Advantages Good story, one of five books
Disadvantages Not actually V.C
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V.C.Andrews is a very famous author known primarily for her books The 'Dollanganger Family' one of which is titled flowers in the attic. Most of the books under her name come in fives. Four separate stories which somehow wind together to create a fifth. Crystal is no exception and it is the second instalment to the 'Orphans Miniseries'. The others are known as Butterfly, Brooke, Raven and finally Runaways.
Now before I go further I have to break a few hearts. Even though V.C.Andrew is famous for many a book she has personally penned few herself. She did write the whole Dollanganger family series just as she wrote half the Casteel family series and My Sweet Audrina. Apart from this the only thing she contributed was her notes on the idea of a book. A ghost writer fills in her shoes and writes her ideas under her name. He is called Andrew Neiderman. Now I am one to admit that I found this out by accident and without the guidence of someone else I would have never known. Despite that I still feel slightly conned. When I pick up a book with her name on I expect it to be by her, not someone who can write like her. Yet Andrew still carries on her stories well and Crystal is one of the many books I have enjoyed from his handy work.
Crystal is the brightest student in the Orphanage and despite being only eleven has been given a lot of responsibility. She over sees whatever Mr Phillips (one of the workers) asks her and is happy to do so. She is your typical grade A, apple to the teacher student and that is the way she likes it. Crystal also believes that she isn't wanted for two reasons. First being that she isn't four, cute and cuddly and after her prolonged exposure to the world of wanna-be-parents she knows the older you are the less you are worth. The second and most important thing is one she is just about to learn. Her mother was instutionalized at the young age of seventeen and diagnosed as a manic-depressive. Of course all potential parents get to see the records of each child they are interested in.
A good and fun read worth your time-x-
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