Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews

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22 Critic Reviews

...I love weird and disturbing tales and the cult following that this author and this novel in particular has received made me confident that I would enjoy it. I was dead wrong...honestly I can't understand the appeal of this authors work.
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Synopsis

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 are four secrets hidden. Blond, beautiful, innocent, and struggling to stay alive…

They were a perfect family, golden and carefree—until a heartbreaking tragedy shattered their happiness. Now, for the sake of an inheritance that will ensure their future, the children must be hidden away out of sight, as if they never existed. Kept on the top floor of their grandmother’s vast mansion, their loving mother assures them it will be just for a little while. But as brutal days swell into agonizing months and years, Cathy, Chris, and twins Cory and Carrie realize their survival is at the mercy of their cruel and superstitious grandmother…and this cramped and helpless world may be the only one they ever know.

Book One of the Dollanganger series, followed by Petals in the Wind, If There be Thorns, Seeds of Yesterday, and Garden of Shadows.
 

About V.C. Andrews

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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.
 
Published February 8, 2011 by Pocket Books. 420 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Romance, Education & Reference. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Flowers in the Attic
All: 22 | Positive: 15 | Negative: 7

NPR

Good
Reviewed by Gillian Flynn on Jul 23 2012

...I adored her because she is like all girls around the age of 13: at turns sulky, giving, selfish, charming, nasty and heroic.

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Examiner

Good
Reviewed by Lisa Westerfield on Dec 02 2011

The novel is engrossing despite knowing that the attic residents are going to escape in the end. Andrews wrote in a style of a woefully urgency.

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Booking Mama

Below average
Reviewed by Julie P on Jan 21 2014

...my reading tastes have changed quite a bit since I was a teenager...As I re-read FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, I quickly realized that the writing wasn't so hot and that they dialogue was even a bit forced. Furthermore, I saw how outrageous the storyline was and much of the story was almost laughable.

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Once Upon a Twilight

Good
Reviewed by Yara on Jan 13 2014

Once you get to know Cathy, Chris, Cory and Carrie, you will forever be impacted by the lives they live in that attic with the flowers. You will get mad and angry and feel the worst heartache for them. This is not your happy ever after fairytale.

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Reading Lark

Good
Reviewed by Julie on Jan 16 2014

It's a story about being captive in many ways and on many levels - and that's where I think it's appeal comes from, especially for teenagers. And as I re-read it I completely get why the 16 year old me was so enthralled with the story.

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Sarah Reads Too Much

Good
Reviewed by Sarah on Nov 19 2013

If you like uber-creepy scary stories, and haven't read this one yet - don't wave it aside because it is a bit older. It is still quite the well written chilling story that will haunt you.

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Vulpus Libris

Good
on Feb 14 2014

However, I still utterly loved Flowers in the Attic for the gazillionth time I read it...and I delighted in revisiting every single long winded, purple-prosed, over-written page. It is still one of the best books I have ever read and I absolutely could not care one iota if no-one in the entire world agrees with me.

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Bermuda Onion's Weblog

Above average
on Jan 24 2014

The taboo subject is handled subtly and isn’t graphic so older teen readers can handle it. Flowers in the Attic wasn’t the book for me, but I have a feeling I’m just too old for it.

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My Shelf Confessions

Good
Reviewed by April on Jan 15 2013

One thing is for sure: I couldn’t walk away from this without the characters and the setting on my mind.

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Peace Love Books

Below average
Reviewed by Jessica on Jan 12 2014

Overall, this book was okay. I went in expecting a lot and instead got a slow story that didn't pull me in until the very end of the novel.

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A Bookish Affair

Above average
Reviewed by Meg on Feb 08 2014

It is easy to see why this story is still considered scandalous even 30 years after it was written. The writing isn't great (it's quite repetitive and no one really seems to have their own voice) but the subject matter was still gripping and disturbing...

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Minding Spot

Good
Reviewed by Minding Spot on Jan 18 2014

This is a classic book for a reason. It's incredibly well-written and fascinating. If you've never read this, you'll be horrified by what these children endure. If you've read it before, like me, I strongly urge you to pick it up and read it again. I guarantee it'll be just as good as the first time.

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Bookshelves of Doom

Below average
on Jan 30 2009

"Momma, your lunch is moving around, or else you have gas." EWWWW...And they're breaking the grandmother's rules willy-nilly. This can't be good. This family is very into being naked.

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Books I Think You Should Read

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Reviewed by Elizabeth Parker on Jan 14 2014

I will say that the novel was originally published in 1979, and because of that, some of the writing was a little hard to get through - older expressions are used and sometimes the writing seemed a little stiff. I won't be reading the other four books in the series because of this...

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Frenetic Reader

Below average
Reviewed by Khy on Jan 16 2009

Ugh, the children. These children are so annoying. They have good reason (they are stuck in an attic, after all) but goodness.

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Ramblings of a Coffee Addicted Writer

Good
Reviewed by Billy Burgess on Jan 14 2014

In my opinion, V.C. Andrews has been the last true Gothic writer and no other writer (sorry Neiderman) has been able to match her presence since her untimely death. Flowers in the Attic is a must read!

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Bookish

Excellent
Reviewed by Evie Seo on Jan 17 2014

I'm ashamed to admit that this was my first time reading Flowers in the Attic. Even worse, this was my first V.C. Andrews' novel ever. And I can't believe I waited so long to experience this awesomeness. I now have so much to catch up on! Because, yes, I am planning to read each and every single one of Andrews' books as soon as possible.

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Turning The Pages

Below average
Reviewed by Kimberly on Mar 14 2014

...I love weird and disturbing tales and the cult following that this author and this novel in particular has received made me confident that I would enjoy it. I was dead wrong...honestly I can't understand the appeal of this authors work.

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Monster Librarian

Good
Reviewed by Kristen on Jan 14 2014

I wasn’t a critical reader at that age, I was just caught up in the story, as told by a grown Cathy Dollanganger about her 12 year old self. Flowers in the Attic was a compulsive read and I read it cover to cover...

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Dad of Divas' Reviews

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Reviewed by Dad of Divas on Jan 08 2014

It was a compelling read and was definitely one that kept me entranced from beginning to end. The plot was strong and the characters are ones that draw you in.

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Wolf Majick

Good
Reviewed by Delia Ryan on Sep 26 2014

This novel is about some of the worst traits of human nature; greed, lust, zealotry...We are able to see some of the best human qualities as the children band together and persevere through great hardship. Overall this was a novel worth reading if you can stomach the content. If nothing else its fast paced and interesting.

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Reviewed by Sheila on Jan 06 2014

Who knew that V C Andrews was the master of cliff hangers that make you have to read the next book in the series, just as well as many of our popular authors of today. Truly V C Andrews could still stand among the best of them.

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