” Way upstairs there are
four secrets hidden.
Blond, beautiful, innocent
struggling to stay alive.”
***** 5 Stars *****
This a story about four innocent beautiful children who were locked up by their grandmother and mother in the attic after their father died. Their mother’s marriage to their father was such a disgrace and sinful that in order for their mother to win back her father’s love ( and win her way back into his will ) she must return back home to ask for forgiveness, pay her sin and show that she never bore any children from that marriage. Over the course of 3-4 years, the children were imprisoned alone in that attic with no one to hold on to but each other. A grim tale to say the least.
I read this book 5 years ago and I have always wanted to see the movie. I finally saw the movie ( 1987 version ) last night and it reminded me how good this book really was. Good in the sense that its very raw and twisted. A twisted dark fairy tale, not the happy sunshine type of fairy tale, but nevertheless it is a story that is so evil that you can only think of it to exist in an imaginary world. The narrator is a 11-12 year old little girl. A girl that has yet to reach womanhood and was left behind to take care of herself, her little sister and little brother, along with her older brother who is only 14. It comes to show us that children are really in the mercy of their parents. It is not too far from reality in how their mother and grandmother treated them so badly. I am sure there are worse cases right now with children being mistreated by the people they care about. I don’t want to give any spoilers out in this review. I want you to find out how dark and twisted this book really is. But you have to be open minded about everything before you read it. You have to set aside all your paranoia, judgement and emotion or else you would not appreciate the rawness of this book. The story is not something you could even comprehend in reality. It is so original and probably one of my favorite books of all time.
She is the perfect little princess you read about in stories. Perfect hair, perfect skin and of course so beautiful. I loved Brooke Shields back in the 80s. She was so pretty and I can picture Cathy to be the young Brooke.
“Love … I put so much faith in it. Truth … I kept believing it falls always from the lips of the one you love and trust the most. Faith … it’s all bound up to love and trust. Where does one end and the other start, and how do you tell when love is the blindest of all?”
Chris is strikingly handsome with long, waving blond hair that just touched his shoulders, then curled upward. ( From Petals on the Wind ) If you have been reading my old posts, you should have an idea who this is. This is a younger picture of Alex Pettyfer. Everytime I read a character with long blonde hair I always picture him.
Cory and Carrie Dollanganger. I chose the Jolie-Pitts for the twins. They were about four when they were in the attic.
The Grandparents mansion. Looks perfect outside but held the most terrifying secrets.
** paper flowers
“It is so appropriate to color hope yellow, like the sun we seldom saw. And as I begin to copy from the old memorandum journals that I kept for so long, a title comes as if inspired. ‘Open the Window and Stand in the Sunshine.’ Yet, I hesitate to name our story that. For I think of us more as flowers in the attic.”
This is a story of innocence, love, hate, greed, lust, betrayal and survival. A different take on a “coming of age,” adolescence type of book.
** soundtrack **
1. Jack White – LOVE interruption
2.Passenger – Let HER Go
3. A Great Big World – Say Something
4. Rihanna – What Now
5. Eminem - The Monster
** A real F@*ked up story that you will remember forever.
“Love doesn’t always come when you want it to. Sometimes it just happens, despite your will.”