Disturbingly Enticing, Guilty Pleasure, Book I wasn't supposed to read, Scandalous and Unforgettable.
Flowers in the Attic did something wonderful for...moreDisturbingly 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 again, he didn’t have to. We knew how most of the faculty viewed the series. I give it ten stars for keeping readers captivated back then; I couldn’t seem to put it down until it was finished. Today, I don’t think that I myself could re-read it. Twenty-five years later I can still remember the four main characters' and how I felt about each one. I got hooked on V.C. Andrews as a young teen and read the first three books of the series. After that, the storyline became too monotonous to continue. I'm still disturbed by the incest, but view it with a different eye than back then. I was haunted by this story though. As a teenager, it was pretty shocking yet exciting to think that an author would put themselves out there like that. And I gotta say, I wanted to poison the grandmother back then myself and watch her wither away in agony. A little morbid maybe, but then again, I got caught up in what I read. And isn’t that what the author wants to achieve, is for you to feel like you’re part of the book? So I’d say that was accomplished. Flowers in the Attic became my second “guilty pleasure” read when I was a teenager; the first being Virgins even though I didn’t read that one until high school. (less)