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review SPOILER ALERT! 2018-10-03 13:00
My Sweet Audrina by V.C. Andrews [Mom & Daughter Review]
My Sweet Audrina - V.C. Andrews

 

Every Friday, my husband drops me off at the Half-Priced Bookstore and my mom picks me up when she gets off work. Otherwise, I would not see her often. I bought her this book because she couldn't remember if she read it (she has read other V.C. Andrews books and borrowed mine when I was a teenager!) My Sweet Audrina is a "Stand-Alone" novel V.C. Andrews wrote before passing away in 1986. In 2016, Andrew Neiderman, the ghostwriter hired to carry on V.C. Andrews name wrote a sequel.

 

List of V.C Andrews Books [and which are ghostwritten!]

 

This is a weird way to review, but hopefully, you go with it. I had a very special moment where I randomly had a book talk with my mom on Facebook and I wanted to share it. It is a memory I want to keep! This will contain spoilers! I advise you to please read the book before reading this. Unless you have no desire to or don't mind spoilers.

 

Be warned, I am putting a bunch of photos to show the kind of goofy person my mom is <3

 

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The whole interaction started with me posting this:

 

 

Mom: I finished my book, I need the next one!!

 

Leigha: The Audrina one? I need to read the second one, too. I'm a little put off that it is by a ghostwriter and may or may not be how VC Andrews wanted the story to go.

Mom: Yes! That's very true but I want to read it anyway...The one I just read was sooo good!

Leigha: Were you mad at the ending like I was?!

 

Mom: Yes, that's not how I thought it would end...

Leigha: I was so annoyed with Audrina! I know she cares about her sister, but part of me just wanted her to leave! I get why she stayed and I probably would have to if I was in her shoes and had a seemingly helpless person to look after.

Mom: I couldn't believe she was going to leave without her!!

 

Leigha: Sylvia refused to go and she knew her dad wouldn't hurt Sylvia. However, I think Sylvia threatened to jump from the tower thing and that is why Audrina stayed. I think Sylvia is to blame for some of the deaths in the house. Or partly to blame for accidents that ended in death. I also think she knows more/is smarter than they give her credit for.

Mom: Same, she was smarter than everyone thought. Vera was awful, I disliked her throughout the whole story.

Leigha: Yeah, but she is a tragic case. She had the brittle bone thing and was always hurt/sick/in the hospital and was neglected and knew her birth father refused to accept her as his daughter. That's got to mess you up.

 

Mom: True, but Audrina was never mean to her and she treated her so hateful. Jealousy, I suppose, but she could've had a friend in Audrina if she would've only treated her kinder.

Leigha: Yeah, which is something else that makes it so tragic. Vera was very close to having a friend (a sister by blood), but she let her childhood jealously fester. She knew they were sisters and that her father adores Audrina to the point of making up the whole lie about "first Audrina" being the one to get attacked and "killed" so Audrina would forget her memories. Vera had jealousy and probably mental health problems, depression and trauma from the way she was treated/neglected by her father. I think it is so sad that Vera died and they never got the chance to reconcile. I'm not sure Vera would want to after what she was going to do to Audrina, but still... Vera at least needed medical help for her mental health. I mean she went crazier over time and was going to let Audrina die.

Mom: I agree. Her own mother wasn't very loving towards her either.

 

Leigha: I think her mother held resentment toward Vera. She also didn't seem the type to know how to properly show her love. She loved Audrina's(and Vera) father so much (who can understand why!?) and when Audrina's mother died, she let him use her no matter how much it hurt her. Another sad case. This book was full of people with tragic backstories.

Mom: Yes, it was. I really want to see how the ghostwriter finishes Audrina's story.

Leigha: It is called Whitefern and looks like a doozy. Don't read the whole description. I think it gives too much away. It was published in 2016, so way after VC Andrews died. The reviews are really bad for this one. People are mad that the ghostwriter (and the publishers) are still piggybacking off VC Andrew's name and popularity.

 

Mom: Yeah, I just saw some of those reviews! I don't think any I saw were good! Oh no...

Leigha: I liked some of his ghostwritten books (back before I knew they were ghostwritten.) But people claim the more this man ghostwrites for VC Andrews, the worse he gets.

Mom: I'll just have to see for myself.

 

So will we like the ghostwritten sequel? The world may never know because we can't find a copy and I like to buy most of my books used in the wild (at the local HPB)

 

I believe if my mom did ratings, she would have given this a gushin5-star rating.

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review 2018-08-01 22:27
Ghostwritten
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell

I f3elt this book was pure garbage. In fact I created a file just for it - Garbage. What a waste of time.

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review 2015-01-25 14:30
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

Ghostwritten is one of those books that lingers in your mind long after you have finished reading it. It's made of nine stories, placed in different places in the world. The narrators are so different people, with so varying pasts and futures that on the surface there is no connection between them. But until the very last page you know that what brings them together is chance. Indeed, this is a novel based upon the idea of chance.

 

Full review at http://thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr/2015/01/ghostwritten-by-david-mitchell.html

Source: thereadingarmchair.blogspot.gr/2015/01/ghostwritten-by-david-mitchell.html
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review 2014-08-29 18:34
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell
Ghostwritten by David Mitchell

bookshelves: published-1999, japan, autumn-2010
Read from October 08, 2010 to August 29, 2014

 

This has sucked me in straight away. I heart David Mitchell and it's not just that I am reading it before sleep that some images (and the toons as well of course) pervade my dreams, it is more to do with Mitchell's word painting. Take that moment (in 3. Hong Kong, if my memory serves me right) where a head fractures into those easter egg pieces or how about that moment he listened to Blackbird from the White Album; he had heard it before but hadn't listened and is blown away by its beauty.

Mitchell doesn't just write books, he puts impressions onto paper that speak directly into the right side of our brains. Oh, and did I mention that it has nine sections that are really ten, perhaps to signify that life in all its coexisting facets is bigger and weirder than the sum of its parts - and remember that #9 is BIG in Japanese doojah-ology.
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review 2014-03-05 23:30
Ghostwritten
Ghostwritten - David Mitchell

This is a hard book to rate because, let's be honest, it's David Mitchell: that's an automatic 5-star rating there. But knowing that it's David Mitchell, I find this book a little lacking. It's his first novel; it's not perfect. Despite its imperfections, however, it still destroys most of its competition. I certainly couldn't have written it. So it deserves all five stars.

If you've read only one Mitchell novel, it's likely you've read his third, Cloud Atlas. Ghostwritten is Cloud Atlas, Junior. It is Cloud Atlas taking its first steps, burying its face in a birthday cake, making it through its first day of school, playing at the park, kissing the neighbor girl, surviving its first day in junior high, learning to drive, and attending prom with the girl with a comet-shaped birthmark. Cloud Atlas is everything Ghostwritten hoped to become. But it was Mitchell's first and, as such, he tried to cram a lot in here. Maybe that's just David Mitchell—he does try to fit much into all of his stories—but here it feels a bit forced at times. It’s all about interconnectedness, but sometime the connections are a little too flimsy. Sometimes the style Mitchell employs to tell his story is strained. Sometimes the narrative voice is a little too shaky. And once—dare I even say it—Mitchell switches verb tense for an entire section for no reason. It’s almost like he just… made a mistake.

But putting all that behind us, Ghostwritten is a brilliant novel. It’s intelligent, thought-provoking, and fun. Though not as grand as Cloud Atlas, it utilizes the same variety in place, method, and voice. And best of all, it connects us to Mitchell’s other works—the Cavendishes, Luisa Rey, Neal Brose, and a certain birthmark all make an appearance. It’s an ambitious work from a very ambitious author. Ironically, I’d say my favorite episode from this novel is the least ambitious, that being “Tokyo”; it was interesting and full of heart without trying as hard as the other stories.

I really like David Mitchell. I wouldn’t say he’s my favorite living author because I think there are other writers who can capture my heart and mind without gimmicks—which is exactly what Mitchell employs in his works, albeit with exceptional skill—but his works certainly keep me more riveted than any other writer does. I look forward to the next.

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