Friday, January 8, 2016

My Sweet Audrina - Book Review

V.C. Andrews sure does know how to write a story about truly bizarre families. My Sweet Audrina, a novel originally published in 1982, is just one of those cra-cra stories.

The story is about a little girl named Audrina who isn't allowed to leave her home, who doesn't actually know how old she is or what time of year it is, and who is forced to rock in the rocking chair of her deceased older sister (also named Audrina) in order to gain her sister's "gifts".

Along with Audrina's parents Lucietta and Damian, Audrina also lives with her aunt Ellsbeth and Ellsbeth's daughter Vera. (Another kid comes along later.) Everybody in the house knows some big secret, or rather multiple big secrets, but Audrina is the only one who doesn't know what's really going on and it makes her think she's crazy.

Throughout the book, she grows up, falls in love, and continues to struggle with what is real and what is fiction under the roof of her childhood home.

If you read this book back in the day and liked it, you'll be pleased to know that Lifetime is turning it into a movie airing TOMORROW, Saturday, January 9. Check your local Lifetime station for air times.

You'll also be pleased to know that there is a sequel to this book being published this summer. I'm sure a review copy will be sent to me, and I'll let you guys know how it is.

In terms of THIS book, well, it's very dated. I don't know specifically what time period this story is supposed to have taken place, but it must be in the 60s or 70s. The women are all submissive to the men, and the men are insensitive and act like they know everything. The dialogue is also completely unbelievable and tiring.

And then there's the whole storyline of the "gifts" of the first Audrina. I kept waiting for this book to take a supernatural turn or for there to be some sort of magic happening, but nothing of the sort happened. Trust me. When you find out what the real "gifts" are at the end of the book, you'll be totally disappointed.

I can't say I would recommend this weirdo book. And I don't have cable, so even if I wanted to watch the TV movie version of it, I can't. I'm probably not missing out on much.

I'm being pretty nice to this book, I think. For a fuller review that will save you the time from actually having to read the book, check out this review from the site Forever Young Adult. It's pretty funny and includes pictures!

My Sweet Audrina is published by Pocket Books and is on bookstore shelves now. I received a free review copy for my honest review.

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