Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield
There are too many years of things left unsaid…
Paper Butterflies is a richly compelling, emotional read which took me on a rollercoaster of feelings leaving me exhausted, wrung out and broken.
Because a butterfly with a broken wing can still fly.
I missed all the subtle clues and didn’t even stop to consider what the more direct prompt, the labeling of the chapters ‘before’ or ‘after’, might indicate so the twist hit me hard. Right in the gut. I don’t think I have felt a reaction this strong to a book ever.
And my heart breaks into a million tiny pieces.
I read a book recently that tried to sucker punch the reader into a strong reaction. It is a very popular book that fell flat for me, but I can’t give more details without a spoiler alert.
The book I am referring to is They Both Die in the End by Adam Silvera which failed to give me the emotional punch I suspect it was trying to. If, like me, you have the crazy idea that crying in books is a good thing then Paper Butterflies is the book you should read ASAP
I’ll keep them safe and they can beat their wings and no one will know that they’re there.
I was so caught up in the story that I forgot to take notes and postmark possible quotes so this morning before writing this review I paged through the book again. Suffice to say the quotes here were paid for in tears. Yes again.
There’s no point in me saying anything more.
There was one small thing that has been niggling at the back of my mind. A detail that I couldn’t quite believe was true. I did some research online and found out that although fairly unlikely the detail is very possible. It is a huge spoiler though, so tread carefully and be very sure before opening the spoiler alert below.
was the death sentence given to a 16yr old character. From online research, I discovered that it is possible (although extremely rare) in some US states. Book blogger jassyfizzle interviewed Lisa Heathfield on this topic. The post ‘Spoilery Paper Butterflies Q&A with Lisa Heathfield’ is available at: https://jassyfizzle.wordpress.com/2016/09/04/spoilery-paper-butterflies-qa-with-lisa-heathfield/
I let his words hold me. They fold around me and I try to let them keep me safe.
There is one character that needs special mention: Blister is the best friend I never knew I needed.
And then I remember.
My review copy is the new 2017 edition, published by Carolrhoda Books but Paper Butterflies was first published in 2016 by Electric Monkey with a different cover. Now I really like the older 2016 cover, but I would love to know what you think. Survey at the bottom of the post.
Title: Paper Butterflies
Author: Lisa Heathfield
First published: 30 June 2016
New edition: 1 October 2017
2016 Edition: Electric Monkey
2017 Edition: Carolrhoda Books
Source: Review copy
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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? — Abstract from Goodreads.com
The fact that I received a complimentary review copy of this book does not influence my policy to write an honest review.
Disclaimer: The quotes appear in my review copy and may not appear in the final version.