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Broken Flowers (Early Spring, bk 1) (edition 2006)

by V.C. Andrews

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Title:Broken Flowers (Early Spring, bk 1)
Authors:V.C. Andrews
Info:Pocket Star (2006), Mass Market Paperback
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Jordan March begins to develop into womanhood much too early, at the age of 7, in fact. Unfortunately, she's in a V.C. Andrews novel, so this is not the only terrible thing that is about to befall her. Actually, at first her parents seemed pretty nice, and even the "wicked" grandmother wasn't as evil as some Andrews (or even "Andrews") has written, but fans of her work should not worry, as horrifying things begin to befall the family and just stack on top of each other until you can't imagine worse. Seriously, save some tragedy for the next book! Or even the next series!
As always, our young narrator tries hard to sound like a child and relate things that are going on "over her head," but not in a terribly convincing way. Which is probably good, because if the childlike perspective voice was any better the book would probably come off way creepier.
Even though these soap-opera style novels don't tend to serve up anything in the way of new territory or unexpected twists, they're still compelling reading. I'll probably keep buying "Andrews" books until I die...because they probably won't run out of ghostwriters before then. ( )
  EmScape | May 28, 2014 |
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. ( )
  pandareads | May 12, 2011 |
I will NEVER read another V.C. Andrews book again. This book was probably one of the worst books I ever attempted to read. I read about 300 of the 400 pages in hopes that it would get better but I wasted my time in doing so. Let's discuss the plot. Jordan is 6, almost 7 years old and going through puberty at a VERY EARLY AGE! Okay, that isn't that unbelievable. Based on what I've heard and discussed with coworkers, this can happen. What is unbelievable is the fact that Jordan is writing this book from the future and remembering extreme details such as full conversations. I don't care what anyone says, I highly doubt a 6 year old has that good of a memory. The book is written in the typical V.C. Andrews formula: a mean caretaker, a tragic accident, and sick and twisted sexual type abuse. There isn't a likable character in this book, and the fact that Jordan pines away from her mother who is in a coma (how original!!!) is not believable in the least because of how wretched and unlikeable her mother was portrayed. The sequel is coming out soon and let's just say that this book is soon to gather dust before meeting its companion! ( )
  WittyreaderLI | Nov 28, 2006 |
It had been a while since I last read Andrews. I saw Broken Flower in a store and grabbed it up. It was good, but like most new "Andrews" books it seemed watered down compared to her early work. Still a good read. ( )
  aevalfaerie | Nov 28, 2006 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743493885, Mass Market Paperback)

SHE WAS TOO GROWN-UP FOR CHILDISH GAMES.

BUT TOO YOUNG TO BECOME A WOMAN. . . .

Living with her parents and brother in her Grandmother Emma's enormous mansion, Jordan March tries to be a good girl and follow her grandmother's strict rules. But one day, without warning, Jordan's body begins to change -- and everyone notices her in a way that seems dark, dangerous, and threatening. Suddenly the March family secrets are unleashed, and Jordan is ashamed and afraid that her soft curves are unwelcome indeed. Now Grandmother Emma sets out to make Jordan pay for her family's past mistakes, sending her world spinning wildly out of control. . . .

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"Living with her parents and brother in her Grandmother Emma's enormous mansion, Jordan March tries to be a good girl and follow her grandmother's strict rules. But one day, without warning, Jordan's body begins to change--and everyone notices her in a way that seems dark, dangerous, and threatening. Suddenly the March family secrets are unleashed, and Jordan is ashamed and afraid that her soft curves are unwelcome indeed. Now Grandmother Emma sets out to make Jordan pay for her family's past mistakes, sending her world spinning wildly out of control"--P. [4] of cover.… (more)

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