V. C. Andrews [also published as Virginia Andrews]
Whitefern (Audrina, Book 2)
Simon & Schuster (US & CA: 26th July; UK & AU: 20th October 2016)
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SPOILER WARNING: This review consists only of spoilers. Can’t discuss the book without them. Read on at your risk.
CONTENT WARNING: Racism, sexism, abuse, rape, and SO MUCH ABLEISM. Ableism in almost every chapter.
Whatever Simon & Schuster paid for this book, it would be a miracle if Whitefern earned out its advance. Even if you loved reading My Sweet Audrina, I don’t wish its sequel upon anyone.
Remember Audrina Adare’s younger sister, Sylvia? Her condition hasn’t been specified, but pretty much is never described without a slur or ableist speech against her. Though Audrina narrates, Whitefern‘s plot is very Sylvia-focused.
And it’s bad. Really bad. Sexual abuse, rape, and impregnation. But it’s presented as if “sweet Sylvia” consents to it all, even though big sister Audrina can see the abuse and exploitation. Outside of the novel, there may be discussions regarding people with an intellectual or developmental disability and consent, but V. C. Andrews is definitely NOT the author to explore the issue in a respectful manner. Far from it.
Why did the publisher think this was a good idea?!