6 Degrees of Separation: Flowers in the Attic

September 3, 2016 | 3 comments


6 Degrees of Separation is a book meme hosted by Kate at Books are My Favorite and Best. The goal is to construct a chain with 6 other books, using any criteria you want, and see where you end up.

This month, the starting book is Flowers in the Attic by V.C. Andrews. I have no shame in admitting that I was obsessed with the series about the Dollanganger family when I was a teenager. I have lost count how many times I’ve read the book about four siblings who are looked in an attic by their evil grandmother and selfish mother. If I were to read it again now, I’m not so sure I would be equally entranced by it.

As a teenager, I was also obsessed with Francine Pascal’s Sweet Valley High series (starting with the book Double Love) about twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield.

Another book about twins that I read multiple times as a teenager is I Miss You, I Miss You by Peter Pohl and Kinna Gieth. It’s one of those books that you definitely should not judge by its cover (which is hideous). It made me cry rivers every time I read it. I don’t think I could ever get over something happening to my sister (who is the coolest person ever, in spite of never being a huge fan of Flowers in the Attic or Sweet Valley High).

It doesn’t take much for a book to make me shed a few tears (remember this list), but the last one that really made me cry rivers is definitely The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. In the book, one of the characters quotes Shakespeare: “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars but in ourselves”. I have not yet read Julius Ceasar, from which the quote comes. I love Shakespeare, but find the plays so difficult to read. I much prefer seeing them on the stage.

Another novel whose title is related to a quote from Julius Ceasar is There is a Tide by Agatha Christie (“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune”). The UK edition was titled Taken at the Flood. I’m a big fan of Agatha Christie, but prefer her books about Mrs Marple over those about Hercule Poirot, and There is a Tide is one of her books that I have still to read.

The first book in the Harry Potter series by JK Rowling is another example where the title is different in the US and UK. It was published as Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone in the UK and Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in the US. I have read it multiple times, and will probably never get bored with it.


This time, my chain took me from at the first book in a series I was obsessed with as a teenager, to a the first book in a series that I’m still obsessed with.

Why don’t you join us and make your own chain? Starting with Flowers in the Attic, where will you end up? Visit Books Are My Favourite and Best to read the rules and see who else made a chain this month.