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Flowers in the Attic; Petals on the Wind

(Dollanganger #1-2)

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  3,693 ratings  ·  183 reviews
A value-priced bindup of the first two books ever published by V. C. Andrews, Flowers in the Attic and Petals on the Wind.
Paperback, 868 pages
Published November 10th 2009 by Simon Pulse (first published 1979)
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Just finished "Flowers in the Attic." The best I can describe this book is like a watching a car crash. You know you shouldn't watch, but you can't tear your eyes away. This book is vivid, descriptive, wrong, innocent, at times evil, but most of all it's dark. It's a dark mystery that sucks you in and doesn't let go. The incestuous relationship is troubling, and I have to ignore those parts because for me, I feel like it's just wrong. But in the characters' eyes, they're all right. It's love and ...more
Aug 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Firstly, these books are understood when read in series. They are extremely rich in symbolism and are riddled with subtextual meaning . The Dollanganger series is a mixture of all the other genres, with the correct proportions of each to give you the perfect story

There is so much to these books that it would take me an entire book to explain each and every thing, Although these books may appear to be "simple as you think they are more complex than you can imagine." This book is an extraordinary
Mar 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
3.5 stars.

NOW I've read the entire book/both books in this omnibus. Still trash, kinda excusing pedophilia, but goddamn, I love vengeful Cathy.

I love how deeply trash the story is and how seeing the Lifetime version of the story long beforehand enriched my experience. Now I appreciate the film 10000000x more! But yeah, so trash and so gooooood and there's a quote that made me go FUCK YEAH. However, the dialogue is atrocious at times and that rape scene that's instantly written off as not actuall
Apr 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Young Adults/Adults, horror/drama readers
Recommended to KP by: Paige
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Caroline (Words & Whispers)
Nov 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: People intrigued by the premise
Shelves: reviewed, my-library
Let me start off by saying this: these books are definitely dark and definitely not for everyone. The story starts with the Dollanganger family, happy and content. Then, on his birthday, their father is in a car accident and dies. The mother feels the need to go to her father, who had many years before disowned her. With a promise and a quick departure, the children are forced into an attic with sparse sunlight and little food from a grandmother who calls them Devil's spawn. Enough with the summ ...more
May 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2,5

So boring and painful it was traumatizing. DNF.

The first book, "Flowers in the Attic", was everything I hoped it would be; creepy, addictive and more than a little disturbing. The sequel, however, went over to the wrong side of Crazy-Town.

It was so painfully depressing that I would put the book down for WEEKS until I had recovered enough to continue. I would then open the book and start reading only to find myself, a couple of pages later, just staring at the page without readi
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Charmaine Lim
*2020 Update* I'm lowering this to one star because that's all it deserves

I have never read something like this before, and I am quite determined never to read something like this again.

April Brooks, a booktuber, talked about how much she loved the series and how great it was, so I decided to pick it up. I already knew that it revolved around a family and I was aware of what would happen between Cathy and Chris, but I wanted to see how V.C. Andrews brought it all across. I wanted to see her argu
Apr 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book should be called EVERYBODY RAPES CATHY. Oh my god. So everyone knows, probably from that not very true-to-story Lifetime adaptation, that Flowers In the Attic is a seriously fucked up story about a mother who locks her four children in her family home's attic for 3 years because she wants to inherit family money without her father knowing she has children, since he hates her for running off and marrying his brother. (Half brother, but really, does that help?) Twins aged 5, Cathy aged 1 ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Jonathan Hernandez
Sep 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Always listen to grandma.

“Love...I put so much faith in it.
Truth...I kept believing it falls always from the top lips of the one you love and trust the most.'s all bound up to love and trust. Where does one end and the other start, and how do you tell when love is the blindest of all?”
Clinton Murphy
Oct 10, 2020 rated it did not like it
Sorry Venom.
Abby Vincere

To be honest, I'm not sure why this book gets such a bad reputation. And my cynical side can't help wondering if even half of the people dissing this could write a debut novel HALF as good.

Though to be fair, this wasn't ACTUALLY V.C. Andrews' first novel, it was just the first she published under her own name and no one knows what her old penname was because she didn't want her family to read those books for some unknown reason to do with "the content".

Also, I kind of hate
Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews is a dark, twisted story about the Dollanganger family. Chris, Cathy, Cory, and Carrie lost their father in a tragic car accident and their mother reconnected with her father after many years of his disowning her. She takes the children to Foxworth Hall to get back into her father's good graces and be put back into his will. They are locked into the attic, where they are told they will only be there for a day or two, but in reality turns into years of being l ...more
Raquel Armendariz
Nov 13, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Dec 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
Flowers in the Attic has been around for a long time. I've straightened enough bookshelves to see it at least 3-5 times a week for 4 years. As such, I decided it was time to give it a try when I found a bargain version of a collection of the first two books.

If you haven't read Flowers in the Attic, you should probably stop reading this. Let me say first off, it's not really the plot that had me disgusted enough to stop reading this book.

Quick summary: awesome dad dies, mom takes kids to parents'
Marva Whitaker
Okay. Stumbled upon the Lifetime movie version of Flowers in the Attic a few weeks ago, and found myself thinking - that didn't happen in the book, did it? Looked it up online only to find the Lifetime movie was pretty true to the story, then I noticed most copies of the book as pictured online looked a lot thicker than what I remembered the book I read looking like.

Anyway - I think I got a condensed version the first time around. And only now that I've read the full version, I get why it was s
Michelle Wrona
Dec 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I bought this, I barely scanned through the summary and just bought it right away. I've heard that V.C. Andrews was a legendary classic teen novel writer, so I decided to give her a try.
For an author's debut novels, this was written spectacularly. I was very pleased with how it ended up- one word in my mind stayed with me throughout the novel- addicting. This book got me so addicted, I didn't want to put it down and I was stuck reading it late into the night.

The first one was the one that
Mar 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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Just finished reading “FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC” by V.C. ANDREWS . I read this book while listening to the audible version narrated by the actress MENA SUVARI.
This is #3 in my AROUND THE YEAR IN 52 BOOKS CLUB (a book about a nontraditional family). This is #14 in my STEPHEN KING Non-King Club Picks.
A major Lifetime movie event—the novel that captured the world's imagination and earned V.C. Andrews a fiercely devoted fanbase. Book One of the Dollanganger Family series. At the top of the stairs there
Alyssa Miller
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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Oct 12, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had read these several years ago but decided to revisit them. I still enjoyed them and am going to work my way through the series. Yes it is a little trite and longwinded in places but it is a fictional novel, not a classical piece of literature. Sometimes I have to put the heavy serious books down and hit something a little lighter and less realistic. I mean, come on, do you really believe ANY kid would stay locked in the attic over 3 years when they could have climbed down numerous times and t ...more
Karen Desjardin
Nov 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Dena Zahhos
Dec 08, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the first "adult" books I ever read. Probably pretty inappropriate for a 10year old, but at least I was reading something.
I have re-read this series a couple of times since then and can't say I ever get tired of it. It certainly belongs in the horror section at the bookstore: Incest galore. Murdering mothers. Sociopathic sons.
This is the only VC Andrews series actually written by Virginia and is certainly the best and creepiest.
Completed Flowers in the Attic; Petals in the Wind parked for another time.
Booklist Queen’s 2020 reading challenge #20; genre you don’t usually read.

3⭐️’s. I read this in my youth and remember having an intense draw for its content and a sequel or two. Not surprisingly, my tastes and expectations of authors have changed since then... the happenings in this story remain tragic and dark, the writing just meh...
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
this series really depresses me, the tone of it simply sucks all the joy from my mind. I finish reading a chapter and I feel like ive been holding my breath -- not ina good way.

+1 for emotional connectivity

too dark for me though.
Hailey Jensen
These books are pretty fucked up, that's all there really is to say. Four kids put into a horrible situation that fucks them up, I'd suggest not to read unless you have a dark, /dark/ mind. ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Technically, there are five books in this series, but Flowers in the Attic/Petals on the Wind make for a good reading on their own and one can choose to stop there.
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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 (10 books)
  • Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger, #1)
  • Petals on the Wind (Dollanganger, #2)
  • If There Be Thorns (Dollanganger, #3)
  • Seeds of Yesterday (Dollanganger, #4)
  • Christopher's Diary: Secrets of Foxworth (Dollanganger #6)
  • Christopher's Diary: Echoes of Dollanganger (Dollanganger #7)
  • Secret Brother (Dollanganger #8)
  • Beneath the Attic (Dollanganger, #9)
  • Out of the Attic
  • Shadows of Foxworth (Dollanganger, #11)

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“Something creaked beneath me! A soft step on rotting wood!
I jumped startled, scared, and turned, expecting to see-God
knows what! Then I sighed, for it was only Chris standing in the gloom, silently staring at me. Why? Did I look prettier than
usual? Was it the moonlight, shining through my airy clothes?
All random doubts were cleared when he said in a voice
gritty and low, "You look beautiful sitting there like that." He
cleared the frog in his throat. "The moonlight is etching you with silver-blue, and I can see the shape of your body through
your clothes."
Then, bewilderingly, he seized me by the shoulders, digging
in his fingers, hard! They hurt. "Damn you, Cathy! You kissed
that man! He could have awakened and seen you, and demanded
to know who you were! And not thought you only a part of his
Scary the way he acted, the fright I felt for no reason at all.
"How do you know what I did? You weren't there; you were
sick that night."
He shook me, glaring his eyes, and again I thought he seemed a stranger. "He saw you, Cathy-he wasn't soundly asleep!"
"He saw me?" I cried, disbelieving. It wasn't possible . . .
"Yes!" he yelled. This was Chris, who was usually in such
control of his emotions. "He thought you a part of his dream!
But don't you know Momma can guess who it was, just by
putting two and two together-just as I have? Damn you and
your romantic notions! Now they're on to us! They won't leave money casually about as they did before. He's counting, she's
counting, and we don't have enough-not yet!"
He yanked me down from the widow sill! He appeared wild
and furious enough to slap my face-and not once in all our
lives had he ever struck me, though I'd given him reason to
when I was younger. But he shook me until my eyes rolled, until
I was dizzy and crying out: "Stop! Momma knows we can't pass
through a looked door!"
This wasn't Chris . . . this was someone I'd never seen
before . . . primitive, savage.
He yelled out something like, "You're mine, Cathy! Mine!
You'll always be mine! No matter who comes into your future,
you'll always belong to me! I'll make you mine . . . tonight . . .
I didn't believe it, not Chris!
And I did not fully understand what he had in mind, nor, if I
am to give him credit, do I think he really meant what he said,
but passion has a way of taking over.
We fell to the floor, both of us. I tried to fight him off. We
wrestled, turning over and over, writhing, silent, a frantic strug-
gle of his strength against mine.
It wasn't much of a battle.
I had the strong dancer's legs; he had the biceps, the greater weight and height . . . and he had much more determination than
i to use something hot, swollen and demanding, so much it stile reasoning and sanity from him.
And I loved him. I wanted what he wanted-if he wanted it
that much, right and wrong.
Somehow we ended up on that old mattress-that filthy,
smelly, stained mattress that must have known lovers long
before this night. And that is where he took me, and forced in
that swollen, rigid male sex part of him that had to be satisfied.
It drove into my tight and resisting flesh which tore and bled.
Now we had done what we both swore we'd never do.”
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