Site Owner's Review of Broken Wings
Unlike all the other VC Andrews heroines the girls in this book start off basically bad. They are problematic to their respective parents.
Some of the parents of problematic to the girls. Take for instance Robin. She and her mother live with her grandparents who (at least grandpa) is your classic VCA a bible thumbing character. Robin's mother ("mother darling") dreams of being a country western singer and takes herself and Robin to Nashville Tennesee to see if she can make it big as a singer. She (with her mother) ends up having to stay at this nasty apartment with one of her mothers boyfriends who is in this band she has joined.
As Robin's mother starts to find success in the music scene, Robin gets herself in a heap of trouble. She get's herself arrested several times. In the end Robin is being taken by police car to some unknown school for troubled girls. That is where her story ends.
Teal is a little rich girl who lives with her parents in the lap of luxury. Her father pays for her to go to a private school because she gets in trouble at her public school. But she also gets into trouble at her private school.
Teal meets a guy (who works at a pizza parlor) with a troubled homelife and sets out to help him run away from his abusive mother with his siblings. In doing this she also thinks she is helping herself get away from her parents. She goes as far as stealing a load of cash from her dad's safe and steals her mothers SUV to help him. Upon arriving at his home she discovers that he has decided to stay because his mother has died. Teal is picked up by the police when her father has discovered what she has done.
In the end Teal is carted off via airplane to an unknown school for troubled girls. We end her story with her on the plane.
Phoebe is a young african american girl who lives in inner city Atlanta. Her mother is a drug addict and an alcoholoic and runs away for good. Her father is forced to go farther and farther away in his sales job to make ends meet. He decides that Phoebe should go stay with her aunt and uncle in Stone Mountain, a suburb of Atlanta. Her aunt however, is another religious zealot and forces Phoebe to conform to their way of life and she is also enrolled in a school unlike she has ever gone to before.
Phoebe rebels alot. But this gets her into trouble. Some girls pretending to want to get someone else in trouble hatch a plan which is bad news for Pheobe.
After her father dies, Phoebe runs off to find her mother in a rehab clinic drying out. Her mother wants nothing to do with her and she ends up being found by her uncle who sets it up so she is taken away to this school for troubled girls.
This book was okay. It is definatly not the calibre of the Dollanganger series or even the DeBeers series. I await Midnight Flight.