Ten Characters I’d Love To or Hate To Switch Places With

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January 2018. It’s all about love of lists, love of literature and bringing bookish people together. 

This week we are thinking about characters that we’d love to switch places with. What a fun prompt! I decided to split it and pick 5 characters I wouldn’t want to switch places with.

In no particular order here are mine

Let’s swap please?

  1. Luna Lovegood- Harry Potter– Luna is all kinds of awesome and I think it would be fascinating to be in her world.
  2. Jo March- Little Women– She’s one of my favourite March sisters.
  3. Lola-Lola And The Boy Next Door– I just loved her characters!
  4. Miss Honey-Matilda- I’m compared to her by my class and the parents of my class. It would be a good swap.
  5. Sara- A Little Princess- I love this story. Even though she has a hard life, it’s a sweet ending.

No thanks…

  1. Amy Dunne- Gone Girl- She’s a psycho character. No.
  2. Katniss- The Hunger Games- She may be good at the games but I don’t want to live in her world.
  3. Dobby- Harry Potter- Poor Dobby! 😦
  4. Lou- Me Before You– I can’t imagine going through what Lou did. Will… 😦
  5. June- Paper Butterflies– June has horrific experiences. I don’t want that life.

What did you do this week? Let me know! Feel free to leave a link to your post and I’ll stop by!

 

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Paper Butterflies

Paper Butterflies

How did I get it?:
I bought it!

Synopsis:

June’s life at home with her stepmother and stepsister is a dark one – and a secret one. She is trapped like a butterfly in a net.

But then June meets Blister, a boy in the woods. In him she recognises the tiniest glimmer of hope that perhaps she can find a way to fly far, far away from her home and be free. Because every creature in this world deserves their freedom . . . But at what price?

Thoughts:

I had heard about this book from so many people either book bloggers or fellow teachers. Yes, this was a book that a lot of the teaching community have read and gone on to recommend. I can totally see why, although I would warn that it is an incredibly tough book to read. It’s not easy to read at all, yet something about it completely pulls you in and you don’t want to put it down, despite it being incredibly heart-breaking. I didn’t want to put it down, no matter how traumatic the reading experience was.

The story centres around June, who is a girl of mixed race who lives with a white family after the death of her mother and her father’s second marriage. June has to put up with an absolutely awful stepmother. She endures mental and physical abuse at the hands of her stepfamily. It did really feel like the classic evil stepfamily but completely intensified. It was incredibly shocking and harrowing, but the writing just made you keep on reading. As a reader, I wanted to know what was going to happen to June and whether she would get a happy ending.

We read about the abuse she suffered through June’s tales of her life and as an adult, her struggle to cope and move on from the abuse she has suffered. What I really enjoyed about this book was that it was told through the eyes of June. The eyes of the abused, not the adult June’s perspective, but from the perspective of June whilst such terrible things were happening to her.

There were light moments throughout when we experienced June’s relationship with Bliss. It made me want to have more moments of June’s happiness. I wanted everything to turn out well for her but then the story took an unexpected twist towards the end. I certainly didn’t see it coming and found it engrossed me even more than before.

This book is special. I know that it will stay with me for a long time.

Would I recommend it?:
Without a doubt!

An incredible, heart-breaking book that I simply couldn’t put down!