Cassi's Reviews > Butterfly
by Sonya Hartnett
by Sonya Hartnett
This book was interesting. I liked it, but it wasn't one of my favorites. I liked the heroine, Plum, but I didn't always like her actions. For example, I thought that all of the items in her box belonged to her from the beginning, and it was really shocking when I found out (view spoiler)[she stole them from her friends (hide spoiler)]. I also disapprove of her (view spoiler)[swearing in front of a four-year-old. And about his own mother, no less! (hide spoiler)]. But Plum was a real character, and real characters aren't perfect. And Maureen... Well, first off, I honestly thought that she was a well intentioned mother when she was first introduced. She held up that image when she helped Plum with her ear infections. But it was odd, and frankly, a little disturbing, when I realized that she was in love with Justin. All those fantasies about moving to Berlin, and acting like she's Plum's friend (not like an adult friend, because those are fine, but more like a best friend friend), pointed out she was trying to act younger than she was, and I think that adults should act like adults most of the time. Acting like a kid and having fun every now and then is fine. Acting like Maureen did, well... Even though she cares for David, she was using him and Plum to get to Justin, and that is why I didn't like her much. Her telling Plum that her friends might be right to hate her just...sends her off the edge of being a character I liked, for lack of a better phrase. This book was confusing at times. Sometimes, it was just the situations, but other times it was the voice the author used. I liked Cydar, and I wish that the book had shown a little more about him, though what narrative he did get was nice. The ending was sweet. I wouldn't necessarily call it a happily-ever-after sort of ending, but (view spoiler)[Plum gets the cool TV, and Maureen sees a chance to start over (hide spoiler)], and everything looks like it will work out not now, but in the future.
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