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The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante
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Sep 20, 2010

it was ok
bookshelves: 2008, contemporary
Read in July, 2008

(Ages 11+ - abuse)

14 year old Agnes has grown up in Mount Blessing, a community of 260 "Believers." Since her 12th birthday, she has been devoted to becoming a Saint - down to following the penances that historical saints followed, such as wearing a string tightly around her waist and fasting. Her friend, rebellious orphan Honey, no longer seems to have use for the strict life of Mount Blessing. The chapters alternate between the points of view of these two girls.

Disappointingly, the strong ideology of the Believers didn't seem to be reflected in the narrative. (One glaring example: because Emmanuel was to be viewed as father to all, the children lived collectively in nurseries from ages 6 mos to 7 years - yet Agnes and Benny still called their parents "Mom" and "Dad"?) Despite a world that wasn't fully realized, an okay read that improved in the second half.

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