Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Book Review - The Butterfly Clues

Title: The Butterfly Clues.
Author: Kate Ellison.
Publisher: Egmont USA. 
Year of Publication: 2012
Format: Paperback.
Pages: 325.
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller, Contemporary.
Blurb: Here.

Few months back, Miss Print held a giveaway and yours truly won some goodies which included 2 books, few bookmarks and colorful word magnets! One of the books won was an ARC by a debut author Kate  Ellison.

My Thoughts:
The Butterfly Clues even though under the genre of young adult, was refreshingly different. The protagonist of the book, Lo is different from most of the other YA heroines. As a matter of fact, she is no heroine. A girl who lost her brother, surviving in a family which is hanging by a thread. The only thing that brings peace in her chaotic life is order. She taps, repeats words, considers number 4, 8 etc unlucky - not proportionate. It becomes clear to the readers in the early stages of the book that Lo suffers from Obsessive Compulsive  Disorder. To top that off, Lo also has signs of Kleptomania. This is the story of a girl who is unable to let go of her past and that keeps haunting her.
Lo's odd ways and awkwardness are explained in great detail. Her ways were triggered by the death of her brother and the guilt and sadness has driven her to what she is now. I thought I would get tired off her tapping and counting- muttering certain words a certain number of times. However, she grew on me. I could somehow empathize with her, with her struggling in a normal world, trying to fit in. The plot gets more interesting when Lo is drawn towards a murder mystery and she cannot be at peace until she finds out what really happened.

In the quest for answers, she reaches Neverland - a place where dumpsters are a place of fun. Youngsters who feel like outcasts go there to disappear from the world. It looks dangerous from outside. There, she meets more people like her- different from the society norm. 
What I loved about the book, was you never know what would happen next. I was intrigued to know what would happen to Lo. Will Lo get to the bottom of the mystery? Will she find her love? Will she find redemption? Will she ever be at peace? The parts where she interacts with her father and how her father loses his cool when he sees her obsessive rituals is so very realistic. The icing of the book was the final parts of the book. The moment when it all unravels in front of you. Not the murder part but the reason why Lo was drawn to the murder in the first place! The murderer was kinda obvious to the readers. If you could look past the descriptive OCD tendencies of Lo and an unrealistic, kinda cheesy love thing going on between Lo & a chap called Flynt, you would be blown away. A superb job for a debut author.

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