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Delia's Crossing

(Delia #1)

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,834 ratings  ·  109 reviews
After her parents are killed in a road accident, Delia Yebarra's life is turned upside-down. At 15, she leaves her home to embark on a new life in America. Arriving at her Aunt Isabella's huge estate in Palm Springs, California, should be a dream come true for a simple country girl like Delia - so why does it feel like a nightmare?
Paperback, 432 pages
Published January 6th 2011 by Simon & Schuster Ltd (first published 2008)
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Aug 02, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Fifteen year old Delia Yebarra lives in a small village in Mexico and had a bright future in front of her when she receives horrible news. Delia's parents are taken away from her in the blink of an eye when they are involved in a car accident. Thinking she will be living with her grandmother after the accident Delia again has her world turned upside down when her grandmother says she is simply too old to care for her and has made arrangements to send Delia to America to live with an aunt she's ...more
Aug 17, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
I have been a fan of V.C. Andrews since her debut with Flowers in the Attic. And am glad to say, her stories have lived on with the first book in this new trilogy. For those who don't already know, Delia's crossing tells the story of Delia and her crossing from a small town in Mexiceo into the rich and glamorous life of her Aunt and cousins in Palm Springs. The heroine, who comes to Palm Springs looking for a new beginning, instead faces a life of hardship, mistreatment, and hurt that will ...more
Mar 03, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: contemporary
Delia's Crossing is about a young teen, living in Mexico, who's immediately hit by tragedy in the beginning of the book. She says,

"My suffering hadn't ended. It might only have just begun."

Guuurrrl, you're in a V.C. Andrews book. Of course it's only just begun.

This is the first V.C. Andrews book I've read that's been newer (before that, the last book I'd read was Broken Flower, which was published five years ago, though it doesn't feel that long), so I was wondering if Andrew Neiderman--the V.C.
Jennifer Wardrip
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Delia Yebarra's life is about to change.

Living a content life in her small Mexican village, Delia has just celebrated her fifteenth birthday. She lives with her parents and her grandmother in a small house. They don't have a lot of money, but Delia knows she is loved and wouldn't trade her life for anything.

But Delia's parents are killed in a freak accident and her grandmother is too old to provide for her. Her grandmother tells her that she is going off
May 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, series
Finally a book that actually reminds me of her older books. I know that this is a ghost writer but it seems like for the past few years the books coming out under her name have not been at all in the spirit of VC Andrews. This one actually reminded me of one that she WOULD write.
Apr 06, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I TRIED to read this book. I used to be a HUGE fan of VC Andrews, but then her books just started to become too repetitive, with the same plot, same outcome...I couldn't get past page two of this book. :(
Dec 03, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading V.C. Andrews books for many years, and while the ghostwritten novels don't really compare to those written by V.C. herself, this one was better than some of the others. It remains to be seen whether I like the change in the series formula that has worked so well in the past, but this was an interesting story. Delia is a character that can be cared about, and you want her to find happiness. However, I do miss the gothic horror that drew me to V.C. Andrews so long ago.
Nov 25, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Crummy book. I have no idea why they are letting V.C. Andrews' name getting dragged through the mud after her death with such crappy books. I keep hoping each series will suddenly improve but after the first book in the ones after her death, I'm sorely disappointed. Probably only a 1/2 star.
Dec 06, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Delia's Crossing disappointed me quite a bit. The plot is fairly wild and improbable. Most of the main characters are only believable half the time. That being said, I do plan on following the series to find out what happens to Delia and her family.
I have read VC Andrews books for years. This one is in keeping with all the others. I loved all of her books so far. From flowers in the attic to this one. I have not miss one book. so i'll not be adding all books to my book shelf. that would take forever,LOL!!!
Aug 16, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of her best books. Eventful, moral, all sorts of twists and turns. I really enjoyed this book. Can't wait until the next part of the series comes out.
Crystal Krentkowski
Same as any other VC Andrews book. I still had to read it though! LOL
Jasmine Gladney
Aug 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this book! Can't wait to read the next two.
The Readings of a Busy Mom Riaz
Delia's Crossing is the first book in The Delia Series written by one of my favourite and most known authors around the globe Virginia Andrews. She is most known for her series of books starting with Flowers in the Attic. Virgina Andrews has a way with words that makes it feel so real and keeps the reader thoroughly engaged and wanting more and Delia's Crossing is without a doubt amongst the top of my list of favourite reads by Virginia.

I'm really shocked how much I loved this book, I thought
Kim Smiley
Apr 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Debi Lantzer
Jun 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have been reading V.C. Andrews books since I was a young adult. Delia's Crossing did not disappoint either. Delia's Crossing shares the story of Delia and her "crossing" from a small rural Mexican village into the rich and glamorous life of her aunt and cousins. Arriving at her aunt's home in Palm Springs, Delia knows very little English and very little about the family she's been sent to live with.

Delia is looking for a new beginning but instead, she faces a horrible life of poor treatment
Nov 06, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of V C Andrews, ya lit.
3.5 of 5 stars

What can I say about this that has not been reviewed or that the blurb does not touch on?

I liked this Book 1 A LOT better than Book 1 to the last few newer series to V C Andrews collection. Delia Yebarra is just different enough to be refreshing yet familiar enough to embrace the likeness of every other V C Andrews main character. As a 15 year old coming from Mexico. She had to learn a new culture while also learning what it was like to be treated indifferently by a rich American
May 06, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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Feb 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
At first I wasn't sure if I was going to enjoy this book as much as I have other Virginia Andrews novels but it didn't disappoint me in the end. It took a little bit to get into and at first I didn't really like the way it would switch between english and spanish but I got used to it.

Basically the novel is about a girl living in Mexico who is sent to live with her rich Aunt in the US after her parents die. Delia is a very likeable character - very naive and innocent and trusting. A number of
Jonathan Schildbach
I picked this up after seeing V.C. Andrews' name on a list of popular YA authors--although it was noted that she was never really tagged as a YA author. At any rate, the book was weirdly compelling in the way a soap opera might be intriguing. Everything that happened was so melodramatic that it left no real room for character development or any other form of subtlety. It was so over-the-top that I kept imagining Delia's Aunt Isabela as Cruella DeVille, and her Cousin Sophia as SNL Alumni Melanie ...more
Aug 05, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Rima Aiello
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beauty of any novel by V.C. Andrews is how the main character overcomes the overwhelming odds stacked against them and this novel is no different. After Delia's parents are killed in a truck accident, she is sent to America to live with relatives. Thrown into what she thought would be a loving experience, Delia is immersed into a nightmare.
This story is beautiful and tragic all at the same time. While it follows the standard set by all of the other novels by the author, it has heart and
Aug 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Delia's Crossing (Delia, #1)
by V.C. Andrews
V.C. Andrews looks at the nature of immigration, something that is in the news now more than ever. Delia, was a legal immigrant, legally moving to her Maternal Aunt's house after the sudden death of her mother and father. Delia has many problems of immigration even if none of them were legal or her fault. Delia has to face family dynamics she knows nothing about. Delia has to deal with manipulative men, and abuse of young men. She has to cope without
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first read from V.C Andrews and it was great! Delia I felt was very innocent in a way that made her a good character. She has a good heart but that doesn't stop her from being used by the people around her. There were times in this book I was hoping Delia would put her foot down and demand respect. This story might offend some with the content in it. Not to spoil but it does deal with rape so if you are uncomfortable with that then don't read this. This story was sad because you see a girl ...more
M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews
Delia's Crossing is a poor debut to yet another lackluster series by Neiderman. I have nothing against the main character being Latina or a Mexican native. However, this story was rather simplistic, with all the characters being almost caricatures. Isabella is a very lackluster villain, and honestly, just about everything in here was predictable, as per the ghostwriter's usual standard. I get the feeling that he just doesn't care about writing these as much as he did, which is a shame, as Delia ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I used to read alot of books by this authur when I was a teenager but now reading it it left me wondering why I liked it. It is a page turner and it desserves two stars for that. Now the story- I felt so sorry for the main character, her parents die and she has to leave the only place and relatives she has left and then she is sent off to live with a aunt who hates her and then things just get worse from then on out.. I think these books will appeal maybe to younger audiences but this book was ...more
Sep 04, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: V.C. Andrews fans
V.C. Andrews is a guilty pleasure of mine and I have read all of her books except this series and the new "Secrets in the Attic" series. All of her books follow the same basic format - innocent girl goes through some tragedy (usually based on an evil family member) and then overcomes her horrible struggle at the end of the book and seems to be moving towards happiness until ........the next book. Even though these books are all basically the same and are fairly predictable I have to read them ...more
Nov 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: usa, fiction
I was really pleased with this book, after reading some of the newer Andrews books which have not been up to stratch this was a welcome return to the good stuff. I felt it was more classic Andrews and can't wait for the next one. The only complant I had was that Delia sometime seemed very easily lead into bad situations. But then it wouldn't be an Andrews book if it had a happy ending and I predict hard times to come in the rest of the series, which has 3 whole books. Yay! Not as good as 5 but ...more
This is my first book the author. I think this an amazing book to read as it touches points that every person has to go through in order to achieve that dream that so called "american dream" and that is all just a mirage, because everything we imagine is really not true and what we had was even better then what we obtain. I can relate to the main character as she is very down to earth and a bit naive, of course it can be justified by the way she was brought up and such and also a bit too ...more
This isn't the first time reading this book, but it was just as good. but of course I know that all her books are pretty ummmmm taboo... So I was surprised that her cousin didn't do anything with her. The only problem I had with this book was that some, very little Spanish wasn't translated... I mean most was but at parts I was like huh? So I give it 3 stars for my lack of Spanish!
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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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