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Flowers in the Attic

(Dollanganger #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  143,440 ratings  ·  7,353 reviews
Such wonderful children. Such a beautiful mother. Such a lovely house. Such endless terror!

It wasn't that she didn't love her children. She did. But there was a fortune at stake—a fortune that would assure their later happiness if she could keep the children a secret from her dying father.

So she and her mother hid her darlings away in an unused attic.
Paperback, 389 pages
Published 1979 by Pocket Books
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Abby-Rose Margarida Sparrow Well, I'd recommend at least reading Petals On The Wind after Flowers In The Attic since it picks up pretty much exactly where the end of Flowers…moreWell, I'd recommend at least reading Petals On The Wind after Flowers In The Attic since it picks up pretty much exactly where the end of Flowers leaves off. It also wraps up the Cory and Carrie storyline. After that you can take or leave the rest, I think. (less)

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Sep 27, 2007 rated it liked it
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 free reading ...more
Apr 15, 2016 added it
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. An entire generation has this 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 wanted to kno
Jul 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
If loving the Flowers In The Attic series is wrong, then I don't want to be right.
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
Jul 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
No wonder this was so controversial. It has not diminished in shock factor, I'll tell you that! It's more risque even than "The Thorn Birds"! Quintessential page-turner.

Cannot wait to continue reading about these freaks that are the Dollangangers!!
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Have loved this book since I was a little kid!

Mel 🖤🐾🐺
Petal X Planet
What I call a Jerry type of book. Jerry Springer in the US. Jeremy Kyle in the UK. Sleazy incest stories where privacy has been exchanged for fame. The book has much more of an icky cringe factor than Jerry or Jeremy, where the salacious details are part of the entertainment of fifteen minutes of the tackiest, loudest and most violent people on tv.

I went through a Flowers in the Attic phase years ago, lots of people did, a guilty, guilty pleasure. I've gone through a Jeremy Springer one too, mo
Feb 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
With the novel that put V.C. Andrews on the map—and set the book-reading world aflutter—this piece seeks to explore the darkest and most seedy side of familial interactions and the extend to which blood can blind when placed in front of an extreme moral code. The Dollanganger family are living a wonderful life, two loving parents and four well-behaved children—Chris, Cathy, Cory, and Carrie. When news comes that the patriarch has died in a fiery crash, changes must be made. A slew of letters go ...more
Kristin Myrtle
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
Aug 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Forbidden

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Whoa, what did I just read??

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

5 stars to V.C. Andrews's Flowers in the Attic. This was one of the earliest books I remember reading as a young adult. I was captivated by the relationships which is probably from where my love of reading and writing family dramas was born.

As an avid genealogist, this books is ripe with analysis to understand all the connections between blood and non-blood relatives. It played to everything I found fascinating and the psychology of why people do the things they do.

The subject, incest at its
Aug 31, 2007 rated it it was ok
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
Scientists say that the reasoning part of an adolescent's brain is not fully formed until about the age of 25.

I get the impression that they have enough scientific evidence to prove this theory. But, just in case there are still any doubters out there, I would like to offer up V.C. Andrews's Flowers in the Attic as the final piece of conclusive scientific evidence.

When I was 13-years-old, I got my hands on Flowers in the Attic, and I not only read it multiple times, I read the entir

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 leave them at the mercy of your mother, to whom the Devil wouldn't hold a candle to, and who has thrown youthey?
Sep 03, 2007 rated it did not like it
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 bur
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
“Children are very wise intuitively; they know who loves them most, and who only pretends.”

It would be an understatement to say that I was a fan of V.C. Andrews growing up. I was an "uber-fan." My sister had these books on her bed when I was in the fourth grade, and I was fascinated by the covers, the way they opened to reveal these morbid looking family photos inside the cover, and of course I loved the movie made in 80s. Now I know the movie is horrid, although the score from Christopher Young
Nick Pageant
Jul 24, 2014 added it
Shelves: trash
Yes, I read the entire series. No, I am not ashamed. I'm not rating them because I would have to rate them low because they're awful, but I loved them anyway. Wipe that judgy look off your face right now.
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
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, movies, series
I am not going to rate this book right now. I can't say I loved this book because of the topic and the story. BUT! If I didn't feel weird, demoralized, ashamed, grossed out, and angry, then this wouldn't be a good book. V.C Andrews did great with that aspect. It is a complicated, weird mess and I can't decide what I should rate this book at this moment. Stay tuned.

Apr 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC was published in 1979. 9 TO 5 arrived in theaters in 1980. Golly-lolly-day, discuss!
Dino-Jess ✮ The Book Eating Dinosaur ✮
This creepfest was absolutely rivetting.

I don't know how I missed reading this when I was younger, but wowser, thanks to the MacHalo Crew for putting it on my radar for taboo month!

All the adults in this need to die in a fiery pit of doom. Self centered, pretentious and pious to a fault I want them all to die, die, die!

This story is immensely readable, whilst being heartbreaking and horrible at the same time. Some of the things that happen in that attic.... Eeeep!

My stomach was actually/>All
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-nl, ebook-en
It took me a while to finish this book. This book is not for the fainted hearted. I had to wait until I was in the right place to read this. I had read this book about 25 years back when I still was a teenager and I really wanted to know if I would remember it. I didn't remember it, but I loved reading it. When I got sucked in it, I couldn't put it down. I got all kinds of emotions from this book. This is a story so twisted and dark, but you want to know the end. There for 5 points.

It took me a while to finish this book. This book is not for the fainted hearted. I had to wait until I was in the right place to read this. I had read this book about 25 years back when I still was a teenager and I really wanted to know if I would remember it. I didn't remember it, but I loved reading it. When I got sucked in it, I couldn't put it down. I got all kinds of emotions from this book. This is a story so twisted and dark, but you want to know the end. There for 5 points.

What can I say... *** (SPOILERS) ***
1. Scared the crap out of me.
2. I probably will never eat anything with powdered sugar on it again.
3. Incest is the best, or so they say.
4. I couldn't put it down!!!!!!
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, own
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
Feb 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
Okay, not able to do a full review at the moment...

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) ...more
Rachel Aranda
This book has stunted me emotionally; it was a much deeper than I expected it to be! I literally want to hold all the Dollanganger children and never let them go. Honestly, there are no words to describe what they had to endure so any apology or sympathetic words I could offer would do them no good. I normally don't cuss but man do I feel like letting loose on Corinne Foxworth and her mother! If there was ever such a wonderful man who existed it had to be Daddy Dollanganger; he's the epitome of ...more
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's really worth 3 1/2 stars. I just can't give it 4. It was written well enough (maybe a little too simple for me). I just felt it is was very predictable and obviously setting up for a serial (with all the predictable drama of broken relationships). Just not my cup of tea as they use to say.
BAM The Bibliomaniac
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Audiobook #190

Hands up! Who did not own this in the 80s?
Aug 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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
Julie (JuJu)
Jun 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
My thoughts:
I was totally addicted to this shocking series. Me, my sister and a few friends would buy the books as they came out and pass them around. This book was so dark and disturbing, I felt like I was reading something forbidden. I was embarrassed to read it in public or even admit I liked it...but I loved it! When I heard they were going to make a movie, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. This was the best one of the series!

My Rating: 4 ⭐’s
Published: 1979 by Pocket Books
Pages: 389
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