Thursday, June 3, 2010

Butterfly - Sonya Hartnett

Publisher:  Candlewick, August 2010
Pages 232
Genre:  Realistic Fiction
Ages:  Young Adult
I received this book in a giveaway

Sonya Hartnett is an Australian author who has crafted a coming of age story that teens can relate to while drawing adults in with some of its more mature subject matter.
Plum Coyle is a thirteen year old who hates her body, doesn't care much for the decisions her parents make and loves her brothers Cydar and Justin.  Plum has been trying so hard to be part of the "in" crowd at achool.  They make fun of her and use her.  Then she meets her attractive neighbor Maureen.  She believes she has found a friend in Maureen.  Maureen gives her dieting advice and advice on how to deal with her friends.  Plum definitely has trust issues and comes across as a selfish person at times.  Plum soon realizes that things are not what they seem and she realize that everyone she loves and trusts has their own agenda for why they are treating her the way they are.  She learns the one she cares about the least or has shown the least amount of love to is the one who was true to her and was there for her.

I enjoyed this book.  I work with teens this age every day and it gave me a fresher look at what may be going through their minds.  There are some mature themes here but nothing my students can't handle or haven't hear.  I look forward to my students reading this.

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