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Petals on the Wind

(Dollanganger #2)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  53,907 ratings  ·  2,210 reviews
They were such brave children to withstand such suffering. Such clever children to escape such terror!

For Carrie, Chris and Cathy, the attic was a dark horror that would not leave their minds, even while they built bright, promising new lives. 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 fa
Mass Market Paperback, 439 pages
Published 1998 by Pocket Books (first published November 10th 1980)
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Charlie I read it when I was 13 or 14. It's a perfect teen novel!
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Deborah Markus
May 13, 2014 rated it it was ok
Holy guacamole.

I gave four stars to Flowers in the Attic, because apparently I'm shallow and weird. So it was kind of a relief to find myself thinking "This is OFFENSIVELY bad" on a regular basis as I read the sequel. (It only earns two stars because of the ending -- see below.)

How offensive?

Let's see. The kids from Flowers have managed to run away from the attic they were trapped in for so many years. They're on a bus (destination: Anywhere But Here) when their little sister Carrie becomes viol
Claudia Ramírez

JUST... what!?

I can't even...

My summary of this book is: WTF, Cathy?!

I mean, I liked it and I'll definitely finish this saga, for I am too invested, but I don't know, this book is just TOO MUCH.
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
This was the worst best.

This was a clusterfuck. It's like the most dramatic and ridiculous soap opera ever created. It's truly amazing how much fuckery is in this book. I just. I can't even explain all the crazy. It's addictive. I could barely put it down.

However it was a lot slower, longer and didn't have the crazy sexual tension like the first one. Cathy is very free with her love in this. Are you a male? She's in love with you, then. Are you a male that treats her like garbage? You're top of
Sep 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
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4 of 5 stars to Petals on the Wind, the 2nd novel in the "Dollanganger" series written in 1980 by V.C. Andrews. It all started with the attic in the first book, but it set a series of event that would have disastrous impacts for years to come. When you finished the first book, you thought there couldn't be anything more shocking in this family than two cousins falling in love and having children. You also thought there couldn't be a meaner mother or grandmother. But then..
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What an outstanding sequel this is! Gone are the days of the claustrophobic attic and it seems that the Dollanganger kids can now FINALLY live out their lives in the big glorious world. But of course, our heroine is plagued by hatred for her wretched mother and here is a prime moralistic example of why grudges are destructive and so very anti-life. And not only that, but the revenge aspect in "Petals" is the true ghost in this "horror"ish dish, made all the more delicious by an outstanding write ...more
Feb 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
After a memorable first novel in the series, I found myself wanting to know more about these Dollangangers, particularly after they escaped their prison-like situation in the attic. Fuelled with anger, determination, and hopes of rectifying all the wrongs done to them by a sadistic grandmother and a greedy mother, the children flee for safer environs as they plot their revenge. After escaping from the attic, Chris, Cathy, and Carrie find themselves heading South, in hopes of making it to Florida ...more
Jun 21, 2009 rated it really liked it
I cringe to think how much V. C. Andrews I read in middle school. And honestly, once you have read one of her series, you have read them all. Mix together incest, rape, car accident, evil grandmother, dismissive mother, missing father. And voila! You have her latest series.

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
Feb 12, 2012 rated it it was ok
UGGGGHHHH, Cathy. Cathy is so terrible and manages to drag down this entire book. Almost the entire Flowers in the Attic awesomeness. Does anybody else remember her being this awful?

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
This book is the worst I've ever read - although I never read the Twilight or 50 Shades books. Still I highly recommend you read this. It's that terrible. Like when you smell something bad & want others to smell it.

I found myself hysterically laughing while explaining the plot to my husband. So there's that. It's definitely entertaining.. So bad it's good. Like Showgirls!

I recently re-read FitA, which is one of my favorite books of all time. So I read this again too, for the first time since I
Jun 05, 2008 added it
I wanted to claw my eyes out while reading this book. It was so horrible, and yet I had to finish it because I can never leave a book unfinished. It was difficult and painful. Every chapter was redundant. Cathy and the men that LOVE her, Cathy and her long golden hair, Cathy and her plies and "supple" leg muscles. Cathy talks for 400-something pages about the revenge she is going to get on her mother...and she has all of these random run-ins with her and doesn't do anything. The revenge she fina ...more
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-loved
Wow what a fabulous book Petals On The wind was I adored every minute I had seen the movie Flowers In The Attic then read the book but always wondered what happened to Chris Cathy & Carrie?
It was a dark read for me but enjoyable & easy, I thought the characters were well written the plot was well thought out & it didn't miss a beat.

I wont give a huge review as there was so much in this to write all I can say is that Cathy was a very promiscuous girl who wanted revenge no matter what on her mothe
Second in the series this book picks up immediately after the ending of Flowers in the Attic and its wild!

This series is a real product of its time, its bursting with drama and damsels in distress and anything taboo is thrown into these pages and i'm here for it!

Cathy is the most annoying character and everything is from her perspective but I can appreciate a book written in 1980 of a girl in her late teens with wild hormones exploring and craving sexual partners without a single sentence of s
Jul 16, 2009 rated it did not like it
Mothers do not let your daughters read this book! I remember being so enthralled by it as a teen, that I just had to give it a read as an adult. Turns out it's AWFUL! HORRIBLE! DISGUSTING! What do young girls learn from this book? Well, apparently it's okay to be raped as long as you love the person raping you, or at least can live with them long enough to learn to love them. (Seriously, Cathy is raped THREE TIMES in this series, by three different men! One of whom is her BROTHER! And she has re ...more
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*

“Little girls get hurt when they play grown-up games.”

V.C. Andrews original books (pre-ghostwriter) could do tragic like no one else. Even after taking the children out of the attic, she still retained that distinctive and haunting tone that worked in the original. While Flowers in the Attic is the better novel, Petals on the Wind is definitely a worthy follow-up.

Cathy is again the lead, bent on revenge and not letting the past go. The author doesn't shy away from the intensity of her weird r
Rebecca McNutt
Petals on the Wind is the sequel to Flowers in the Attic, a book I read and reviewed recently. While Flowers in the Attic was disturbing and unsettling with its subject of incest and child abuse, it was well-written with its poetic prose and engaging characters. In contrast, I wouldn't say that Petals on the Wind is badly-written or inconsistent, but it has a much more sensationalist approach to its taboo subject matter, its main character becomes more morally ambiguous, and the story is sort of ...more
Jul 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
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Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was ok
What I liked:
-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
Cait S
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
You know what? I love guilty pleasure, messed up all to hell and back books as much as the next girl. Your mother locked you in an attic and now you're boning your brother? Rad. I'm in. Flowers in the Attic wasn't necessarily a good book, but it was interesting. Things happened. People died. Unfortunate sex was had. I was entertained.

I just finished Petals on the Wind and the only thing I can think is: Nope. I wasted days on this and nope. Cathy has to be the single most unbearable fictional cha
Mar 30, 2017 rated it really liked it

I made a V. C. Andrews' meme jpg last year!


I'd just finished watching the Lifetime movie version of Petals on the Wind and I'm loving every moment of it despite the cheesiness and stuff. And I need to say it again here: I LOVE THE MOVIE VERSION OF GRANDMA OLIVIA! Although she is such a bitch to the children!

Anyway, I can't wait to get my hands on the novel!

My thoughts after reading

I finished reading the Chinese translation of this book yest
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
After Flowers in the attic, I couldn't stop myself from reading this book. I had to read it, never knew there was a part 2 and more. I liked it, but sometimes I was disappointed. I didn't like the endless sex scenes and sex hunkering. Not everything in life revolves around sex lol! The rest of the book was great and it had a good story. I am glad I could read after so many years. So it will get 4 points. I can't wait to start part 3.

May 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Times Magazine called Petals on the Wind "an artfully twisted modern fairytale" and it's hard to disagree with that statement. Dark, shocking and spellbinding, it's a fabulous tale of forbidden love, lust, abandonment, abuse and revenge - the last one being the leading theme of this volume of Dollanganger series. I won't even try to deny it, I'm completely addicted to this insane little saga!

"How young we were the day we escaped. How exuberantly alive we should have felt to be freed, at las
Mar 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Shalon Lippert
Dec 18, 2013 rated it it was ok
This book is deliciously awful. I hated every moment of the purple prose and outrageously absurd dialogue. The "love" scenes were disgusting and completely unsatisfying. Cathy's story reads like some twisted Mary Sue.

And yet. I could not put it down. In the back of my mind, as I read on, I wanted to shake my fist at God for placing such a damnable book on earth! Oh! How I hated Cathy, who harbored spite in her soul like some packrat hiding strings and bits of plastic trash and scraps of bread an
MK~ Picky Girl
Jan 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: taboo-topic
DNF the audiobook version of this at 65% This one was way too over the top for me.

Flowers in the Attic, the first in the Dollanganger series, was a guilty pleasure. It was a fun, deliciously wicked tale that kept me listening for hours at a time. I was expecting more of a dark, sordid tale from the next book in the series. Unfortunately, Petals on the Wind failed miserably. The plot line was insane.

It felt like I was reading a bad version of a cheesy 80s daytime soap opera...

Cathy frustrate
May 26, 2008 rated it really liked it
My books are tattered and dog eared... I couldn't put these books down when I was in high school. Read the whole series twice. Which says alot at a time in most teenagers lives when they are repulsed by reading anything that isn't required by school.

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
Jul 09, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am crazy psyched because I had no idea that there were 3 more of these wacko books, so I am going to go find the next one asap.

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
Dec 28, 2009 rated it liked it
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Nov 03, 2007 rated it liked it
I'm going to copy and paste this to all of them!!!! I feel like I have to justify this and all of the other V. C. Andrews books on my list!! I read these when I was young and loved them! My sister and I poured through them- they were obviously trashy for our age (probably the appeal) but mom let us read ANYTHING- as long as we were readung she was ok with it! And that paied off- because both my sister and I still read for pleasure daily. You can't beat it! Hey- and why be a book snob???
Jul 30, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Siblings released from attic. Continue to shag.
Reacquainted with donuts.

*puts fingers in ears and lalalas at anti-donut propaganda*

*devours donut defiantly*
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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 who

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Dollanganger (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
  • If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3)
  • Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4)
  • Garden of Shadows (Dollanganger, #5)
  • Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (Dollanganger #6)
  • Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger (Dollanganger #7)
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  • Out of the Attic
  • Shadows of Foxworth (Dollanganger, #11)

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