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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Book Review - Paper Butterflies by Lisa Heathfield

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Review by Suze

June's stepmother is a horrible woman and together with her daughter she's making June's life incredibly awful. June's father doesn't take his daughter's side and June has nobody to turn to. When she meets Blister she finds a kindred spirit. They spend a lot of time together in the woods, the only place where June feels safe. Not even Blister knows what June's life at home is really like though. Will June eventually be believed or will her stepmother be able to continue without being stopped?

Paper Butterflies is one of the most impressive books I've ever read. The things June's stepmother does to her stepdaughter made me nauseous and I constantly had tears in my eyes because of everything June has to go through on a daily basis. June has a tough life and nobody's there to help her. She can't escape and there's nothing she can do. Being powerless and incapable to fight back is an awful feeling. I kept hoping life would have something better in store for June and finding out what would happen to her kept me on the edge of my seat.

Fortunately Blister is there for June and he makes her happy, which is the only light in her life. He's kindhearted like June and they have fun together. However, Blister is as young as June, so he can't actually do something for her besides making her free time as nice as possible. I loved that he keeps trying though. June deserves much better than she gets. Reading about her struggles made me emotional, but I couldn't put Paper Butterflies down, I had to know what would happen next and couldn't turn the pages fast enough.

Lisa Heathfield has written a raw story about abuse, cruelty and consequences. The story is dark and there are many awful moments. It's beautifully written and reading about June's had quite an impact on me. I can't stop thinking about the wonderful sweet and innocent girl and the evil her father invited into their once so peaceful home. Paper Butterflies isn't for the weak hearted. It's a brilliant moving story, it made me cry and it made my heart ache, but I couldn't stop reading. What happens to June is terrible, but the story is incredible and I highly recommend it.


If you love impressive stories about the darker side of life, Paper Butterflies is an absolute must-read.


  1. it sounds like it touches on some tougher problems. These are important reads

  2. Pretty intense, but I'm sure it can help some people!


  3. This sounds like a tough read and perhaps a good example of bibliotherapy.

  4. Sounds like a tragic, beautiful and heart breaking read.

  5. This one may hit a little close to home for me.

  6. This one may hit a little close to home for me.

  7. Wow. What a great review! You've got me very curious about this one. I like dark psychological reads.

  8. Sounds like it will be tough to read, but worth it.

  9. A tough subject to grapple with but well-balanced by the sound of it.

  10. Sound really well written but i'm not in the good kind of mind for this kind of reads now. thank you for making us discover it