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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (504 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sonya Hartnett Narrator: Rebecca Macauley Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Here is a gripping, chilling, beautifully observed tale of what a teenage girl will do to keep her friends, by one of Australia's finest writers. Growing up during the 1980s in the safe complacency of the Australian suburbs, Plum Coyle should be happy. But on the cusp of her 14th birthday - and on the fringe of her peer group - she lives in terror of the disapproval of her cruel and fickle girlfriends and, most of all, she hates her awkward, changing body with a passion.

So when Plum's glamorous next-door neighbour, Maureen, a young wife and mother, befriends Plum, Plum responds with worshipful fervour. Plum feels herself reinvented. With Maureen, she becomes the girl she's always wanted to be. But Maureen has an ulterior motive for taking Plum under her wing.

Butterfly is a brilliant and beautifully written novel about the bonds of family, about growing up in suburbia, and about the terrifying vulnerability of early adolescence. It is about the costs of interfering in the lives of others, the consequences of being hurt, and, ultimately, it is about how we must all eventually leave childhood behind.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by JoAnn | 2/8/2014

    " stoopid book. horrible way to start the week. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Emily | 1/24/2014

    " This wonderfully unique story is a must-read coming of age book. But it is not for YA readers even though it is being marketed as such. This is an adult book - I knew that from page one. The intense attention to detail and the description of innermost feelings will not do for teen readers. This is far too realistic for those who are still in their teen years. Only adults who have lived through the blurred pain of adolescence will abide this true-to-life depiction of what it means to be young and feel betrayed by everyone on a daily basis. Strangely, as I read this, it was not my own teen self that I thought of, but rather my fourteen-year-old son. It was him I saw in the mood swings and harshness of Plum, the central character. It is also full of moments that made me gasp at the brutality of truth - confessions, wishes and remarks made by Plum, her older brothers and the older, wiser lady who lives next door. I could not put the book down for the last 100 pages and the ending was stark - a lot like life. This is not for teens. Read it if you remember being one - it will be all too real for you. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Brooke | 1/22/2014

    " Gorgeous and darkly atmospheric, this quiet novel centers around the awkwardness that increasingly monopolizes 14-year-old Plum's life. Imbued with a an almost menacing tone, readers will be surprised by the various turns this story takes. Unique and expertly crafted, this strange story may not be for everyone, but sophisticated teen readers will be haunted by it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by alexandra | 1/18/2014

    " OK coming of age story. All the Australian terms and slang were difficult to decipher, even for me as an adult. I kept feeling like I was missing something. Also, it felt more geared towards adult sensibilities than a teen's. "

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