Monday, June 7, 2010

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett

Butterfly by Sonya Hartnett.
Publisher: Candlewick.
Pages: 240.
Release Date: August 10, 2010.
Plum Coyle is on the edge of adolescence. Her fourteenth birthday is approaching, when her old life and her old body will fall away, and she will become graceful, powerful, and at ease. The strength of the objects she stores in a briefcase under her bed —a crystal lamb, a yoyo, an antique watch, a coin —will make sure of it.

Over the next couple of weeks, Plum’s life will change. Her beautiful neighbor Maureen will begin to show Plum how she might fly. The older brothers she adores will court catastrophe in worlds that she barely knows exist. And her friends, her worst enemies, will tease and test, smelling weakness. They will try to lead her on and take her down.

Butterfly is such a strange, unique story; but in the most positive way ever. I can’t explain in words exactly why I enjoyed this book so much. It’s not paranormal, it doesn’t have a breathtaking romance and it’s not anything that you can possibly relate to. But it just drew me in and I love how unexplainable that is for me.

Plum is painfully and awkwardly balancing between that line of child and teenager. She’s not like any character I’ve ever read before; sophisticated and somewhat immature at the same time, but just thriving to be accepted and liked. She makes some bad choices, but it only enhances the child that she still is, despite how badly she doesn’t want to be.

The relationships buzzing around Plum were small but contributed greatly to her story. Her strange yet overprotective brothers: one whom seems to be hiding something huge and one who is so antisocial that he puzzles Plum completely. Her clueless parents who don’t understand her at all and her understanding neighbor, Maureen, who takes Plum under her wing and turns her into Ariella, a more dazzling version of herself- they all have a hand in the ups and downs of Plum’s coming-of-age woes.

Overall, I ended up loving Butterfly. Sonya Hartnett writes gorgeously with complex characters and adolescent insecurities that are almost too emotional to be YA. Though I’m not a fan of the heavy Aussie slang, I do look forward to reading more of Sonya’s books. I definitely recommend that you check out Butterfly!


  1. OKay, you've convinced me that I MUST read it. When books just grab you and scream fabulous even though there's nothing about them that you SHOULD really love - those are the best!

  2. OO sounds awesome, Sounds like a coming of age. Finding your innerself book