SHE WAS TOO GROWN-UP FOR CHILDISH GAMES.
BUT TOO YOUNG TO BECOME A WOMAN. . . .
Living with her parents and brother, Ian, in her Grandmother Emma's enormous mansion, Jordan March tries to be a good girl and follow her grandmother's strict rules. It's easy for Jordan to hide in the shadows -- between Ian's brilliant, all-consuming talents for science and the ever-more-frequent arguments among the grown-ups. But one day, without warning, Jordan's body begins to change -- and everyone notices her in a way that seems dark, dangerous, and threatening. Suddenly the March family secrets are unleashed, and Jordan is ashamed and afraid that her soft curves are unwelcome indeed. Shipped off to a lakeside hideaway, Jordan and Ian befriend a girl whose shocking revelations make for a summer of scandal and explosive emotion. Outraged, Grandmother Emma sets out to make Jordan pay for her family's past mistakes, sending her world spinning wildly out of control. . . .
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September 25, 2006
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Excerpt from Broken Flower by V.C. Andrews
My mother grasped my shoulders and even shook me as she spoke. "Never, never let Grandmother Emma see you without any clothes on, Jordan," she warned in a loud whisper. "Don't tell Ian and don't even tell Daddy about this yet. He's likely to slip and say something. Your grandmother watches every little thing we do in this house as it is," my mother added, and let me go.
Why would all this anger my grandmother Emma I wondered. If she did find out, would she tell us to leave her house Would Daddy be just as angry
Mama read my fears in my eyes. "I'm sorry, honey. I didn't mean to frighten you. It's not your fault. Everything that is happening to you is just happening to you too early," she said in a softer voice. "It's too much of a surprise. It's just better if no one else knows for now, okay "
"Okay, Mama," I said. She looked relieved, but I was still trembling. She helped me into my pajamas and into bed.
Suddenly, something else occurred to her and she went to the dirty clothes hamper in my bathroom. I had no idea what she was doing, but she reached in and began pulling out my socks, panties, and shirts. She held up my panties and looked closely at them before tossing it all back into the hamper.
"What are you looking for, Mama " I asked her.
She thought a moment and then she sat on my bed and took my hand into hers. "You're way too young for this conversation, Jordan. I don't even know how to begin it with you."
"What conversation "
"The conversation my mother had with me when my body started to change, but you're not even seven and I was nearly thirteen before she decided I had to have the most important mother-daughter talk with her. Something very dramatic happened to me first."