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Book Title: Crystal|
The author of the book: V.C. Andrews
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 857 KB
ISBN 13: 9780671020309
Date of issue: June 1st 1998
Read full description of the books:Summary: Crystal is a little over eleven years old. She's been an orphan since birth. Once she'd snuck a peek at her file and was horrified to learn that her Mother had been diagnosed as a manic depressive at a young age and tried to commit suicide a few times before being admitted to a mental facility. While there she was raped by an attendant who's identity was never known. That was her heritage and Crystal felt sick.
And it seemed as though every set of potential parents that came to look at her were scared off by her brilliance and out spoken way with words. They always seemed to feel stupid while in her presence. Until Thelma and Karl Morris came to see her. They said she was just the kind of child they had been looking for and took her home right away.
Thelma was very open right away with Crystal and tried hard to make her feel at hom. Karl was a little quieter but also expressed his happiness to have her as part of the family.
The only problem was after Thelma and Karl had had a miscarriage she had become obsessed with her soap operas where she could pretend to live happily through her fantasy characters on screen. Karl told Crystal that he hoped she could help Thelma come back to reality.
Crystal had freedom and love from her new parents and Grandparent. She even made new friends. Amanda was a shy girl at school that could potentially become a close best friend. Something Crystal had never had before, and then there was Bernie.
He was a smart boy that shared Crystals love of knowledge. They even shared a few kisses that could have led to a relationship, something else crystal had never experienced.
But then suddenly both Thelma and Karl die in a terrible care accident and Crystal's world and hopes are shattered once again. Then she's sent back to another orphanage. This one seems nicer than the others but still she wishes the Morris's were still alive.
She meets her roommate named Janet, a pretty girl that wants to be a ballerina some day. She hopes that maybe things won't be so bad after all.
Thoughts: Again, really short. Kinda felt unsatisfied when this one was over and not in a good way like "I can't wait to read the next one", but more like... really.. that's it huh?
Read information about the authorBooks published under the following names - Virginia Andrews, V. Andrews, Virginia C. Andrews & V.C. Endrius. Books since her death ghost written by Andrew Neiderman, but still attributed to the V.C. Andrews name
Virginia Cleo Andrews (born Cleo Virginia Andrews) was born June 6, 1923 in Portsmouth, Virginia. The youngest child and the only daughter of William Henry Andrews, a career navy man who opened a tool-and-die business after retirement, and Lillian Lilnora Parker Andrews, a telephone operator. She spent her happy childhood years in Portsmouth, Virginia, living briefly in Rochester, New York. The Andrews family returned to Portsmouth while Virginia was in high school.
While a teenager, Virginia suffered a tragic accident, falling down the stairs at her school and incurred severe back injuries. Arthritis and a failed spinal surgical procedure forced her to spend most of her life on crutches or in a wheelchair.
Virginia excelled in school and, at fifteen, won a scholarship for writing a parody of Tennyson's Idylls of the King. She proudly earned her diploma from Woodrow Wilson High School in Portsmouth. After graduation, she nurtured her artistic talent by completing a four-year correspondence art course while living at home with her family.
After William Andrews died in the late 1960's, Virginia helped to support herself and her mother through her extremely successful career as a commercial artist, portrait painter, and fashion illustrator.
Frustrated with the lack of creative satisfaction that her work provided, Virginia sought creative release through writing, which she did in secret. In 1972, she completed her first novel, The Gods of the Green Mountain [sic], a science-fantasy story. It was never published. Between 1972 and 1979, she wrote nine novels and twenty short stories, of which only one was published. "I Slept with My Uncle on My Wedding Night", a short fiction piece, was published in a pulp confession magazine.
Promise gleamed over the horizon for Virginia when she submitted a 290,000-word novel, The Obsessed, to a publishing company. She was told that the story had potential, but needed to be trimmed and spiced up a bit. She drafted a new outline in a single night and added "unspeakable things my mother didn't want me to write about." The ninety-eight-page revision was re-titled Flowers in the Attic and she was paid a $7,500 advance. Her new-generation Gothic novel reached the best-seller lists a mere two weeks after its 1979 paperback publication by Pocket Books.
Petals on the Wind, her sequel to Flowers, was published the next year, earning Virginia a $35,000 advance. The second book remained on the New York Times best-seller list for an unbelievable nineteen weeks (Flowers also returned to the list). These first two novels alone sold over seven million copies in only two years. The third novel of the Dollanganger series, If There Be Thorns, was released in 1981, bringing Virginia a $75,000 advance. It reached No. 2 on many best-seller lists within its first two weeks.
Taking a break from the chronicles of Chris and Cathy Dollanganger, Virginia published her one, and only, stand-alone novel, My Sweet Audrina, in 1982. The book welcomed an immediate success, topping the sales figures of her previous novels. Two years later, a fourth Dollanganger novel was released, Seeds of Yesterday. According to the New York Times, Seeds was the best-selling fiction paperback novel of 1984. Also in 1984, V.C. Andrews was named "Professional Woman of the Year" by the city of Norfolk, Virginia.
Upon Andrews's death in 1986, two final novels--Garden of Shadows and Fallen Hearts--were published. These two novels are considered the last to bear the "V.C. Andrews" name and to be almost completely written by Andrews herself.
Her novels were so successful that after her death her estate hire
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