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The Unwelcomed Child Mass Market Paperback – 21 Jan 2014

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (21 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1451650892
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451650891
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.5 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,052,849 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

With the publication of her first novel, FLOWERS IN THE ATTIC, Virginia Andrews became a bestselling phenomenon. Since then, readers have been captivated by more than forty novels in the Virginia Andrews' series. Her novels have sold over 100 million copies worldwide and been translated into 22 languages. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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By M on 3 May 2014
Format: Paperback
Aha. Here's another shoddy book produced by a ghostwriter and a publishing company that are milking a dead woman's name for profit. With over 70 books under VCA's name, and only 8 books written/finished by her (including her sci-fi book) 70+ is waaaaaaaaaaaay overkill. But not when money is involved, amirite?

The characters of the grandparents are OVERKILL. Abuse and authortarianism exist in real life and there are children worse off than Elle, and the grandparents are obviously designed after Malcolm and Olivia Foxworth, another pair of religious lunatics. However, the Flowers in the Attic series was compelling and well-written, and we're given prequels that explain Malcolm and Olivia's behavior (Malcolm's diary in If There be Thorns, and Olivia's story in Garden of Shadows) That horrible witch of a grandmother even starves Elle if she misses a spot in cleaning, and tortures her by making her clean in the kitchen so she smells bacon and eggs while not being allowed to have any of it. The grandfather is a wee bit nicer, but he still stands by and lets his wife treat their granddaughter like garbage.

It's easy to sympathize with Elle here, and that is something I've not felt in a Neiderman book in a long while. I hated Celeste, Loreliei, Amber, and Semantha for being spineless ninnies, and other characters I didn't much care for like Emmie. But Elle was someone I could feel bad for given her upbringing, and her naivete can be forgiven for that reason.
What really disturbed me here is that Elle is told that when she is older, she will understand her treatment and even forgive her grandparents.

... Really? Being denied breakfast while having to smell it cooking several feet away and this `punishment' wasn't in any way warranted?
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Format: Hardcover
From the cover copy: "Elle Edwards grew up believing that because of her mother's sinful ways she was born without a soul..."

Yet in the prologue we are informed that Deborah was raped, resulting in Elle's conception. Because rape victims are "sinful"? (NOTE: I choose to believe all the shaming in these novels is to show that the characters doing the blaming are awful people. Authors are separate from their characters.)

From page 21: "I gathered that my mother was far from the perfect child in their eyes and that the man who had raped her was obviously pure evil, if not the devil himself. But if she were a better person, he wouldn't have been so drawn to her [...] Not only was I fathered by a rapist, but I also had a mother who was more evil than most girls her age."

On the bright side, at least the rapist is blamed somewhat. On the bad side, THIS IS STILL VICTIM-BLAMING.

Look, I don't know much about the mindset of strict, conservative parents, but... Why would you home-school someone when they're YOUNGER, instead of when they are most likely to "sin"? Sending someone to school-outside-the-home for the first time when they're fifteen doesn't make sense in this context.

From page 238: "There are rapes, and there are rapes."

AW, HELL NO! There are rapes. Period. Full-stop. Rape is rape, whether it's by a stranger or someone you know. Whether you've flirted with them or not. Whether you're sober or unconscious. RAPE IS RAPE. The scenarios may differ, but the end result is the same.

From page 250: "...but my parents have always been active professionals, my father the lawyer and my mother with her decorating business."

Mason and Claudine Spenser are Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield!
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
THE UNWELCOMED CHILD is the latest stand alone novel from V.C.Andrews. The storyline focuses on fifteen year old Elle Edwards-a virtual prisoner hiding in plain sight-from the world around her. Raised by her fanatically religious grandmother and long-suffering grandfather, Elle knows little about the real world other than what has been instilled by a grandmother with issues of religion, sex and Satan. Told from Elle's POV, The Unwelcomed Child is a study in psychological, emotional and physical abuse perpetrated against a child for the sins of the mother.

The premise follows Elle as she reflects back on the only life she has ever known. Believing she is the product of a rape, Elle has been forced, by her religious grandmother, to atone for the sins of her mother. For most of her life, Elle has never known love, friendship, or the realities of life until the summer of her fifteenth year- she will meet and become friends with two vacationing teens who show her there is more to life than cleaning and praying before a statue of God.

THE UNWELCOMED CHILD is a storyline similar to many of V.C. Andrews' previous novels and series (e.g. Flowers in the Attic) as well as the noticeable comparisons to Stephen King's `Carrie'. The conflict between parent and child bleeds from one generation to the next. The religious ideals of purity and sex, evil and Satan have been drilled into a child who is innocent about the truth and the reality of the world. It is only when she meets two other teens does she finally realize that there may be more to her story than she has been told.

The bulk of the storyline encompasses a few months in the life-a summer of firsts: first taste of freedom; first friend; first kiss and a few more.
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