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Broken Flower Book Review

February 1, 2013
Owensville High School



Broken Flower Book Review—Written By V.C. Andrews

Brittni Cebulak

“It was not my idea to write all of this down and tell this story. It was my brother Ian’s.

Not long ago, when we saw each other after some time apart, he said ‘When people reach our age, Jordan, they always try to make sense of themselves, their lives. They look back on what they’re really not sure anymore what was real and what was not. They are shocked to discover that the way they saw a major event in their life is not necessarily the way others who were there saw it, and they begin to wonder if their whole life has been a dream.’

This is my attempt to discover if mine was.”—Jordan March, “Letter to the Reader”, page one.

 

Broken Flower, written by V.C. Andrew’s ghostwriter, Andrew Neiderman, was an amazing, thought provoking, awe-inspiring novel. In short, this tale was a typical V.C. Andrews book.

It tells the story of seven year oldJordanMarch, both the protagonist and narrator of the book, and her family. She, along with her mother, Caroline, father, Christopher, and thirteen year old brother Ian, lived with Emma March—Christopher’s father, therefore the children’s grandmother—in her gigantic, historic, mansion.

Grandmother Emma was a dominant, controlling force in all of their lives, causing each person to walk on egg shells in fear of inciting her wrath. She was stuck on her own, old-fashioned way of thinking, convinced that hers was the only way. She was also extremely concerned about maintaining the family’s good image, as the family was extremely wealthy and a continuous spectacle of the public. This often caused conflict between Jordan and Ian’s mother, Caroline, and Grandmother Emma because the grandmother was constantly criticizing the mother on how she raised her own children. Also, the father, Christopher, was never any help to Caroline since he cowered before Grandmother Emma—his own mother—and always strictly pinned the blame of his children’s—Ian and Jordan—shortcomings on his wife Caroline.

Then something entirely beyond anyone’s control happens to youngJordanMarch. Only seven years old, she begins to physically mature at a rate nearly impossible for such a little girl. Her mother begins to notice the changes in her, appalled that her child was on the verge of becoming a young woman at such a young age. Caroline takesJordanto a doctor, determined to keep her daughter’s condition a secret from Grandmother Emma—but you cannot keep anything from Grandmother Emma.

Jordanis later diagnosed with precocious puberty, a condition that accelerates the level at which a child matures. She is given a prescription of a somewhat experimental drug that might or might not reverse her condition.

Grandmother Emma, after first harshly reprimanding Caroline for even attempting to keepJordan’s condition a secret, expresses her desire to keepJordanhidden from the public so no one will suspect what was happening to her body. She believed that her granddaughter was a freak, and she did not want to risk tarnishing the family’s reputation byJordan’s condition coming to light.

WillJordan’s parents finally stand up to Grandmother Emma?

Or will Jordan be punished for reasons that were well beyond her control?

Broken Flower tells a terrible, heartbreaking story through a child’s eyes.Jordan has no idea what is happening to her, but the closer she comes to understanding the “big picture”, the more her world becomes torn apart.

A falling out betweenJordan’s parents, who were almost always fighting, leads to an accident that leaves neither of them the same as they once were. This catastrophe allows Grandmother Emma to take sole charge over Jordan and Ian’s care, finally granting her the opportunity to forcefully mold the children into the refined beings she has always wanted them to be.

That only leads to more trouble, and in the endJordandoes not have her brother Ian, or even Grandmother Emma; she has no one but herself to keep the wolf of loneliness at bay.

Broken Flower is the first book in the Early Spring series, and it is followed by Scattered Leaves, which, for the record, I do plan on reading as soon as possible. However, I would not recommend these books for any student under the high school level, for they do have some mature content in them that might not be appropriate for some students. But, other than that, I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a story that is so dark, narrated so honestly and innocently that it could very well be a plausible reality.

                        


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