Cannonball Read book #2 down for the count! A friend and I decided to do the Murderino Reading Challenge 2018 that My Favorite Murder shared on their Instagram recently and settled on My Sweet Audrina since that was what Karen and Georgia decided to read together recently.
Here’s a quick summary care of Amazon: “The idea of her sister hovered above them all. Audrina fiercely desired to be as good as her sister. She knew her father could not love her as he loved that other girl, for her sister was so special, so perfect—and dead. Upstairs in a locked room awaited her sister’s clothes and dolls, her animals and games—and her sacred rocking chair. Now Audrina will rock and rock and rock to reclaim all of her gone sister’s special gifts. And then finally she’ll learn the secrets everyone else knows but her.”
That description really gives no real indication of what this book is actually about and I just do not know what to think or what to say here. This book was a chore to get through, for sure. The story was engaging (batshit crazy?) enough that I wanted to finish it to figure out what the hell was going on. But it was such a slog. I read pretty quickly generally and I felt like I was sprinting through this one to finish it so I could know the resolution and be done with this forever.
I never got into V.C. Andrews as a kid/teenager like a lot of people I know and reading this book reminded me why… Honestly, there are a lot of people who love the works of V.C. Andrews generally and this book specifically – if you’re one of those people, definitely go for it. If you are an adult picking up any V.C. Andrews for the first time? I would probably tell you to steer clear unless you have a strong affinity for gothic melodramas dealing with hypnosis, suicide, rape, insider trading and embezzlement, comas, and murder (maybe?), incorporating messed up gender roles and sexuality.