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Broken Flower (Early Spring, Bk 1)
Broken Flower - Early Spring, Bk 1
Author: V. C. Andrews
SHE WAS TOO GROWN-UP FOR CHILDISH GAMES. — BUT TOO YOUNG TO BECOME A WOMAN. . . . — Living with her parents and brother, Ian, in her Grandmother Emma's enormous mansion, Jordan March tries to be a good girl and follow her grandmother's strict rules. It's easy for Jordan to hide in the shadows -- between Ian's brilliant, all-consuming talents for s...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780743493888
ISBN-10: 0743493885
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 400
Rating:
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3.9 stars, based on 84 ratings
Publisher: Pocket Star
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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Typical V.C. Andrews book. Storyline is good and it kept my interest throughout. Quick read.
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Not as good as previous books by Andrews. I found this to be rather slow.
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Forty-seven pages in and I was confused. The poor little girl of a main character was only six years old and had gotten her first period. Her mother did the right thing by contacting a doctor to see why her daughter had early-onset puberty and what could be done about it, but then when it came time to tell Jordan's father they seemed overly concerned about not telling Jordan's grandmother. Why would her grandmother be so appalled that Jordan had some sort of hormone problem? Being sick shouldn't make you some kind of an outcast with your own family, or anyone for that matter. That's something I just couldn't wrap my head around...

Then things got a little creepy, awkward, and even more creepy. Suddenly, Grandma learns about the problem and it seems there is some mysterious connection between Jordan her her Grandmothers sister, her great-aunt Francis, which it seems we won't learn about until the second and final novel in this short series.

The plot was interesting, to say the least, and well thought-out, and the characters, even Jordan's character, had depth, feeling, and points-of-view. I think Jordan was just a little girl who wanted to have a normal life while everything around her was crumbling.

Absolutely nothing happy happened in this novel and by the end a little girl's life as she knew it was destroyed. Thankfully for V.C. Andrews, a book doesn't have to be happy for it to be good. I think most V.C. Andrews books are shelved with YA, but I found this one in the adult fiction section. I have to say, it was appropriately shelved. I wouldn't recommend this novel for anyway under sixteen.
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This book was very good. This is the 1st book i've read from her. very fast read. I kept reading to find out whats going to happen next.
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I have been reading V.C Andrews for over 20 years. In fact, my first "adult" book I picked out when I was 11 years old was V.C Andrews' book Heaven, the first in the Casteel series. So, needless to say, my expectations were high, and my hopes were even higher.

Jordan March is your typical 6 year old girl, except she lives in a very large and beautiful mansion that is lorded over by her grandmother. Her mother, father, and brother, Ian, also live there along with her. Suddenly, Jordan's life turns upside down when at that young age she gets her first menstrual cycle. Her mother, in fear that her grandmother will think she is a freak, hides it from her while her father buries his head in a hole pretending it didn't happen. Her grandmother, however, soon finds out and takes over her medical treatment to help stunt the hormonal imbalance.

Shortly into the book, Jordan's mother finds out that her father has been having an affair with a woman and she calls for a divorce. Her grandmother, not having that in the slightest, goes to talk with her mother and she agrees after several veiled threats to end the divorce proceedings. During that time where her parents were supposedly patching things up, they are in a terrible car accident on their way home, finding out Jordan's brother, Ian, was molesting her.

No it doesn't get any happier.

After her parents are both taken to the hospital, her father paralyzed, her mother in a coma brain damaged, Jordan and Ian are sent back to the mansion with a nanny, who is a terrible and nasty woman further damaging poor Jordan in nightmarish ways that are reminiscent to old nun horror stories.

It still doesn't get any happier.

Ian, who I figured out to be a total sociopath, throws a hissy fit and poisons the nanny with strychnine while she sleeps therefore getting sent away to a home for the juvenile criminally insane.

That's about all I can say story wise without giving away where this book in the series ends. However, I'd like to add a few things before you think about reading this book; this book deals with child sexuality both with Jordan going through puberty and being molested by two different people, like with all of the V.C Andrews books there is no happy ending and probably never will be, and it's written by a ghost writer since the woman died, well, years ago.

I have read some critics getting in a tizzy over the child sexuality thing but a point to make here again is that all of her books have dealt with this before in some way or another. Maybe not so blatantly or so young, but it's been there. So, if you are a little faint of heart about this subject matter I don't recommend this author at all. Flowers in the Attic was a good example of this. Heads up, in the end of that particular series, Cathy marries her brother Chris and has children with him so I don't exactly see what the fuss is about here. If you can stomach that, you can stomach this.
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I really enjoyed this book. I can't wait to read the next one.

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