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

really liked it
bookshelves: young-adult-reads

The story begins in a commune named Mount Blessing in Fairfield, Connecticut. It houses about 260 followers of its founder, Emmanuel. Agnes and Honey, fourteen year old girls, are members of this commune. Agnes strives hard to follow all that Emmanuel teaches and wants to be a good “Believer”. Honey, however, is not too sure about the things they are learning and doing. The two girls have been friends for a long time, but they may not be as much alike as they thought. Agnes’ little brother gets injured badly in an accident, and Emmanuel refuses to take him to the hospital. It is then that life changes drastically, Nana Pete decides to flee from the compound with the three children. When Agnes and Honey get away from the compound they learn a deep dark secret. The story is written in a interesting format, each of the alternating chapters is written from either Agnes’ or Honey’s perspective. The reader may be intrigued by experiencing the life of living in a commune from the two different perspectives.
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