Snark #Review: Flowers in the Attic

192680Flowers in the Attic (Dollanganger #1) by V.C. Andrews

Published: August 2nd 2005
Publisher
: Gallery Books
Paperback: 400 pages
Genre: YA, Horror
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I went straight to sleep after finishing this book late last night and it actually gave me nightmares!
I was trapped in a room desperately trying to keep a pot plant alive and no matter what I did it kept wilting and dying.

I first read this book when I was 12 years old and the story of 4 children being kept prisoner in an attic by their Mother and Grandmother has always stuck with me. And I suppose the theme of incest left an impression on my young mind. Now reading it a 30 I enjoyed the book but for entirely different reasons.

A book that I thought was all about incest (and it is a bit) is actually about the heartbreaking abuse of children and how their childhood is taken from them, the things they are forced to do to survive and the way their relationships change. And I actually thought that the author handled the sensitive subject of incest with a surprisingly delicate hand, it was certainly more sad then salacious.

What I don’t remember from my first read was how much I truly HATED the mother and grandmother!
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The grandmother is in my opinion obviously an insane religious fanatic and there was more then one occasion where I wanted to reach into the book and bitch slap her into oblivion. But while she is the initial villain and never redeems herself in any way my true hatred is reserved for the mother.
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The manipulative, lying, money grabbing whore! (I had to vent.)

I have to be honest with you and say that my whole perception of this book is slightly skewed by the rose tinted glasses of my youth. First impressions always count.

But let’s be real for a moment-
Was this book well written? Not really.
Was some of the dialogue totally cringe worthy? Good golly day! Yes
Was the book hard to get into at first? Yes!
Were some of the characterizations overly dramatized? Lord Yes!

But despite all its flaws the plot still sucked me in, the characters still made me feel genuine emotions and I was truly engrossed. This might not “technically” be a good book but I did enjoy reading it. And that’s what really counts right?

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  • Ahhh ok I HAD to comment because I first read this book when I was 12, too! And I feel like that’s not the normal age to read this? The incest was also the thing that stuck out to me. Though I think I was more scarred by the fact that my mother was the one who recommended the book to me than I was by the scene itself lol. Part of me is tempted to read it again just for the reasons you mentioned, so see how differently I might view the book now.

    • Sugar & Snark

      Seeing your and Snark’s views on this book, I think it is time I read it!

  • Wren

    WOW this book sounds intense. Nightmares? :O
    I’ve had this on my shelf for a while, I might move it closer to the top of my to-read pile. Thanks for the heads-up on the negatives as well, though, especially about the book being hard to get into.

    Wren @ http://fortheloveofbooksreviews.blogspot.ca/

  • Lisa Mandina

    This is one of my favorite books of all time. I also read it at about the age of 12!! Great review!

  • I remember way back when my sister and brother read all three books. I would like to read them, I did see the movie and didn’t care for it. My sister insisted that the book is was better and I must read it. Glad you did enjoy reading it, and yes that’s what counts! Have a wonderful day.

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