Growing up, this book has been one of those must read books. It has everything a trademark hallmark drama has in it. So much sadness, so much wrong, so much… anger while reading this book.
It’s disturbing how a perfect happy family life turned upside down because of a family tragedy. This is a story about children abuse and incest. (Though I wonder why it was [and still] in the teen sections I will always wonder why). Yet, until now, I have yet to find a book as twisted as how VC Andrews wrote it.
I really hope nobody ever shut their kids up and forget about them, like what happened to the characters in this book. That would be torture. Especially for the kids. I found it is very disturbing to read how a parent would purposely locked her children up in an attic for years instead of sending them off to a boarding school, which I found was a much better choice if she did, just because she wanted the inheritance from her father and pretend they don’t exist. Her children was a secret nobody outside the family should know about. It was a frustrating and emotional read.
Imagine how long these kids have to endure.. waiting for the day when Grandfather died and mother actually bring them out from their attic imprisonment. So much false hope is put upon these children it’s infuriating.
Overall it is one of the best book out there, and I'm pretty much appalled to know in some places this book was actually being banned because of a certain few chapters. If they have taken the time to actually read what lead to that, it is much more of an educating novel to parents out there to not repeat what the adults in this book did in the first place. I pretty much hate the ending though, cause I would like to see the adults getting what they deserved after what they did to the kids, but I guess they hope they better judgment in the future.
Nevertheless, I hate the mother. I hate the grandmother! How could they starve them and the end of it, the truth! Oh that was a very awful truth to bear. Their mother wanted to kill them. How twisted is that? How twisted?!
This book is not something, one would sit down, read and witness as a reader. It’s frustrating to read and not able to help. V. C. Andrews did an excellent work, writing this book. The words came out alive as you read it.
First Words. Truly, when I was very young, way back in the Fifties, I believed all of life would be like one long and perfect summer day.
Quote. I don’t think she’s ever coming back.
Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1)
By V. C Andrews
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.
Just for a little while.
But the brutal days swelled into agonizing years. Now Cathy, Chris, and the twins wait in their cramped and helpless world, stirred by adult dreams, adult desires, served a meager sustenance by an angry, superstitious grandmother who knows that the Devil works in dark and devious ways. Sometimes he sends children to do his work--children who--one by one--must be destroyed....
'Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive....
Finished Reading: 28rd December 2006
Acquire: 19th February 2012 (a book fairy gave me this with spanking new cover on it.)
Rate } ♠♠♠♠♠
Genre } Fiction | Young Adult | Mystery & Thrillers | Drama | Goth
Release Day } December 1979
Publisher } Harper
Format } Paperback
ISBN } 9780007436828
Pages } 423 pages
Source } Gift
Age Group } PG 18 yo +
Awards } Awards for Secondary (1993)