Friday 30 September 2016

Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield : Book Review

Title  :  Paper Butterflies

Author  :  Lisa Heathfield

Rating  :  ★ ★ ★ ★

Pages  :  312

Synopsis  :  June's life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.

But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . But at what price?

Paper Butterflies is an unforgettable read, perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, Jandy Nelson, Sarah Crossan and Louise O'Neill.

I thought this book was great and refreshing in the sense that it was unlike any other book I've read when it comes to abuse and how others are obilivious of this. I thought it was very well written and crafted out.

June has just lost her mother and is now forced to live with her dad and his new woman and her daughter. Little does he dad know that her new step mother is abusing little June in ways that may not be easily seen. June doesn't know how to deal with this and doesn't know who she can tell and trust until one day she meets a boy in the woods near her home and he changes her life. 

This book deals with not only abuse, but loss and grief and bulling and friendship and love. It's a well put together story about how easily someone can be hurting and it not be recognized no matter how close you are to someone and the consequences of not telling. 

I feel all the characters did their job perfectly. i loved the charcters I was meant to and really disliked the others. But I also learnt to forgive certain people along with June which I felt was incrediable for a book to make me forgive other characters actions. ESpecially people like her dad for keeping the secrets he did and for the other children and adults who were mean and didn't stop to ask questions about what was actaully happening and why June was doing some things she was. 

Towards the end of the book I really felt for June because of what she had been through and where it had gotten her. I felt as though even though people were treating her as an adult and a kind of 'monster' her youth still peeked through in little things she said or did showing that she was young and too young fo rhwat was about to happen. 

Heartbreaking and just a really great book. Loved it. Felt the ending was a great way to close the story too even though I would love a sequal to it!!

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