2 out of 4 stars
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As the Flowers Bloom is a heart-wrenching fictional book about a young girl, Cherish, who is born into a family tainted by generations of abuse. It is written by Cheryl T. Long. It appears to be the first book in a series.
Eight-year-old Cherish Flowers is trafficked by her abusive father, who uses her as a means to make "easy" money. He scares, threatens, and beats her into submitting into the whims of his paedophile clients. Her mother, Liz, is opposed to it all. However, she is powerless to put an end to it. Although a part of Cherish holds her mother accountable for her torment, Liz is the only reason she pushes aside thoughts of suicide. Cherish's only emotional outlet is dancing, which she does in secret. Will she ever be free from the torment, pain, and suffering? Will she ever be the famous dancer she desires to be?
The author's descriptive writing style is engrossing. Her ability to create tension, fear, and captivate her readers is amazing. For example, there is a scene where Cherish hears her drunk father come back home. She cowers under her sheets, hoping that he will direct his anger at some other target. That scene was so well written, and it felt real!
I enjoyed her parents' backstories, which were written from their individual viewpoints. Their horrific pasts give clues to the current dysfunctional lives they lead. The backstories, coupled with the author's descriptive style, created a realistic, believable tale. They also helped set apart As the Flowers Bloom from other abuse tales.
If you are fainthearted, you may want to stay away from this book; it contains narrations of some the abuse Cherish and her mother experience. If you enjoy tragedies though, you may enjoy this book. I rate it 2 out of 4 stars. It wasn't my cup of tea, but someone else could enjoy it. It's really easy to read, and can be finished in a single sitting. Sad to say, it could use a round of editing as it contains a lot of spelling and punctuation errors.
As The Flowers Bloom
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