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**I just started the third book If There Be Thorns. I must say, one must without a doubt read Petals on the Wind in order for the storyline to knit together. I stand by my review of this book, but it fits together without much confusion since I've began If There be Thorns. Don't become discouraged with Petals on the Wind if it seems confusing. You'll need the background for it all to blend.**
Flowers In a The Attic, even after 30 yrs and reading it twice, still remains among my list of favorites. Petals On The Wind is a book full of twisted revenge, yet suspenseful. You must stick with this book and not become discouraged if it seems as if it's going nowhere. It can be confusing at times, which led to me going back to re-read some parts. The main focus of this book is Cathy seeking revenge on her mother while trying to fulfill her dreams of becoming a primaballerina. It doesn't focus much on Christopher or on Carrie. The confusion is Cathy herself. A confused teen who, in my opinion, doesn't know how to let go of the past while growing into adulthood. This sets her on a path of self-destruction in a way. She's smart and beautiful, but will not let go of the revenge towards her mother. She's also caught up in a tangled web of men fighting for her attention and her giving into the attention. Seducing her mothers new husband, Bart, is part of the revenge, but Cathy falls in love with him. There's Julian, her dance partner, who she's convinced she loves and marries...stays married to him although he's abusive and she justifies his actions in one way or another. Then there's her brother who still loves her and won't let go of the idea that they were meant to be together, sinful or not. Dr Paul, who took the 3 of them in and became a "father figure", made sure they didn't go without, including an education...but somehow Cathy manages to seduce him and a love affair develops between them. The book is scattered and, as I said, it focused on Cathy and the way she goes about life as she sees it and is consumed full of revenge and she continues to plot against her mother. Christopher and Carrie are mentioned, but clearly aren't the main focus. I'll have to admit, the revenge towards her mother at the end did indeed make a wonderful grand entrance. But it seemed after that, the author made a mad dash to tie up the loose ends of the novel which seemed scattered and not well written. However, in order to continue with the series, one must read this book. I'm still left with questions as why the book was written in such a confusing manner. Perhaps the next book in the series will clarify the confusion and this book will become clear as to the way it was put together. I don't regret reading this book and yes, I do recommend it.
After reading the first book (see my review) and then this one the author really should have just ended it after "Flowers in the Attic". This book, "Petals on the Wind" was just plain horrible. The plot was bad and it just got annoying how Cathy kept going on and on and on -- ad nauseam -- about the past and her mother.
Cathy: What cracked me up the most was that for all the complaining she did and stating how she wasn't anything like her mother she sure as heck spent a lot of time trying to act like her!
"I curled my lips into a smile, tilting my head back a bit and looked at him through sleepy eyelids like I had seen momma do."
"My hands went to my necklace in that nervous betraying way that was the habit of momma".
"I swayed my hips seductively as I looked up at him in that way momma did".
What else I found annoying was how every single man that Cathy came in contact with fell instantly in love with her. I got tired of hearing about how beautiful she was "I was at that age where I would walk down the street and men would almost get into accidents as they stared at me through their car windows because I was THAT gorgeous". <gag>.
Oh, and her HAIR! Good God almighty I wanted to rip it out of her skull. "My hair was my pride and joy! I would NEVER get a centimeter cut off of it! I loved my hair, the length, the way it felt, how beautiful it was. I brushed it a trillion times a day until it shone brilliantly! I even taught Paul how to wash it in the way that wouldn't make it knot up." I honestly began to wonder if she was Sampson's sister for all the love she had for her hair. She was, without a doubt, one of the vainest people out there.
Paul: I mean seriously: they walk up onto Paul's front porch and he does the slow once over on her, his eyes traveling from her legs to her face and back down. His eyes were always following her and he stared "lustily" at her and yet when she tried to seduce him he pushed her away. Later on I laughed when he confessed that he "fell in love with her the second he saw her standing on the porch." Please ya perv. She was barely seventeen and he was in his forties!
Juilian: Oh, Julian. Dark haired, beautiful Julian who was thirteenth in a long line of dancers "immediately fell in love with Cathy the second he walked into the studio and saw her dancing". And he spent all of his time whining about how much he loved her and "why can't you just love me Cathy?!" because she was constantly telling him to go away, that she didn't even like him.
And then . . . . she marries him. Why? Because Paul's sister made up some story about his thought-to-be-dead wife and instead of doing what any normal person would do which is confront your lover about what you just heard, what does she do? She runs off and marries Julian! Who -- SURPRISE! -- turns out to be an a-hole who is controlling -- not letting her go see her sister or brother (which I don't blame him because hello? Creepy incest much?) -- beats and rapes her. But wait! It gets better: she leaves him to go see her brother graduate. She goes to the taping of "Giselle" and ends up dancing with him where he breaks her toes because she left him. Then she goes back to their apartment and all of her stuff is trashed. She has a conversation with his mother who basically tells her that he's a big baby who needs a mom and Cathy is the one to be that person and suddenly Cathy realizes: I'VE LOVED HIM ALL ALONG! So to recap: he beats her, controls her, rapes her and in one conversation with his mother she discovers she loves him.Wow. Just. . . . wow.
Bart Winslow: Another character who falls "Madly in love" with Cathy after ONE encounter with her. He's married to her mother and the only reason Cathy is associating with him -- and trying to seduce him -- is to get back at her mother. She wants to steal him away from her to prove . . . . what? I really wasn't sure. Perhaps that she is exactly like her and that he wants someone younger? I really don't know. But again, she proves to be the epitome of an idiot woman. She invites him over to her house, wears a slinky dress that constantly shows her boobs, walks, talks and acts like her mother, gets him hot and bothered and doesn't deliver the goods. This prompts him to -- shockingly (not really) -- RAPE her! She tosses him out of the house, cries, gets mad and avoids him. Until they bump into each other again, go on another date and end up in bed together and then continue to see each other where he confesses that he loves her. And as part of her scheme to get him she becomes pregnant with his baby and basically tells him that was her plan all along, to have his child and now he could go back to his wife.
Brother Chris: I wanted to slap the crap out of him. Oh my GOD would you just stop being such a whipped wuss? She's your SISTER for crying out loud! I can understand, though, why he was so hung up on her because she constantly tormented him and turned him on. "Oh, the next thing I know I'm in Chris's arms and he's kissing me and I'm kissing him back! He slips his hand inside my night gown and I can feel his manliness press against me! I push him away screaming NO! NO! WE CAN'T DO THIS!" Then there are the times she climbs into bed with him and when he starts getting randy and begins to grope her she yells at him that that wasn't why she was there. THEN WHY THE HELL DID YOU CRAWL INTO BED WITH HIM?! And through all of this Paul knows what's going on between them and he THINKS IT'S PERFECTLY FINE! It's NOT! It is NOT fine to have sexual feelings for your SIBLING! Oh and the way he would sulk and be mad at her because she tried to push him away.
Carrie: I actually liked the very small part she had in the book. She was practically written out. I couldn't stand her in the first book and I even in the small parts she had in this one I couldn't stand her. I got tired of hearing about how small she was, how big her head was, how no one liked her and called her a freak (yeah, I get that kids can be cruel but I doubt she had NO friends). And I also find it hard to believe that she never grew. Like ever. Nor did she apparently ever gain any weight because if she did then her head wouldn't be so big. I hate to say it but I was actually happy when she died. Which, of course, Cathy blamed on their mother.
In the end all of the men who loved her die (except Chris of course): Julian commits suicide after being in a horrible car accident where his parents basically told him he would never be able to dance again and that he should just kill himself because he's nothing unless he's dancing.
Paul dies of natural causes. Well, he did have like a hundred "massive heart attacks" but ended up dying peacefully in his chair on the porch.
Bart burns to death when Foxworth Hall burns down after Cathy goes there on Christmas dressed up as -- you guessed it -- her mother in the same outfit that she wore fifteen years before. She goes there to ruin her mother by telling everyone there about how they were locked in the attic and she killed Cory and then in a round about way Carrie too. And of course this is where Bart confesses his love to Cathy and basically says "Yeah, I'll leave your mother for you because you're way more sane than her!" So momma has a nervous break down, runs to the attic, starts a fire and kills her mother and her husband.
In the end Cathy is left with two fatherless children -- Bart's and Julian's -- and ends up living with her own brother as man and wife. Which of course Chris is tickled pink about it but Cathy is as always trying to make him believe that she doesn't love him 'in that way' as she teases him and flirts with him and you know they're sleeping in the same bed. <shudders>
I really don't think I will read the last two books in the series again. If I recall correctly (I downloaded a sample of "If There Be Thorns" ) it's basically just a boring book with Jory and Bart recounting their lives in a journal type manner and in the end Bart ends up being this crazy religious zealot who is a mirror image of what his great-grandfather Malcolm was. If it's half as awful as "Petals on the Wind" was then I'll be happy to save my $7.
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