Book Review! “No More Butterflies” by Claire Smith

Personal Rating System:
Character Development – *****
Plot   – *****
Flow – ****
Grammar/Editing ***

On a review site:
 5 stars

 

Wow – this book is really hard to explain without giving away to much.

This book ultimately revolves around four people. Emma and Jack; Helen and Sam. 

Sam is desperately in love with Emma, but she ends up marrying one of his best friends, Jack.

Sam then ends up moving to get away from the pain of not being with Emma and runs into the controlling and manipulative women named Helen who he starts to date.

This story has so many ups and downs, and even if you are not a victim of abuse it is well worth a read. It really goes to show that domestic abuse doesn’t always *look* the way it is portrayed. The abuser can come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.

Lastly, the ending to the book was ahhhhhh-mazing.
This book was at a solid 3, maybe 4 stars before I got to the last 1/4 of the book.
It is an ending to rival the ending of the Notebook. Totally different, but still just as much of a tearjerker.

I will definitely be suggesting this book to friends!

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BLURB:

A surprisingly uplifting psychological drama with dark moments and romantic overtones. Dealing with the subjects of domestic psychological, physical and sexual abuse and the lasting damage these do to their victims, it covers twelve years in the lives of two initially unconnected girls, Emma and Helen, both the victims of some form of abuse and the very different consequences this abuse has to both their lives.
There are some dark and tragic moments as Emma stumbles from one emotional or physical disaster to the next from the ages of sixteen to twenty-eight. Ultimately it is the realisation of all her clichéd romantic dreams which provides her with the trigger she desperately needs to enable her to take control of her own life. It makes her realise the only way to no longer be a victim is to stop relying on others for emotional and physical stability and to stand on her own two feet. It gives her the courage to face her fears and to do what is right for her daughter.
Helen, on the other hand, uses abuse as a weapon with which to defend herself from a world she can not understand. In reality the abuse she has suffered is difficult to define and the line between legitimate psychological damage and inbuilt character traits is blurred.
The two girls lives come together with devastating effects.

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