Book Review: Misty by V.C. Andrews
This is the first book in a series called the Wildflowers series by V.C. Andrews and it discusses a young woman named Misty's look at her mother and fathers divorce and how she feels about the relationship she had with them after it. Dr. Marlowe brings together 4 young women who must discuss her life with each other.
Getting to know Misty
The first book starts with Misty and the other three girls meeting up at Dr. Marlowe's home office, where each of them had been before but by themselves. During this and subsequent meetings they would each tell their stories. Each story would be about their parent’s divorce, all the hurt they felt, boys that they liked and of course their feelings about the hand they had been dealt. Each girl is very different and yet they each had the same problems.
The first girl to tell her story is Misty. Her parents are rich and they lived in a beautiful Beverly Hills home, she started out with the perfect home, the perfect family and loving parents, until her folks got divorced, then her life fell apart. Her mother spent every day trying to be more beautiful, and trying to keep from getting older, she spent all her time with her friends discussing how to tear down their ex-husbands and she used her daughter as a way to get back at Misty's father. Her dad spent all of his time trying to find his youth in the younger woman who was now living with him.
Misty called each of the other girls "orphans with parents" a term for the situation they were in now that their parents were divorced. Each girl had a story and each girls story was pretty bad. Misty tells her story first and it starts with her perfect life and how her father and mother got the divorce. Her father complained that her mother would not have intimate relations with him, and her mother complained that her father had cheated on her.
After telling everyone that her parents were getting the divorce, Misty's life took a turn for the worse. She was failing classes, getting into trouble and spent most of her time feeling bad for her self.
She lost all of her friends, until she meets a boy who tells her that his life is like hers is. His name is Charles Allen Fitch, a rich young boy with a very smart mind, good looks and parents he said were getting a divorce. Her mother liked him and she did too. She would lose her virginity to this boy and learn that his parents were not getting a divorce he just told her that to get what he wanted from her.
Once Misty broke up with Charles Allen she met another boy, the bad boy of her town and the bane of her mother's existence. Lloyd Kimbel was his name, he was a great friend to her but he was a lot of trouble. While her father was supposedly out of town with his girlfriend Ariel, she went by his apartment to spend the weekend with Lloyd, and they would have had a lot of fun had Misty's father not come in and caught them. Then she would run away with Lloyd and he would attempt to hold up a store, they would be caught and her parents would insist that she see Dr. Marlowe before anything else happened.
At the end of the book she tells everyone that her father would eventually hurt Ariel and that her mother would be right about men only needing sex. Her mother would continue to talk about how beautiful she was and Misty would continue to feel bad about their divorce. However for now she had got her story out and the other girls would be telling theirs tomorrow. This book is interesting because it gives us a look at what a divorce can do to a family and its children.
You will simply love this book.