Title: The Fall of Butterflies
Author: Andrea Portes
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, romance
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Publication Date: May 10, 2016
My Rating: 4 STARS
Willa Parker, 646th and least popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life.
Did she choose this new life? No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. It’s her famous genius mother’s idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, and it’s only the strength of her name that got Willa accepted in the first place.
But Willa has no intentions of fitting in at Pembroke. She’s not staying long, she decides. Not at this school—and not on this planet. But when she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft, the richest, most mysterious girl on campus, she starts to see a foothold in this foreign world—a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit.
When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel her spinning right out of her grasp.
In Willa’s secret heart, all she’s ever wanted is to belong. But if Remy, the girl who gave her this world, is slip-sliding away, is Willa meant to follow her down?
Andrea Portes’s incandescent, heartfelt novel explores the meaning of friendship, new beginnings, and the precarious joy and devastating pain of finding home in a place—a person—with wings.
Review of the ARC provided by National Bookstore from a Twitter giveaway
“So you’re like… living in the margins, making your case in the margins, trying to make a difference maybe, from the margins…but nobody really wants to listen to you. To see you, ’cause you’re not the story they want to tell.”
The Fall of Butterflies is a standalone contemporary YA book. Though I was able to meet Andrea Portes during her PH tour (Thanks to National Bookstore!!!!), this is my first book by this author. And huge thanks to Harper Collins and National Bookstore for giving me an ARC because, Twitter. *winks*
I am not sure why I am having a hard time rating this book. Is it because I read it in just one sitting or is it because I can somehow relate to the main character? I don’t know. Anyhow, I love the writing style. It was odd, i know. Because Willa tells the story directly to you, to us, the reader, with her eccentric humor and an interesting view on life.
The characters. I love Willa definitely, because of her bizarre humor, the way she talks, the way somehow I can relate to her. When it comes to Remy and Milo? I like their story, I like that the author was able to emphasize that there are a lot of rich people who are not happy even though they can get all the material things they want.
Overall, I enjoyed the book. The ending was sudden and unexpected. The middle part kind of made me sleepy, thanks to Willa’s humor I was able to stay in the story. Definitely a good read! The character development as well as the narration will be the strenght of this book.
One question though, why the hell is it called The Fall Of Butterflies? I have no idea. Andrea?