So it was kind of a relief to find myself thinking "This is OFFENSIVELY bad" on a regular basis as I read the sequel. The kids from Flowers have managed to run away from the attic they were trapped in for so many years. These are white kids in need, after all.) She persuades them to let her take them to her "doctor-son, who is very best doctor." This is written in a note -- the woman can hear, but can't speak. Ew. Doctor-Son White Guy is thrilled to see the kids. This is a V.C. Andrews novel, after all.) He sees these beautiful, mysterious, haunted-looking children as a godsend -- a ready-made family he can love and care for. I'm not trying to sound slut-shamey, because it's not about how many guys she, ahem, engages with in this book. She forgives sexism, rape, abuse of every kind, and a guy who swears she's the love of his life but cheats on her nonstop. It had hurt at first when I found out, but now I knew he used those girls like he used paper napkins, to casually toss away when soiled, and back he'd come to me, to say he loved me, needed me, and I was the only one. Okay, maybe not worse, but it stays at that level of icky-creep throughout. Well, maybe you should read this book after all. And then you can also learn that "an aggressive, domineering woman is one of God's most fearsome creatures." Cathy is told this after she explains that she wants to learn some skills to see her through life so she'll always be able to take care of her children even if she's left on her own.
We now follow Cathy to South Carolina with her gross brother and little sister who didn't die of arsenic poisoning (almost did though). Cathy ends up sleeping with the doctor who's like 40 years older than her and then running away to become a ballerina.
Book Review 4 of 5 stars to Petals on the Wind, the 2nd novel in the "Dollanganger" series written in 1980 by V.C. Andrews. It all started with the attic in the first book, but it set a series of event that would have disastrous impacts for years to come. When you finished the first book, you thought there couldn't be anything more shocking in this family than two cousins falling in love and having children. this was a fairly close second and follow-up book in the series. Thanks for stopping by.
Are you a male that treats her like garbage? Are you a male that has something to do with her mother? Look out, she's (view spoiler)going to seduce you and then have your baby as a way to get back at her mother.....
After a memorable first novel in the series, I found myself wanting to know more about these Dollangangers, particularly after they escaped their prison-like situation in the attic. After escaping from the attic, Chris, Cathy, and Carrie find themselves heading South, in hopes of making it to Florida. Chris speeds through school and attends college before entering medical school, Cathy is able to study ballet at one of the great schools in the region before moving to New York to pursue her passion full-time, while Carrie stays close to home and develops a strong connection with her new father. While Carrie is determined that she will love only him forever more, their relationship does not enter the sexual realm. With revenge still on their minds, Chris, Cathy, and Carrie plot to find their beloved mother and grandmother, vowing to bring them what they have coming, no matter what it takes. While I am not sure I can recommend the series to any particular group, those readers with an open mind may find something interesting in the layers of scandal that occur throughout. While the opening novel in the series, Flowers in the Attic, was one I recently read for a reading challenge (see below), I found myself curious to see how the story would continue. I will be the first to admit that even with an open mind, it is hard to sit idly by while reading and learn of her lust for a brother (Chris), a surrogate father (Paul), and a lover/eventual husband (Julian) without cringing. Andrews weaves many of these sexual relationships together and Cathy justifies them all as having been emotionally and physically starved while locked in the attic.
I love this particular book. I thought the initial book in the series, Flowers in the Attic was good. This confession was prompted by a NPR segment called My Guilty Pleasure, in which a respectable person admits to loving Flowers in the Attic.
It was so horrible, and yet I had to finish it because I can never leave a book unfinished. Cathy talks for 400-something pages about the revenge she is going to get on her mother...and she has all of these random run-ins with her and doesn't do anything.
Cathy is so terrible and manages to drag down this entire book. Cathy, Chris, and Carrie do indeed escape the attic, and somehow get taken in by a kind doctor in SC and his housekeeper. What is not fine is **SPOILERS TO FOLLOW**: how Cathy strings along her doctor, Paul, and her brother, Chris, for absolutely ages. Cathy ends up having Bart's child, marries Paul, who has by now suffered from several heart attacks, and then dies soon after. And finally, Cathy ends up with Chris.
Books published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school. Her new-generation Gothic novel reached the bestseller lists a mere two weeks after its 1979 paperback publication by Pocket Books. Petals on the Wind, her sequel to Flowers, was published the next year, earning Virginia a $35,000 advance. The second book remained on the New York Times bestseller list for an unbelievable nineteen weeks (Flowers also returned to the list).