Flowers in the Attic: Sex and the Preteen Girl

Like many young girls who grew up the 1980s, I stumbled upon “Flowers in the Attic” because I was attracted to its cut-out paperback cover. (Anyone remember those? You’d open it to reveal a bigger — usually creepier — picture underneath.) In “Flowers in the Attic,” the image of a beautiful blonde girl looking tentatively out a window hinted of family secrets inside. I was hooked and I hadn’t even read page…