A Book Review: Paper Butterflies


When browsing through a bookshop, it is the covers of the books that draw you to pick it up and this was definitely what happening when I saw this book. The cover really intrigued me as well as the title and then the blurb just sealed the deal. I have to sayI have definitely been taken in by the Kindle and have had quite a few over the years (and I actually think they are the only computer type thing that I haven't actually broken but just died of old age! If that's a thing?). However, I found I was missing reading from an actual paper book, going into bookshops and spending ages looking through all the different covers and genres. I think this is why I like going on holiday (apart from the actual holiday itself) as I can't really use my kindle since the screen doesn't work in the bright sunlight and I don't really want to risk it and the beach with sand and water. 

So for my holiday, I brought 6 books in total and managed to read four in the week I was away and I read this book in an afternoon so I would say that this is quite a quick read although it would have taken me longer if I wasn't on holiday! If you saw my tweet you will know that this book made me cry my eyes out. And I don't just mean a little tear here and there, I mean a full on, cant catch your breath sob. Now I would not say that I am a crier at all so I was definitely not expecting this type of reaction when I started reading this book. I have since read some other reviews and this seems to be a common thing for other readers. I think this has to say something for Lisa Heathfield's ability to enable you to connect with the characters in such a short amount of time. Normally if a book is only 307 pages long and, like I said, I read it in only a few hours, there is very rarely a strong connection to the character but I have never felt so hopeless for a character as I did for June. It also didn't help that the shock was so sudden and completely unexpected that it made an even bigger impact on me. Also, it is not a particularly happy cry so I wouldn't read this is that was what you are looking for!

This book also deals with two very upsetting issues, one, in particular, is a very controversial topic (I don't want to say any more than that as that is the big twist but lets just say I know believe in my own view even more after reading this.). The first issue is the idea of domestic abuse and how that can effect a person's whole life and how they act. June has  a very abusive step mother and a step sister who followers in her  mother's footsteps and they make her life horrible to live in and the worst part of it is that her dad refuses to see and June feels as though there is no one who she can go to to help her. She meets a boy in who she becomes friends with but even then, all she wants is to feel separate from her life and doesn't want to have her friendship tainted by her life at home. From start to finish June's life is so hopeless and then when you think its all out to change for the best, the twist happens and the crying starts.

Now even with all of this, I loved this book. It was such a good read that I had to do a review as I really want people to read this. I think it really opens your eyes to what happens in this world, that not everything and everyone is fine, even if they seem to be on the outside and maybe by just asking a simple question and being there for them.

So I hope you liked this review and let me know if you've read this book and what you think!

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  1. Brilliant review, I'll definitely be buying this book! X


    1. So glad you liked it! You will have to let me know what you think.

  2. Nice review, I've never read that book...
    Mia xx

    Mia | my-world-vibes.blogspot.com

    1. Would definitely recomend if you don't mind a good old cry!

  3. I haven't read this book but it sounds really good! I really want to read it now xx

    1. I'm so glad! You will have to tell me what you thought!

  4. This sounds like such an interesting read! xo


  5. After Ive finished reading all the books I have to read I am definitely going to pick this up! Youve sold me on it!

    Rebecca xx



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