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The End of the Rainbow

(Hudson #4)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,393 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Was the Hudson Family destined to live in the shadows of the past? Or would luck shine on the newest generation? The answer lies at... The End of the Rainbow

Rain's precious daughter, Summer, is about to turn sixteen. Her future lies wide open before her and she carries her mother's wise advice close to her heart: life is hardship, but above all, life is hope. Like all
Paperback, 384 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Pocket Books (first published 2001)
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April Boulware
Apr 03, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
who the hell is gonna have sex while being held hostage and poisoned....just doesn't make sense
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thought this book was good I don't really care about what number it is in the series I can always go back and read the rest of the series but this book is really good
Jun 03, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2001, age-adult
I read this toward the end of my V.C. Andrews phase... it may have been the last one I read of hers. They just all started to sound the same, so that I couldn't even keep the different series apart.
Sue Gerhardt Griffiths
4.5 stars

The first three books in the Hudson series is told from Rains point of view. We follow her story from living in the ghetto, to attending school in London to returning to America due to a death in the family followed by a major tragedy after falling from a horse. Sixteen years later and the fourth and final book the story is told from Rains daughter, 16 year old Summers perspective which I was not expecting as with all books so far the fourth is usually dedicated to the grandmother and
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
This is one of the worst sequels that Neiderman has ever written. Instead of focusing on family secrets and twists or even the heroine herself, this book actually centered on Harvey, Summer's best friend and later boyfriend. No time is spent exploring past events or the repercussions of said past events (unlike Seeds of Yesterday, Gates of Paradise, or Midnight Whispers, which concentrated a lot on how the secrets of the past affected the heroines of these books) Harvey goes looking for his dad, ...more
Sep 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
The best series from this author in a long time. I really enjoyed this series...this last book, I just had to finish it and stayed up way past bedtime to finish it. Overall the best series since flowers in the attic. There are a few series that I haven't read yet by this author but this has been the best for a long time.
Sarajane Pinkman
Nov 27, 2016 rated it liked it
Well, V.C. Andrews ghostwriter wise, at least they changed up the formula a bit. And, honestly, it handled sexual assault better than some of the previous series as well. So altogether a decent read.
Kim Smiley
Jun 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 11, 2013 rated it liked it
The back of the book was really misleading...and I kept waiting for Rain to croak and die because thats what happens in a lot of Andrews' novels, but nope. Rain doesnt die. Instead of being about the Hudson family secrets, the book just focused on Harleys family secrets...and it was just plain weird. I didnt mind reading about Harleys family, but the back of the book could have atleast indicated it was about the Victor family instead. I wouldnt even really call this series the HUDSON ...more
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than the first three. Although the story line was unrealistic, the writer did a better job in this novel. There was more depth to the characters and atmosphere. I liked reading about Rains daughter and it was a happy conclusion to the Hudson series. What I didnt like about this book was at times it was strange; for example, I felt like some of the stuff that happened in the book was just randomly placed and not really related to the plot. I also felt like there wasnt ...more
Jan 05, 2013 added it
Shelves: trashy, 2013
This book is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever read.

At no point, in this rambling, incoherent excuse for a novel was there even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone who read this is now dumber for having done so.

I award this book no stars, and may God have mercy on VC Andrews' family's souls.

(With apologies to Principal Max Anderson.)
Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Easily the worst book in the Hudson series, the narrative switches to Rain's now teenage daughter Summer who runs away from home after being date raped. Serious issues, such as rape and abduction are treated as fodder for shock value rather than an attempt to tell a meaningful story.
Jun 22, 2013 rated it liked it
This was the last book in the Hudson family series by V.C Andrews and it was not a great one. The storyline was quite unbelievable and not at all realistic; the one thing that I liked about this one were the characters, other than that, hence the reason for the 3-star rating
Apr 28, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I hated the book. It will be first as well as last of any of the sagas written by Andrews.

I wouldn't read it again.
Apr 17, 2012 rated it liked it
V.C. Andrew books has always been one of my little guilty pleasures!
Not one of the best V.C. Andrews book. The first book in this series was wonderful, but by the time I reached this one, I was just glad to see this series end.
Dec 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, usa, family-saga
I thought I'd read this before but after finishing this, I'm starting to doubt myself as nothing in this book feels familiar.

In typical Andrews style, before they did away with the longer family style saga, this book is about Rain's daughter, Summer.

Summer tends to be similar to Rain. She has a strong attachment to Harley, who has been brought up as a family member but is not really a family member. She meets some terrible men, honestly, why are all the men in these books so rapey? Or
Aug 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: v-c-andrews
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Chelsea Gouin
May 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: vc-andrews
So ends the Hudson Saga. This novel is told through Summer's point of view, she is the daughter of Rain and Andrew. She's much more level-headed than her mother and I liked this novel much better than the previous two. Summer was raised in a home with two loving parents but is not without issue. Her mom is bi-racial and wheel chair bound and this is a touchy subject for Summer. However, her Uncle Roy is showing signs of liking Rain more than a sister and Summer is not okay with that. She finds ...more
Apr 05, 2015 rated it liked it
This is the end of the Hudson series and told from Rain's daughter's perspective when she's turned 16. Not the worse I've ever read but the story seems to get repetitive as now we deal with a whole new storyline that seems to focus mainly on metal illness. It was one thing when the Hudson family seemed to have one member after another with issues in the earlier books as you'd think ok, it ran in the family but here we have new characters not related and still the same old issues.

I'd also
Maxine Livingstone
Sep 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I read this book many years ago. It was when I was somewhere in my early teens; back then I used to love V.C. Andrews and just had to read all of her books. I read a good portion of her books. However, as time went by I started to notice that all of ehr books practically had the same theme in it. Just like all of her other books this was just as fucked up. I remember questioning at the time wether or not that this is due to her family still writing her books under her name to continue making ...more
Kris - My Novelesque Life
Nov 21, 2014 rated it did not like it
When I read these novels back in the day I would have given them 3-3.5 STARS and now would say about one Star

I started reading VC Andrews books in the 1991 and stopped about 2003.

I have read:
-Dollanganger Series
-Casteel Series
-Cutler Series
-Landry Series
-Logan Series
-Orphans Series
-Wildflowers Series
-Hudson Series
-Shooting Stars Series
-DeBeers Series
-Broken Wings Series

As a preteen reading these novels was a rebellion and the gothic theme also seemed cool. I stopped reading this author because
Malek Sebrii
Jun 20, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was the first real novel I read in a really long time. I enjoyed reading it. It was okay.It was not very well written but the plot overall was not bad. *SPOILERS* I hated the fact that some of the events were so randomly planted along the way, like the rape at summer camp event, or the first time they slept together ,it was so poorly related to the plot and quiete irrelevant to the storyline. Compared to other books I've read it could be classified as one of the worst
Angel **Book Junkie**
This is my least favorite of the story.. I would have rather read Grandma Hudson's story sort of like the last book in the Flowers in the Attic series. I know there is Megan's story but I am not sure that I can even bring myself to read that one in this series. I thought that this book was really crazy and seemed to play off so many ideas and left a whole lot short... Please if you are going to publish a V.C. Andrews story please publish it as her books were truly meant to be.
Aug 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I purchased this book years ago while I was in a VC Andrews phase, but I never read it. Last weekend, I finished reading a different (non-VC Andrews) book, and didn't have a chance to go to the library. Since I feel I must always be reading something, I found this book and figured it would have to do. I feel that VC Andrews books are predictable, and most have the same "formula". The End of the Rainbow was no different. But, it was entertaining enough to fulfill my need to read.
Aug 19, 2012 rated it did not like it
To me, the one word that describes this book is "Childish." The narrative sounded like an immature 12 year old talking about wild experiences. The plot was not very enthralling, and I felt like two "children" were out on an adventure. I have not read the previous books of the series, so I'm not going to judge Andrews as a bad writer yet. But this book certainly repels me from picking any other book of hers.
Anne Marie
Sep 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a good book to end the Hudson series. This book was written in the eyes of Summer, Rain's daughter. She just turned sixteen and we soon catch up to what has been going on with the family. New adventures begin with Summer going to a music camp, and her life long relationship with Harley, the son of Glenda and her Uncle Roy.
Laurie O'
Jan 08, 2009 rated it it was amazing
There is not enough stars to rate this series.. very very good..
4th book of the series and it was wonderful. So wonderful I couldn't put the book down and have been staying up till wee hours of morning. Hmm maybe now that I've finished the 4 book series, I can finally get some sleep. ha ha ha - Good reading!!!!
Jan 05, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012
I really liked Virginia Andrews books when I was a teenager but now I am kind of done with them. They all seem to embrace the same tragedies and there is no place for happiness in her books. This was the last book in the Hudson series and probably the last Virginia Andrews book I will read, at least for a while...
Camille McCarthy
Aug 20, 2014 rated it liked it
A lot better than the other not-really-VC Andrews book I read. This one seemed to take a lot of the elements from "My Sweet Audrina" and watered them down a little and then re-ordered the pieces. It was definitely not literature and VC Andrews is a much better writer than the fake VC Andrews, but it was entertaining and moved along quite swiftly so it's not terrible.
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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)
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