The Boy With the Butterfly Mind
Jamie Lee just wants to be normal but his ADHD isn't making it easy. If only he could control his butterfly mind then he'd have friends, be able to keep out of trouble, live with his mum and not be sent to stay with his dad.
Elin Watts just wants to be perfect. If she could be the best student and daughter possible, then maybe her dad would leave his new family and come bac...more
First of all, the reason I downloaded it from Edelweiss as a review copy was because it mentioned OCD rep - an ADHD step-brother and OCD step-sister. Interesting dynamic! Plus, I am OCD and there's never any rep - I had to grab it.
And I read it. And I didn't enjoy the rep. I posted a review. And the next morning... I got a message.
Turns out, there was no OCD whatsoever intended in the book. The author wrote me a sensitive message about n ...more
I liked getting the story from both Elin and Jamie's perspective as well as the complexity of the issues discussed. The book doesn't pull any punche ...more
The author provoked feelings of empathy for both characters despite some pretty awful behaviour, although hope wins out in the end.
For me, the book spoke to me on a personal level and made me realise just how much my daughter deals with on a daily basis that others take for granted.
Language: PG (9 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content G; Violence: G
BUYING ADVISORY: EL, MS – ADVISABLE
AUDIENCE APPEAL: HIGH
Jamie Lee has severe ADHD. His mind goes 100 miles an hour and he has a hard time concentrating on any one thing, making his brain feel like it is full of butterflies. Elin Watts, 12yo, wants to be perfect. She is sure that if she is, she can repair her family and bring her parents back ...more
Jamie and Elin are completely different except that they are both children of divorce. Jamie is forgetful, impulsive, and scatterbrained because of his severe ADHD. He lives with his mother and her boyfriend, Chris in England, but he misses his dad everyday. Elin is a perfectionist who refuses to meet her new half sister because she’s c ...more
However, as Elin watches Jamie she learns that no one is reall ...more
Not many will probably have the same feelings I did towards the characters. For me, it was really more angering because it reflected my own life. My own sister has ADHD and so I found myself reflecting on my own person irritations with it. But i'm glad I pushed thro ...more
Jamie is 11 & his mind runs 100 mph. He doesn't know what to do be happy because his Mum & her boyfriend are moving to California USa or sad because that will leave his dad behind.
But events will bring Elin and Jamie's world crashing together. In a compelling plot line wh ...more
A story of two kids tossed together...one perfectionist and one struggling with adhd. The book gives a beautiful insight into the latter's mind...his struggle to exercise more control and his sense that he never will.
Great for a kid who needs to feel less alone in managing adhd or a sibling tryin ...more
This is a lovely story about family relationships and living with ADHD. I loved both of the main characters, especially Jamie who thinks he is br ...more
I gobbled up this book in two sittings. I loved reading about Elin and Jamie. They are such 3D characters. I got great insight on how ADHD affects a young boy trying to get through school and family troubles.
I thought Elin was a bit selfish and whiny at times and that was annoying, but other than that a really good book.
I recommend this to anyone who wants a family book about a girl who wants to be perfect and a boy who has ADHD.
Victoria grew up in Kirkintilloch, north Glasgow, surrounded by hills on the edge of a forest estate where many of her early ghost stories and fantasy tales were born amid the magical trees and spooky old ruined buildings.
After studying Physics ...more