Saturday, 10 March 2012

Butterfly Summer by Anne-Marie Conway


Title: Butterfly Summer
Author: Anne-Marie Conway
Published by: Usborne
Publication date: 1st May 2012
Pages: 336
Genres: Children's/Young Adult
Format: Paperback
Source: Review copy from the publisher.


**CONTAINS SPOILERS**


Some secrets last a lifetime. When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a new beginning. But when Becky discovers an old photo of her mum in hospital clutching a baby, twelve years before Becky was born, Becky becomes haunted by the thought that her mum is keeping something from her. Stifled by her mum's over-protectiveness and depressive moods, Becky feels more alone than ever. The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful local Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the wild-spirited and impulsive Rosa May. But Becky can't shake off the unanswered questions. Why can't she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? And why is her mum lying to her? As the two girls spend more time together however, Rosa May's unpredictable temper and possessive streak suggests that she is hiding something as well...and in the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.

This book is beautiful. I have the ARC version as it isn't published until May, so it has a different cover to the one that will actually be published. It is white with blue, shiny writing on the front and little blue silhouettes of butterflies. It's gorgeous and I prefer it to the final book cover (above.)

'Butterfly Summer' is very predictable. Straight from the start, I knew that Rosa-May must be Becky's sister. There were so many clues in the text and in dialogue that when Rosa-May told Becky that she was her sister, it wasn't really a surprise to me. It would have been nice to have a bit more suspense building up to it. Saying that, though, there were still a lot of surprises and twists in the story to make up for it.

I loved the sub-plot of Becky and Mack. I would have loved to read more about them together, but maybe there will be a sequel? Hopefully!

My favourite part of the story was when Becky found a photo of a baby under her mum's bed, and when Becky realised Rosa-May wasn't entirely real.

I loved this book so much! I recommend it to girls aged 10+. 4.5/5!

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