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08.05.2003

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much the same as others

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Rain is the story of a young girl and the problems she faces in her life. She lives with her parents, her older brother Roy and her sister Beni.

Firstly her dad is a drunk who has been known to hit her mum, they are a poor family and her dad tends to be out of work more than he is in work so her mum works long hours at the local store to make ends meet. Then she finds out that her parents aren’t her birth parents when they have an argument one night.

Her siblings take this in entirely different ways; her brother now sees her as an object of his desire whereas her sister thinks that it makes her different and tells all her friends about her. Her sister is a bit of a rebel and does many things that her mother would not approve of, all of the time Rain is covering for her, it all comes to a head when some boys get hold of photos of Beni in a rather compromising position and decide to blackmail her with them. Rain takes matters into her own and sells some of her own possessions to get the money. When they meet the boys to give them the money things take a turn for the worst and Beni ends up being murdered. At this stage Rains mother decides that she should meet her birth mother and return to her care. Her birth mother is a rich lady and Rains birth was an accident which is the reason she was adopted out to her family.

Her birth mother agrees that Rain should go and live with her grandmother and arranges a cover story for her which works fine. They have various ups and downs but manage to live in harmony for the most, Rain attends a private school where she takes part in the school play and is spotted by an owner of a drama school from London, he offers her a place and she accepts, the rest of the story is continued in the next book which I am still on reading.

This book tends to be the same as all the others, a tale of tragedy, with some sort of incest and a child not living with her birth parents. I long for the day when something different comes out of the Andrews household. All in all a good story but the sense of been there, read that. I would still recommend it to anyone although those who had never read a Virginia Andrews novel may appreciate it more than those who have read some of her others. As the majority of them tend to start with poor girl, something happens to parents and she finds out she has a rich family hidden away somewhere who will take her in but she has to act like a servant girl.

ISBN 0-671-02964-9
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MandyMinx 24.10.2003 14:12

I totally agree with you. I recently read Wildflowers and I have to say that thisd too was a case of different characters, same old story....Mandxx

thingywhatsit 20.10.2003 17:31

sounds like a good read:

GlittzE2001 18.09.2003 16:57

At the moment I am on the fourth book of the Vriginia Andrews Hudson Family Series and these are the best series of books that I have read, unlike what you said I did not find it at all predictable but complete the opposite and found it a page turning book. Ur opinion was good but I found it gave too much of the story away.

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Life isn't easy for Rain Arnold. Unlike her sister, she has battled against the odds to do well at school and to be...

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Author Virginia Andrews
Title Rain
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