Literary Mixtape | Flowers in the Attic

Flowers in the Attic Crop

What Twilight did for the younger generation, Flowers in the Attics by V.C. Andrews did for the previous generation – as in it generated such conversation gems as “at least kids are reading”. I don’t know if that’s true, but I’ve heard it a time or two. Actually, what I’ve heard is it being compared with Harry Potter, but I’m going to pretend I didn’t.

For those of you who don’t know, and there might be someone, somewhere, who doesn’t, it’s the story of four beautiful and perfect children locked away in an attic. This novel is an account of their time.

Anyway, what more is there to say than this, this is why we all read it half in secret, right? (SPOILER ALERT)

And that is where he took me, and forced in that swollen, rigid male sex part of him that had to be satisfied. It drove into my tight and resisting flesh which tore and bled.

Now we had done what we swore we’d never do…

Later, we went out on the roof. Long strings of clouds blew across the face of the full moon, so it would duck and hide, then peek out again. And on the roof, on a night that was made for lovers, we cried in each other’s arms…

‘Don’t hate me, Cathy, please don’t hate me. I didn’t mean to rape you, I swear to God. There’s been many a time when I’ve been tempted, and I was able to turn it off. I’d leave the room, go into the bathroom, or into the attic….

Tight as I could, I wrapped my arms around him. ‘I don’t hate you, Chris,’ I whispered, pressing my head tight against his chest. ‘You didn’t rape me. I could have stopped you if I really wanted to….It was my fault, too.’

The answer? Nothing. So bad, yet so readable.

01. Don’t You (Forget About Me) / Simple Minds**
02. This Loneliness / El Perro del Mar*
03. Hate it Here / Wilco
04. Hold On / Wilson Phillips
05, Lonely Together / Barry Manilow*
06. In My Room / Beach Boys**
07. Crying, Waiting, Hoping / Buddy Holly*
08. I Can’t Make You Love Me / Bon Iver (cover of Bonnie Rait)
09. It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding) /Bob Dylan
10. Mother / John Lennon
11. Most Likely You’ll Go Your Way and I’ll Go Mine / Bob Dylan

Thoughts? Suggestions? Contributions? Did you read this when you were younger? Do tell.

*Contributed by Kate
**Contributed by Kate AND I. Great minds and all.

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