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Flowers in the Attic [Mass Market Paperback]

V. C. Andrews
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December 1997 Dollanganger Series
Flowers in the Attic is the dark, terrifying tale of four innocent children who are locked away from the world by a selfish mother. Ties in to the film starring Louise Fletcher and Victoria Tenant that was released in October. Garden of Shadows, the exciting prequel, will be released this month.)

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"At age 13, I survived almost entirely on green apple Jolly Ranchers and Flowers in the Attic, and to this day I can't look at the book without my mouth watering. My much loved copy must have come from a supermarket (it was impossible to go to a supermarket in the '80s to, say, secretly stock up on green apple Jolly Ranchers, without a V.C. Andrews book lurking by checkout)... I loved that book.
 
The narrator, Cathy, who ages from 12 to 15 over the course of the story, is part princess (she is locked in a tower; she is beset by cruel foes; she has long, perfect hair until the grandmother tars it one night), and part witch (she's tantrum-prone, pessimistic, cynical). Basically, I adored her because she is like all girls around the age of 13: at turns sulky, giving, selfish, charming, nasty and heroic.
 
Flowers in the Attic is most famous for the fact that Cathy and her brother fall in love. It's a weird, strangely old-fashioned love story (and is Chris ever the stuff of teenage dreams: handsome, brilliant, extravagantly chivalrous), but it's not what hooked me. What kept me circling around to the beginning was that hyper-Gothic female evil. The emotionally cold, physically abusive grandmother. The cloying, manipulative, mind-warping mother. It felt so new and stunning to me — these witches who seemed quite real. I devoured the sequels less to learn about Cathy's tragic love story than to see what kind of woman Cathy became — princess, witch, a bit of both? — and what she'd do with all those awful urges she inherited." (Gillian Flynn, author of Gone Girl, as related on NPR's All Things Considered) --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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One of the most popular authors of all time, V.C. Andrews has been a bestselling phenomenon since the publication of the spellbinding classic Flowers in the Attic. That blockbuster novel began the renowned Dollanganger family saga, which includes Petals on the Wind, If There Be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than seventy novels in nearly twenty bestselling series. V.C. Andrews’s novels have sold more than 106 million copies and have been translated into twenty-two foreign languages. --This text refers to an alternate Mass Market Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Origional and Entertaining May 19 2004
By Alexa
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There isnt a book out there quite like this one! Flowers in the Attic is a dark, horrifying and mysterious book about four children locked away in a secret room while the await their mother's re-inheritance. These are normal children growing up in highly unusual and horrible circumstances. Although quite a bizzare novel, it deals with many real life conflicts and feelings such as love, incest,jealousy, and especially greed. The mystery of this book will keep you turning pages all night long; when you finish you'll be dying for more, so dont forget to check out the sequals!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Flowers in the Attic Feb. 19 2013
By DeeJ
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I am re-reading this series after 15 years since completing it. this book still kept me reading constantly. still a great book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Feb. 13 2014
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I first read this book as a teenager and continued until I finished the series. I noticed the movie came out recently and was so happy to watch it! The only thing I realized was that the book was far better than the movie was so I bought the book again so I can enjoy it all over again as an adult.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome! Feb. 6 2014
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Great story. Great writing. Couldn't put it down. Had heard it was good and sorry it took me so long to read it. On to the next book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fave For All Time! Jan. 15 2014
By fredamans TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
When I read this book in Grade 8 English, it was mandatory reading. It was also the book that catapulted my love for suspense & mystery. I'm glad I read it then and am glad to have re-read it now. Have to admit, I find the impact of the story much different now as an adult and a parent. When I was young I didn't grasp the whole story but now as a mother I get it. My view has changed and stayed the same. I loved it then and love it now even more.
I got real angry reading this time around. Angry at the parent and source of apparent safety, (the mother), and the grandparent, (the grandmother). I still can't fathom how they could hurt, violate, and make these children suffer.
That anger also reinforced how great this story and the writer is. To make me feel the way I do and bring those emotions in me when reading, that's why V.C. Andrews is and always will be a favorite of mine. Ever!
My only gripe would be liking the old, original cover better.
I am definitely gonna catch the film. I sincerely hope it does the book justice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good read!!! Enjoyed Aug. 24 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Loved this book the only problem is you have to get the other 4 books to learn what
happens. But all in all was worth reading.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful horrifying series July 21 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Yes, beautiful. The word does not even capture the hopeful-turned-hopeless longing, the desperation, the disturbing love cycle, the vengeance that V.C. Andrews was able to weave in this old goodie that never gets old.

This is the start of a series that leaves you completely breathless, secretly hoping for the children's welfare, but knowing they won't get an ounce of it.

A perfect read on a thunderstruck night.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very disturbing book June 27 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This book is one of my favorites. It starts a little slow, but it takes off after the first couple of chapters. The story follows four siblings whose father dies in a tragic accident. Their greedy mother brings them to live with their abusive grandmother, who locks them in her attic and keeps them there for years. Eventually, the kids realize that they've become prisoners, and they devise a plan to escape.
This is a page-turner. Definitely not boring, but definitely not for overly-sensitive readers. Read at your own risk.
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