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(Hudson #1)

3.82  ·  Rating details ·  5,442 ratings  ·  111 reviews
Growing up in the ghettos of Washington, D.C., the cards are stacked against a hardworking dreamer like Rain Arnold. Rain has fought to be the best daughter she can: she studies hard and gets good grades; she helps her mother cook
Paperback, 448 pages
Published March 1st 2000 by Pocket Books (first published 2000)
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Rebecca McNutt
Jun 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Rain wasn't a book I'd really want to read again, but for a YA horror novel, it wasn't too bad and the characters were sort of interesting.
The FountainPenDiva, Old school geek chick and lover of teddy bears
Epic Fail Alert!!!

I admit it.

The only reason I purchased a copy of this book was to see how well a black lead character would fare in V.C. Andrews-land. I'll also admit that I'll be reading the next two as well. Yes, I'm a glutton for punishment.

I should have known better than to expect anything than trite stereotypes. Rain Arnold, hardworking black girl from the ghetto (Point of Fail #1: Why are all black people assumed to be from the ghetto? Didn't anyone ever watch The Cosby Show?) with a lo
Jan 22, 2009 rated it did not like it
Total sobbing shyte
Dec 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own
V.C. Andrews has this way of sucking a person in. I really didn't want to. As a teenager, I loved her. She talks about things that are so forbidden. Risque, even. But, this book was so uncomfortable. The evilness of teenagers shines bright. Pictures, gossip, sex, blackmail etc. The positives can't even take away the feeling the story left of... just yuckiness. But, it sucks you in. Damn you V.C. Andrews! You took my mind to the gutter with you starting at age 15!
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys V. C. Andrews books.
Recommended to Dawn by: I have read all the books by V. C. Andrews.
This is the first book in the Hudson series. I have read many of V. C. Andrews books over the years and this is one of the series I really enjoyed. My favorites by this author were The Dollanganger Family Series, The Casteel Family Series, The Cutler Family Series & The Landry Family Series. Some of the recent series that have been brought out since this author's death have been good, but not every book in a series were enjoyable. The Hudson Series was an exception. I enjoyed every book in t ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
The first V.C. Andrews series with a black main character. I read it only for that reason. At this time, I was 13 and my interest for V.C. Andrews books had already peaked and waned.
Mar 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: v-c-andrews

Die junge Rain Arnold wächst in einer Armensiedlung namens The Projects auf. Ihr Bruder Roy ist älter, ihre unbändige Schwester Beni jünger und ihr Vater ist ein Taugenichts. Allein ihre Mutter arbeitet Tag für Tag als Aushilfe im Supermarkt, um die Rechnungen bezahlen zu können. Eines Tages, als ihr Vater sich verplappert, erfährt sie, woher sie wirklich stammt: Aus einer reichen Familie, die die Schwangerschaft ihrer Tochter vertuschen wollte…


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Feb 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's been quite a few years since I read a V C Andrews book / series. I began long before I started my Goodreads account haha! I was 14 or 15 and I read Flowers in the Attic :-) I just completed Rain and I was reminded (all the way through it) why I loved V C Andrews so much and why I became a fan. You just can't put these books down. Easy to read, vivid details, addictive characters (you can love them or hate them) and you just have to know what happens next!! When I read Rain my bedtimes usual ...more
Well I loved this, I think it's a fairly well-thought out story and had a nice amount of drama.
May 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Gotta Love the Girl Named RAIN omg i love this book and i fall in love with every V.C. Andrews' books
Nov 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: family-saga, fiction, usa, ya
I read this book so many times when I was a teenager and loved it. I loved all the Virginia Andrews books back then. I have been finding that when I re-read them as an adult, I've not been enjoying them as much as I used to. This is not the case with Rain.

I started out a little skeptical and there are some times in the book where Rain gets herself into situations that are not her fault, but she doesn't learn from them. This seems out of character. For example, Roy touching her up in bed. Why do
Feb 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
I don’t like the way the author portrayed his characters in the novel. They were one dimensional and there were some character that I felt were pointless. The characters description from Rain’s perspective didn’t feel like it was coming from a teenager. It felt like he wasn’t invested in the novel. This story was OK, but it didn’t impress me. It drove me crazy reading about Rain acting dumb when she is a smart girl. There a lot of foreshadowing in the novel with every character telling Rain not ...more
Kim Smiley
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Nov 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Rain has never really felt like she’s had a home. The book ‘Rain’ by V.C. Andrews tells the reader about one teenage girl’s life and her problems she faces throughout the novel. I think the theme of this book is that money or being rich can’t give love or a place to call ‘home’. The reason why I felt this was the theme is because she was sent to a newer and safer home, but she didn’t want all that. Instead she would rather live in her old home in the ghettos where she grew up and was loved by pe
Chelsea Gouin
Sep 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: vc-andrews
And so I embark on yet another VC Andrews series. The Hudson series starts with Rain, a half African American girl living in the ghetto. I say half because that's emphasized throughout the novel. We have all the VCA stereotypes; rich vs. poor, blind trust, sibling love, detatched mother, family lies. So nothing really new there except we have a nice grandmother instead of an evil one. This was rather slow in the beginning that set up Rain's life in the ghetto with her adopted family but there wa ...more
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok
One of the first truly disappointing V.C. Andrews sagas to hit the shelves. While the early ghost written sagas were not perfect, they remained entertaining and entirely readable melodramas. In many ways Rain feels like a watered down (no pun intended) version of the first novel in V.C. Andrews Cutler series (also written by ghostwriter Andrew Neiderman).

In Rain, a young black girl discovers that she is adopted and that her biological mother is white and very wealthy. After the somewhat sensati
Ian King
Jan 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Well, what an emotional roller coaster.
I picked up this book just to have a glance at what it might be about and then found myself wanting to know it all.
An enjoyable read about a girl, Rain, who is raised in the ghettos and just about destroyed in the ghettos had it not been for her mama. Her mama had a secret and she was not one to lie, however she held this secret in place until her drunkard husband let it all out.
Rain had always thought she was a little different but didn't know any better.
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
After the decently-written Logan series, Andrew Neiderman wrote two mini-series (which were not awful, but not VCA-ish) and I was glad when he went back to writing a regular series. But I was disappointed. This was lacking in the same dark feel and mystery of the real VCA books as well as the three full series Mr. Neiderman wrote. (Granted, the Melody series was a bit different, but it was considerably better than the Rain series)

The problem wasn't that Rain was biracial or anything like that. T
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is my first V.C. Andrews book I have ever read. I will say I will definitely be reading more of her books. I went to high school with a bunch of girls that read her books, and I have owned some for awhile, I just never got into reading one til yesterday, and yes I read it in one day. It was a quick read, and for me it engaged me right from the start. The conflict and turmoil starts right at the beginning and continues throughout the book. I kept being left wondering, "What will happen next? ...more
Aug 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say I was pleased with this book overall. Neiderman did a good job at making the plot interesting and it made the reader want to keep on to see what happened next. Even though it was predictable, I still enjoyed the Andrews' theme, or the attempted reproduction of it, I just love books like these. Girl has a dramatic life, has dramatic encounters with guys who might or might not be related to her, cat fights, its just wonderful. I devour dramas, good or bad.
However, the characters are
Stephanie Tuell
Oct 08, 2007 rated it liked it
this is the first book in the hudson series. it's about how rain finds out the truth about her family. she is quickly moved from the poorest of neighborhoods to the richest. i am a fan of v.c. andrews, but not of this book. i find that the book doesn't prepare you for the rest of the series. there is alot of unneeded jibberish. like beni. what really is her point? she doesn't really have a need in the book. roy is pointless, but not as pointless as beni. i've decided not to read the rest of the ...more
Jun 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
Die junge Rain Arnold wächst in einer Armensiedlung namens The Projects auf. Ihr Bruder Roy ist älter, ihre unbändige Schwester Beni jünger und ihr Vater ist ein Taugenichts. Allein ihre Mutter arbeitet Tag für Tag als Aushilfe im Supermarkt, um die Rechnungen bezahlen zu können. Eines Tages, als ihr Vater sich verplappert, erfährt sie, woher sie wirklich stammt: Aus einer reichen Familie, die die Schwangerschaft ihrer Tochter vertuschen wollte…

It was a well done story and it took me to read all
Jul 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Okay let's admit it, most of VC Andrews' books are all similar. This particular story was, however, different but still the same. I wasn't sure how I would like the story considering the lead was a black young women and all of her leads are white young women. I didn't like that the story started off with her living in the ghetto, but I had to realize this is a VC Andrews Novel it's not going to be very happy. Overall I liked this book and I'm immediately going to get my hands on the rest of the ...more
Sep 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Rain is the story of a teenage black girl who lives in the ghetto of Washington, D.C., with her family. After a family tragedy occurs, Rain is shocked when she learns that her family isn't her real family. To save Rain from the harsh life in the city, her mother sends her back to her real family, who are white and rich (her black father was a man her mother had a fling with in college but his location is unknown). Rain must deal with having two families and learning the dark secrets of her famil ...more
Anne Marie
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Since I've read many VC Andrews novels, this first book in the Hudson series seems good, but predictable based on other novels by the same author. (Brother - sister relationships) I like the main character, Rain. She's a strong person based on her growing up in the bad part of town, but weak when it comes to boys, like Corbette (what kind of a boy's name is that?!). Now she's off to London to pursue a career in acting. It seems very similar to the main character in Flowers in the Attic pursuing ...more
May 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I honestly loved this book. Andrews did a fantastic job of portraying how horrible rain's life was in the Ghettos. Rain is an amazing character; she is just like her grandmother Hudson. I am inferring that if rain were a real person, I would be friends with her.

I like how Andrews wrote this book making sure to have cliff-hangers and shocking revelations throughout. It was very interesting and I cannot wait to read lightning strikes!
Angel **Book Junkie**
Jan 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
I love Rain and I love her story. This book is no where near as good as Flowers in the Attic but I have to say the entire series had its ups and downs. The first book in the story was great and I loved it the only problem I have with the book is what is up with the brothers falling in love with the sisters. If you lived your life as a brother then you should love someone as your sister not as something more. Strange .. Otherwise I love Rain!
Feb 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This book was really good! There were times when I couldn't put it down, I had to know what was going to happen to her. There were also times when I caught myself crying....that girl had a hard life. I'm reading the next Lightning Strikes, and on my way to the book store to get more books...after this one I will have no more!!
Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it
I felt for the little girl in this book. She went through hell in her life then to be told your parents aren't your real parents. Her life turned upside down. Her only mother that she knew dies and her real one can't take her because of stupid reasons. She makes it through a really tough begin hopefully everything works for her in the next book.
Sep 03, 2014 rated it it was ok
Rain has grown up in the ghetto and always been a hard worker. But one night her whole world comes crashing down when a long held secret comes out. Rain is sent to live with the very wealthy Hudson family. She doesn't fit in there so she finds herself drawn to the theater and that is where she feels safe and at home finally.
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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

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Hudson (5 books)
  • Gathering Clouds (Hudson, #.5)
  • Lightning Strikes (Hudson, #2)
  • Eye of the Storm (Hudson, #3)
  • The End of the Rainbow (Hudson, #4)
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