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The Fall of Butterflies

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes (400 pages)
Overview: This is one of the most unique books I've ever read. Willa leaves her small town in Iowa to start at Pembrook boarding school where her world renowned economist mother is sending her. When she arrives, she plans to kill herself. But when she meets mega watt Remy, those plans are soon forgotten. The more time she spends with rich kids Milo, Remy, and Zeb the more she learns about the life of these rich kids and just how much is going on behind the scenes. Overall: 4

Characters: 5 There are few books with a stronger voice than this one. Remy grabs you from the first page, and, even though I spent some time wondering if such a loud, defined voice was distracting, I ultimately decided it gave the story its own special strength. I absolutely loved Willa. Her new boarding school friends were also fascinating and nuanced.

Plot: 3 There really is no true plot line running through this book. Things happen to Willa, but the book, for the most part, plods along with Willa's interpretations of the world around her. Portes does strongly develop Willa's character throughout which left me satisfied, but anyone looking for a plot heavy novel should go elsewhere.

Writing: 4 I thought Portes did a great job with a narrative voice. I loved Willa's character evolution and the place she got to by the end of the novel. Reading a character centered work was a nice change of pace. I also thought that the supporting cast was strong and perfectly suited for the evolution Willa needed.

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