How did I get it?:
From my lovely friend Luna at Luna’s Little Library!
When I moved to Strandbrook College, I met Alex and Sarah. They treated me like I was normal. A human being. They actually liked me – though it took a while for me to trust that. I’ve never told them about my life before I met them. That shame can stay in the past. Weird thing is, they think I’m the strong one. The one with all the answers. The guru. When I’m offered a part on a TV show, they think it’s all my dreams come true. And it is. Except that it’ll bring me face-to-face with someone from my past – and memories I’ve kept buried. But I’ve changed. And I’m sure Rebecca has too. Whatever happens, there’s no way I’m going to let my past destroy my future.
I have absolutely adored The Butterfly Novels, and I’m sad that this is the last book in the series. I have grown so attached to these characters, it’s hard to not learn more about them. I didn’t find And Actually.. as emotional as And For Your Information… but it is still a brilliant book nonetheless. I love how these books are dealing with everyday issues and particularly issues that most people experience at least once in their lives.
This book deals with Rachel’s story, but we still hear from Alex and Sarah (who I LOVE!). I didn’t really have much of an opinion on Rachel after reading the previous two books. I thought she was a nice girl, but didn’t know too much about her. I’m glad she had a chance to shine. Once again Denise Deegan has done a brilliant job at getting to the her reader’s hearts. I felt so sorry for Rachel. She had been cast in a popular TV series and came face to face with Rebecca, a girl that bullied her at her previous school and destroyed her self esteem. Rebecca seems to have changed, but cynical me, wasn’t sure that she really had changed…
I did thoroughly enjoy this book, but I found the previous books did pack more of an emotional punch. That isn’t to say that this book doesn’t deal with tough subjects.. It does. It’s just not as devastating. I did want things to turn out right for Rachel and for her to get justice. As Rachel confronts her past demons, her feelings and self-esteem take a battering and so does her friendships and her relationship with Mark.
I read And Actually so quickly. It was easy to read, well written and it truly feels like these characters are people I know. They’re incredibly relatable. I wish there were more Butterfly Novels.
Come back tomorrow to read my interview with the lovely author Denise Deegan!