MY SWEET AUDRINA by V.C. Andrews
ORIGINAL PUB: 1982
GENRE: Contemporary Suspense
SETTING: Virginia, USA
SERIES: Audrina, #1
NARRATION: First person
AUTHOR BIO: link
MY GRADE: C
FROM PUBLISHER: Audrina fiercely desired to be as good as her sister. She knew her father could not love her as he loved that other girl, for her sister was so special, so perfect—and dead.
Upstairs in a locked room awaited her sister’s clothes and dolls, her animals and games—and her sacred rocking chair. Now Audrina will rock and rock and rock to reclaim all of her gone sister’s special gifts.
And then finally she’ll learn the secrets everyone else knows but her.
MY THOUGHTS: This was beyond bizarre. The timespan is about fifteen years and the narration is in first person, told from Audrina Adare's point of view. It was warped, and I prefer that sort of thing, but this didn't do anything for me. Child gang-rape, miscarriages, a retarded child, a seriously disturbed relative, ect. Not one bit of it was plausible. The story should have been under four-hundred pages, not over five-hundred. I thought it would never end, seriously. It was mostly monotonous.
Vera- A slightly older 'relative' of Audrina's. She should have been the star because she was so screwed up psychologically. She was, by far, the worst character in the novel and the only one I liked. She was rotten to the core. The rest were bland, especially Audrina. I've never figured out who paid for her schooling once she left Whitefern, the mansion she grew up in, along with Audrina.
I didn't like or feel the need for the characters Sylvia or Billie. I didn't like that several deaths took place in the same exact way nor did I like the ending.
There was a ghost-written sequel to this 1982 book, published in 2016 called Whitefern but I'm not interested in reading it.
There was also a 2016 Lifetime film based on this novel and the characters of Sylvia and Billie aren't in it. The film was horrible.
There are some really great reviews for this at GoodReads.
I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.