Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger Series #1)

Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger Series #1)

by V. C. Andrews
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Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger Series #1) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 737 reviews.
lydia1087 More than 1 year ago
I never thought that I would like this book. My Mom was actually the one that told me to read it and once I started readig I couldnt stop. The things that these kids go through are so unreal. Iam so gonna read the other books from this series. I just gotta know what happens to them. This is a must read!
Jeibear1987 More than 1 year ago
This books was eerily captivating. Once you start reading, you are constantly worrying about these characters. V.C. Andrews took a risk with this book because it talks about things most people avoid. She did an excellent job! Interesting read.
XXXOOOBookwormOOOXXX More than 1 year ago
The story revolves around the Dollanganger family. One evening Christopher Dollanganger dies in a car crash and his family, consisting of his wife and four children, must go back and live with their family in Foxworth Hall. Both Christopher and his wife, Corrine, grew up in this mansion. It is because of their incestuous marriage that they were both banished from their home and their family. Wanting to recapture her father's adoration and love, Corrine comes home and hides her children, so that she may inherit his vast fortune. She asks her mother to watch over the children, who are confined to the North wing of the house. They are not allowed to leave this area and can only go up into the attic. Soon their mother pretty much abandons them and leaves them to rot in the attic while she lives her life without them. Their evil grandmother does everything in her power to make them feel as bad, horrible, and dirty as possible, wanting to punish them for what their parents had done nearly 20 years prior. Soon the children discover that they are slowly being poisoned and why they are trying to be killed. This book is an excellent tale of deceit, love, hate, pain, and triumph.  The melodramatic prose might turn some people off, but Andrews has a real skill for creating mood and an engrossing read and that is as much of a legitimate talent as the high-brow literary giants I also love. I'm 29 but I'll never remember when I first picked up this book at 12 and couldn't stop reading and felt like someone connected with all my confusion. V.C. Andrews is like Judy Blume if she was crazy, perverted, and obsessed with sexual deviancy! God I miss that woman.  Some of the details are hard for an adult reader to accept as credible, but why do you think we loved this books as teenagers? Because many teenage girls-and I stress girls, because I most of what Andrews' covers doesn't apply to boys-go through all the things Cathy goes through-testing sexual attractiveness for the first time, looking at our changing bodies in the mirror, first period, challenging parental authority,the trauma of first sexual experiences, etc. All those changes are scary and weird. Of course the added elements are demented and perverse but that just adds to the fun. Every emotion I have ever felt was presented to me at the turn of each page. While reading and feeling so disgusted and angry with the grandmother, i was beyond ANGRY with the mother. She is one of the most selfish and self-centered characters EVER....a despicable human being. I hate her with a passion. Definitely going to be reading more from this author and series!     
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
i love this book it was different but distrubing on how the brother and sister were a little to "friendly" but everyone should try this book.
lizasarusrex More than 1 year ago
What is the book about? Their father has just been killed in a fatal car accident and their mother decides to move them back to their religious fanatic grandmother who has never approved of their lifestyle their mother, Corrine has lived. Cathy, Chris, Cory and Carrie are all locked in the attic at their grandparents but they aren't sure why. Read this book to find out how the 4 siblings cope with being imprisoned in an attic. What did I think of the book? I have read this book many many times and every time I find it a little bit more disturbing than the last time I read it. The pain. The agony. The confusion. These poor kids, their just flowers in the attic.
Linzeh More than 1 year ago
this book has really good story line, and keeps you interested :) V.c. andrews is amazing (all of her original work, not that new person who does it lol). Would aslso recommend "Celeste" :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book when I was a sophmore in high school almost 20 years ago. It was recommended by my friend who said "you have to read this book". From what I remember it was about 4 children who are secretly locked away in an estate attic thanks to a selfish mother and twisted grandmother. After I read this book. I had to read the whole series afterwards. From what I remembered it was about this couple who had four kids (chris, cathy, carrie and last one I dont remember his name). Its the happy life until the father dies in a car accident, leaving the mother without any means of support. Turns out the mom came from a wealthy family(that the kids knew nothing about) and off to the estate to live they think. No sooner did they get there, the kids are locked away in the attic where no one knows they exist. Days turns into months and then years. For Cathy, hatred turns into revenge. You have to read it to find out what happens. But I will tell you this much, their mother is a b@#ch and I am being "kind" because when she does to her own children is despicable.
DeliciousStrawberry More than 1 year ago
This wasn't the first VCA book I ever read, but it is definitely one of the best. There are shocking twists in here, but the storytelling is compelling about four kids locked in an attic due to their mother's greed and grandfather's hate. The rest of the series explains more, but you just can't go wrong with this book!
LHedgpeth More than 1 year ago
Flowers in the Attic was the first adult fiction series book that I remember reading. It was on the bestseller shelf of every bookstore and most girls in my high school were reading it, so I decided to give it a try. I was hooked from the first page. Flowers is the story of Cathy, Chris, Cory and Carrie - - four children living the "perfect" life with their golden parents, until their father is killed in a car accident and, penniless, their mother is forced to return home to the parents that disowned her years ago for marrying the children's father. The twist? The parents, particularly the Grandmother, are bitter, zealously religious and glad that their daughter's husband is dead. While the Grandmother knows about the children, the grandfather apparently does not, and in order for their mother to inherit her family's estate (the monstruous Foxworth Hall) and riches, she must pretend that she is childless. Hence, the plan - - the children will stay in the attic of one wing of the massive Foxworth Hall, in hiding, waiting for the ill grandfather to die and leave their mother everything. As with most well-intentioned plans, everything goes awry. What was originally going to be just for a few days, a few weeks or a few months turns into three years. The mother changes before her children's eyes - - becoming materialistic, selfish and gradually distancing herself from them. The Grandmother despises them and employs harsh corporal punishment on them simply for existing, and reminds them daily that they were brought about by sin, according to the Bible, and are evil. Most importantly, Chris and Cathy are allowed to grow up together, with only each other, in a single room. Not surprisingly, they fall in love with each other. How long will they have to wait for the grandfather to die before they are freed? Will the Grandmother ever love them? Accept them? Why won't their mother just leave, with them? Do they have to inherit the money? What is going to happen to them, if Chris is in love with Cathy? Flowers is not a masterpiece of literature - - far from it - - nor is it a trashy dime-store novel. The story is engrossing, the main characters endearing. The pain and suffering of the children, particularly Chris and Cathy, and their longings jump off every page. The horror of what greed and materialism can do is shocking. Where Flowers is the weakest is in the writing. Its not completely shabby but don't open the first page expecting to find Dickens. What you will find is a compelling story, the late 70s/early 80s equivalent of Twilight. Flowers is a great beach or vacation read. Be warned - - once drawn in, you will be investing in the other books in the series (four not including Flowers).
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my gosh! I loved this book so much! And I cried when there was beating by that evil grandmother! And I didnt want the mother to turn mean but she did anyways. Four beautiful innocent children were locked away in an upstairs room far away from society at their grandmother's house. Having to face many challenges such as their twins misunderstandment and their evil grandmother starvation and neglection from their mother. and the older children have no one to love but eachother! Please read this novel and all the others! :o)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tough to read. Very sad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book somewhere in the seventies and everyone couldn't wait to get their hands on it,including me.This book was the one that inspired me to become an avid book reader,I believe I was around 18.I felt as you(DISAPPOINTED)that there seemed to be alot of loose ends at the end.Little did l know that there would be a sequel.I suggest that you purchase it because it will tie up those loose ends.Happy reading guys""~~~~Granny B.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Golly gosh! This book is written at a 6th grade level with adult content. What others decribed as an incestuous relationship turned out to be a rape. The victem relents out of,ahem, love and blames herself for dressing seductively after repeatedly saying that the characters were comfortable being naked around each other. Women should be outraged. The book is full of characters that are flat and stereotypical. The kids are outrageously stupid. The mother is shallow and evil, the grandmother sadistic and angry. The story is long, boring and repetitive. Two words for the author: seek therapy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the series years ago and could not put them down. Good time to reread them. Both movies paled in comparison to the books. (REQUEST: please stop leaving book ratings and reviews if you have not read the books.) (For the inappropriate reviewers...please find another site to dazzle the world with your intellegence, wit, vocabulary, and spelling skills.)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has so much drama and is so good you'll be finished before it keeps you up at night. The second book to this series, Petals in the Wind, is my favorite book of all time and its so good you'll be obsessed with V.C. Andrews. Her books keep you crying, laughing, and wondering what-if....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. It sometimes kind of gross but realllllly good. I absolutely hate the mother. I cant believe she do something like she did. I highlt recommend to anyone.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very well written with plenty of suspense to keep you reading all day and all night long. I strongly suggest this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is the best one ive read. I didnt think id like it ,like the other person my mother told me to read it and i could not put it down ( until my battery died)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is highly recommended for someone that loves twists and drama. I read the book about 10 years ago and still couldn't put it down the second time I read it. It plays with morality and "right and wrong" in a way that is unlike any other book I've read. I definitely give this book two thumbs up.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a shocking and disturbing book! I loved it! I actually watched the movie first and that usually turns me off to reading the books just because I already know what happens but this was not the case! They were so different! They were both great though in their own ways. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
Tudormommy More than 1 year ago
Dark and twisted. I cannot believe the actions of the mother and grandmother! Good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is very hard to stop reading. If you read this one you will want to read the rest if the series!
risuena More than 1 year ago
I first read this book in middle school and recently re-read it. I have to say it's one of those stories you never forget. It's gripping, sweet, sad, everything all in one. You feel for the children, horrified by their situation, empathetic for their choices, always hopeful for their future. The romance can be viewed as wrong and yet you can learn to accept it and feel touched by it. I knocked down one star because I was crazy about it the first time around, but upon the second read, I felt a bit annoyed at Cathy's incessant whining and pessimism.
WICKED-WANDA More than 1 year ago
I will admit that I am old enough to have read this book when it was first released. I loved it then and still love it. I have just re-read it for the 5th time. This book began a lifelong Passion for V.C. Andrews novels. The story is compelling, well written and hard to put down. A great beginning to a wonderful series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. This book takes you on a roller coaster of emotions. i would recomende it to any one who is MATURE....