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Dawn (Cutler #1)

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  14,087 Ratings  ·  255 Reviews
In her fine new Virginia school, Dawn Longchamp feels happy and safe. But nothing is what it seems...

Now Dawn and her older brother Jimmy have a chance for a decent, respectable life, and Dawn's
secret, precious hope to study singing can come true. Philip Cutler, the handsomest boy in school, sets Dawn's heart on fire. She is deeply devoted to her brooding brother; but with

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Published January 28th 2003 by ISIS Audio Books (first published November 1st 1990)
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Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: pretty-good
I noticed V. C. Andrews' books seem to all follow the same pattern: rags to riches storyline, woman on woman hating, incest, beautiful main characters, a grand manor or two, wicked older women (usually a grandmother), Queen Bitch mean girls, school dramas and boy dramas.

So basically, reading Dawn is pretty much like reading Dark Angel and Flowers in the Attic all over again.

Argh, why am I still coming back for more?

And why must the heroine keep suffering and suffering and suffering throughout th
May 13, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers
I keep wondering why in the world V.C. Andrews books are so popular, and I keep wondering why I buy them at garage sales, and then I finish one and realize they are such campy trash and I love them.

"Dawn" is no exception. Even though this was one of the books ghostwritten after Andrews' death, it follows the same basic elements of any classic Andrews novel: Innocent fair-haired protagonist, rags to riches story, incredibly talented and attractive youths, evil old woman, and a whole lotta incest.
This whole series could be great. It has all the elements: mystery, deceit, betrayal. Unfortunately, it was written by Andrew Neiderman, the person Andrews' family chose to continue her legacy. Why they chose a man, particularly this man, is beyond me. The writing is terrible. The dialog is unbelievable and idiotic and makes all the characters (especially Dawn) appear incredibly stupid. Just very bad.
Nehodnotím. Nevím totiž jak. Kniha to byla čtivá, ale sem tam jsem se fakt smála tomu, co autorka vyplodila. :D Nejvíc výstižné pro tenhle příběh je slovo INCEST. Jako fakt. Ale jestliže se do toho pustíte, tak se nenechte ze začátku zmást. Počkejte si, ono to přijde. :D
Feb 09, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, own
This book is in my favorites section and I feel the need to explain... it's more for sentimental value not actually the greatness of the writing.

In 7th grade while all my friends were into the Sweet Valley High books, I was devouring the world of V.C. Andrews. It’s something about the lonely, outcast, but talented orphan, finding her "real" family which happens to ridiculously rich. Of course her real family treats her horribly because of the "secret scandal" which expunged her from the family i
Megs ♥
Oct 13, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, z-2011-reads
This was my favorite book when I was 15. I remember a friend giving me this book, and how our parents let us read it honestly having no clue of the content. My friend and I would sit on the phone for hours laughing at the authors use of the word "hardness"..Yes we were that mature!

Recently I reread it and sadly the book didn't stand the test of time. I can reread Flowers in The Attic over and over again, but somehow I just can't read 90% of the books done by Andrews' ghost writer.

As far as Dawn
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Jenna Major
Honestly if you love the drama and gossip this series is for you. I read this series when I was 14 and boy did it change my views on a lot of things. I don't even know what to rate this book to be honest because I read them so long ago. The plot goes way past anything you would imagine, full of secrets, betrayals, deaths, illness, incest, poor, rich, love, rape, torture, pregnancy, business, friends LITERALLY EVERYTHING GUYS, THIS SERIES HAS GOT IT. This series really kept me spi
M Strawberry Reviews
After VC Andrews died, it was left to Andrew Neiderman to finish the four books she had started but did not finish. After he did so, he wrote this book. It is supposed to have been based off notes and outlines left by VC before her untimely death. I know that some people were unhappy with Neiderman for this book and series, but I feel that the Cutler series reflected Neiderman's best efforts. It's clear that he put a lot of effort into this series as compared to his later works... which consist ...more
I usually enjoy Andrew Neiderman VC Andrews, and this was no different: I flipped through this in a day and it was fun.

I know 1 star is harsh, but it was so obvious he wasn't even trying. There wasn't enough fucked-up-shit for it to be amusing, and it was so cliched and juvenile that it felt like Sweet Valley High without all the craziness that makes VC Andrews interesting.

I'll be completely honest, from what I've read, Andrew Neiderman is a competent writer. He's no literary genius, but I can
I don't know why I ever try to read serious books. It should be all V.C. Andrews, all the time. It's like watching an episode of Maury Povich or Jerry Springer, only better because you're reading it and improving your mind at the same time!

Dawn is exactly like Heaven (from V.C. Andrews' Casteel series) except she's blonde instead of brunette and lives in Richmond, Virginia instead of the West Virginia mountains. Everything else the same -- dirt-poor upbringing, secret wealthy parents, mean girls
Dawn Campbell
Jun 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My sister had a box of books in her closet and the only reason I picked this up is because my name was the title! Little did I know what I was about to get myself into! All of V.C. Andrews' books (be it the ones she wrote or the ghost writers after her) are quite interesting. As soon as I finished this book, I was hooked on all her others. I've fallen off the wagon the past year or two, but I hope to catch up to them all.
Nov 14, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think in my pre-teen years I read all the VC Andrews books with my best-friend Trish at my side. love you trish!
Nov 16, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People with serious problems
Dawn is probably the worst book VC Andrews never wrote. It's the story of an impoverished vagabond who lives in Virginia with her parents and brother and sister. Her father gets a job as a janitor at a fancy private school, and Dawn and her brother Jimmy can go for free. Surprise, surprise, it's full of snobs and they hate Dawn and her brother. Everyone except a totally hot dude! I never realized while reading this in middle school how fast Dawn's romance with Philip progresses - they eat peanut ...more
Nov 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Another book I found in an old pile from high school. Ugh, I can't believe adults let me read these. While I don't remember VC Andrews books as graphic, they were full of incestuous brother-sister relationships.

Why did anyone read these? And there are about a million different VC Andrews series. Sadly, I owned several. In hardback. They might have been gifts! I packed them off to Goodwill, as I can't toss (or burn, ha) even bad, bad books.
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, thriller

I do not recommend this series unless you enjoy soap operas and you’re most recent favourite show just got cancelled, and maybe then you will find this to your liking.
Oct 27, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
reading this book made me feel mature and i tried imagining myself into the situations...that was a great deal...hats off to V.C.Andrews...and especially to Dawn..!!
Andi Clarke
Jan 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great series
Dec 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
V.C Andrews never disappoints.
Jess Swann
Une nouvelle saga qui, comme toujours, déracine l'héroïne, Aurore. La jeune fille découvre alors que ceux qu'elle pensait être sa famille ne le sont en fait pas. En même temps, vu comment son "frère" la regarde ça vaut mieux ( erf, le fait de vivre dans une telle promiscuité n'aide pas...) . Bon, la bonne nouvelle, c'est que la famille d'Aurore est riche. La mauvaise c'est que son petit ami est en fait son frère.. Ce qui, comme vous pouvez l'imaginer risque de poser un tas de problèmes... Sans c ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Dawn is just another Flowers in the Attic, using too-close-for-comfort brother/sister relationships as perverse shock value which, after reading a number of VC Andrews' books, gets really repetitive and annoying. Her books always have a prissy rich family full of dysfunction, and some sort of weird possible incest...
Jaime (Curious Kindle Reader)

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Ok – so I’m wandering around a second hand book store that’s so jammed packed from floor to ceiling that I can barely breathe through the dust/musty goodness. Because this is my favorite thing about old bookstores – getting lost in the stacks. But then, I come across a book shelf COVERED in nothing but VC Andrews books – which sends me back so fast to my adolescence I
Kaitlyn Rose
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vc-andrews
these books never get old, even though they all have the same sort of story line. I loved this story, it's one of my favorite series.
Molli Moran
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Cherrey Mae
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
V.C. Andrews (ghostwriters) wrote sick plots but we knew these things do happen to real people. I don't know how I could even make sense about these worlds the author makes. They were revolting, mind-boggling but the intrigue just made you read the books some more.

I remember that I wanted to complete the books in this series but I still haven't gotten around to it yet. That's like almost a decade of procrastination.
Aug 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: v-c-andrews
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Kim Smiley
Jun 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fucked-up

Well, this was no Flowers In The Attic and certainly didn't impact me much like FITA did but it was still enjoyable. This is a solid effort from the Ghostwriter--the plot intrigued me and I was desperate to get my hands on this, so when I finally got around to reading it, I was impressed, until I started to notice that the GW stole some of the writing from FITA, it angered me, it made me think bitterly about him again. His lack of creativity and use of plagiarism disgusting me. But t
Feb 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There are definitely parts of this book that are more than a little creepy but I love the twists and turns.
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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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