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The Butterfly Shell

3.52  ·  Rating details ·  58 ratings  ·  15 reviews
There are some things about me you should know.
1. I always wear my butterfly shell - even when I’m swimming or sleeping
2. I don’t cut myself anymore
3. I believe in ghosts.

It's the beginning of First Year. Marie loves reading, hates Rachel and her gang, The Secret Six, and isn’t sure how she feels about Stella, who’s more than a little odd.
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Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 3rd 2015 by The O'Brien Press
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Emer (A Little Haze)

There are a few things about me you should know.
1. I always wear my butterfly shell - even when I'm swimming or sleeping
2. I don't cut myself anymore
3. I believe in ghosts.

I was drawn to this book because of the beautiful title. A copy was hidden among all these big chunky books in my library in the adult fiction section and somehow this little slim book jumped out at me. The author was born in Canada but is heavily involved in Irish theatre, and lives and works here. This is her
Alice (MTB/Alice Tied The Bookish Knot)
3.5 stars!

T/W- Self Harm, Bullying

At just under 200 pages long, The Butterfly Shell is a heartbreaking story about young girl Marie, and her life growing up in Ireland. Marie loves to read books and has a strong belief in ghosts. She struggles to deal with a gang of girls in her school group called The Secret Six. Being bullied by day and dealing with a crying ghost baby at night, one thing is still certain. She always wears a special butterfly shell at all times. Marie was an emotional characte
Trish at Between My Lines
4.5 stars

Green Giants is my feature where I share some of my favourite books by Irish Authors.   I’m passionate about Irish Authors, they supply us with a great and exciting mix of books, hopefully you will find something new to try.  Today it’s Maureen White who is my latest Green Giant and whose young adult novel (The Butterfly Shell) really impressed me.

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This is a book that I think should be handed out to all first year students on the first day of secondary school.  It is just so reassuring
Amanda - Go Book Yourself
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“There are some things about me you should know:
I always wear my butterfly shell – even when I’m swimming or sleeping
I don’t hurt myself anymore
I believe in ghosts.”

It all started on the first day of the first year of secondary school for Marie. Starting secondary school can be a daunting time for most people. Even the ones that adjust well. It’s a time of big changes: a new school, new teachers, new friends…and new enemies. Y
Emma Holtrust
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2015
*I received this book from the publisher. This in no way influences my review*

I was definitely on the fence about this book - the summary makes it sound like a typical troubled teenage girl - but OMG WAS I PROVEN WRONG!
Everything you expect to happen doesn't happen at all. It's wayyyy better than you think it will be and it's a rollercoaster of emotions.
I LOVED reading this and just wish the ending would have given me more closure - I still have SO MANY QUESTIONS.

A less ramble-y rev
Aug 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The blurb had hooked me, I wanted to know more why Marie was struggling so hard that she ended up self-harming, as well as the power behind the butterfly shaped shell. You'll need lots of tissues, there were few points where I wanted to wrap her up in cotton wool, and make her world right again. She definitely goes through a rough patch of life, feeling unwanted and not at all useful, but, as she eventually discovers, she is far from alone.

Family is the key to this story, family is what both c
Nov 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Very emotional, moving, and not at all what I expected it to be. More stories like this need to be told.
Heather Lawson
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Warning: This story does involve self-harming, so if that’s something that you wish to stay away from, I’d recommend not picking up this book.

The Butterfly Shell was an interesting read. It’s a short book and a fast read but there’s a lot packed into the pages. Marie is just about to start a new year at school and already she’s in for a rough time. Being tormented by Rachel and her group of followers
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
[a copy of this book was provided to me by the publisher in return for an honest review]
The Butterfly Shell is quiet and understated, much like its narrator Marie. Marie has just moved up to secondary school and is having trouble adjusting. She spends the days being bullied and the nights being haunted...
Teenage girls being awful to each other is a mainstay of YA fiction. We tend to forget that bullying can be just as harmful at a younger age. The effects of the treatment Marie goes through, and
Oct 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book and felt that in somewhat way was similar to the Perks of being a Wallflower which I also really enjoyed. It was sad but at the same time quite different to other books involving self-harm. For Marie it was just a way to relieve the pain bullies had caused, there was no self-hatred or dark past and so it was definitely something different. In a way I felt as if Maureen tried to make this as light hearted as possible as there were so depression aspects and so it never f ...more
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book shows the exact meaning of short but sweet! I enjoyed the story but I did find the ending quite abrupt which is time only thing from stopping it getting 5 stars.
This was good for a quick feel good book
Aug 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Feb 24, 2016 rated it did not like it
Uninteresting and frankly a waste of time. Characters were dull and the plot was unimaginative. Unrealistic and uninspired story.
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A cute little book that I really enjoyed. (Stella is my fave)
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