,895 ratings  ·  3,780 reviews
The four Dollanganger children had such perfect lives -- a beautiful mother, a doting father, a lovely home. Then Daddy was killed in a car accident, and Momma could no longer support the family. So she began writing letters to her parents, her millionaire parents, whom the children had never heard of before.


Momma tells the children all about their rich grandparents, and h...more
Hardcover, 411 pages
Published November 15th 1979 by Simon and Schuster (first published 1979)
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Stephanie
Oct 12, 2007 Stephanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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
Alex
Jan 22, 2014 Alex added it  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Malbadeen
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
Kate
If loving the Flowers In The Attic series is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
Kristin
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...more
Linnea
Sep 20, 2007 Linnea rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Soraya
My first heartbreaking story of this year was definitely Flowers in the attic.
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Four beautiful children are being held captive for years by their own mother and grandmother in the attic of their grandparents mansion.

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Indeed, by their own mother. Two people in this story infuriated me. The mother and the grandmother........

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These women are unbelievable! One of the most despised characters I have ever come across is their mother. After her husband dies, she's lef...more
Marina


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 l...more
Yumi
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...more
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...more
Anne-Marie
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
Alex

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Whoa, what did I just read??

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

Carolanne
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Greg
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...more
Kristen
Sep 03, 2007 Kristen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Neva
Aug 15, 2007 Neva rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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
Rhonea Williams-Dillard
Jan 05, 2014 Rhonea Williams-Dillard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Denys L.H.
Sep 18, 2008 Denys L.H. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone with an open-mind
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Christy
Okay, not able to do a full review at the moment...
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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)
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Now to the grandmoth...more
Bex
May 18, 2008 Bex rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
Debbie Petersen
Apr 18, 2008 Debbie Petersen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition 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...more
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...more
Lisa
I decided to review this book before I started to read "Forbidden" by Tabitha Suzuma. Mainly because it sounds like there will be similarities. Also because I adore this book and hope that people who haven't heard of it might give it a chance!

Okay, so I first read this when I was 10 or 11 years old. Since that first time, I've re-read it more than any other book. I'm sure I've read it once every year or two. Oddly, it became a comfort read, a book I'd grab when I was sick or wanted something fam...more
Stephanee
I cannot rate this book. I really can't say whether I loved it or hated it. So I'd have to give it a 3 for being right in the middle, but that really doesn't describe it either.

I read it in 7th grade, and I remember not being able to stop reading it. This book was a train wreck with lots of carnage. So awfully horrible and yet at the same time completely fascinating. And then you feel guilty for being so absorbed in something so terrible. I ended up reading the whole series, plus a few other vc...more
Becky
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...more
Crystal
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...more
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...more
Liam
Mar 28, 2010 Liam rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Liam by: Arwen B.
Shelves: fiction
When I was in the fifth grade, the "advanced" reading class was really small, and was divided into two groups- the boys' group and the girls' group. Because I didn't get along with the other boys, and kept getting in fights, I was moved (after being sent to the vice-principal's office several times for fighting & cursing)to the girls' reading group. That was perfectly fine with me for a couple of reasons: for starters, I preferred the company of women even then; an added bonus was that the...more
Tori
May 04, 2008 Tori rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: People who dig stories with incestuous nuances
Recommended to Tori by: My middle school best friend
Shelves: horror
I think this was a staple "taboo" book for middle school girls in the late 80s. If I could give less than one star, I would. I read it because all of my little friends were reading it. Then, I had to watch the movie over and over at various slumber parties because everyone (except me) was morbidly fascinated with the weird incestuous stuff that went on in both.

I didn't just dislike the movie and the book, by the way. I hated them. With a passion. The book was dumb and had little substance. The...more
Joana
This story is just so heartbreaking and twisted, that it'll make you infuriated to no end.

But things first, let's crack up with the review, shall we?

The Dollanganger's are the portrait of the perfect and loving family. They have 4 children, 15 years old Chris, 12 years old Cathy, and 4 years old twins Cory and Cassie.

It all came crushing down with the unexpected death of their father. The mother says that now she doesn't have means to support the family, she have to go to her parents(that are ve...more
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