The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes

I received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea PortesThe Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Portes
on May 10th, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Family, Young Adult-Coming of Age
Format: Audiobook
Source: The Publisher

We Were Liars meets Looking for Alaska in a uniquely funny and heartbreaking teen novel about a passionate-yet-doomed friendship set against a backdrop of wealth and glamour.

Willa Parker, 646th and least-popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life. Did she choose this 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 Willa has no intention of fitting in. 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 in. 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 Remy spinning right out of her grasp.

Andrea Portes, author of the hilarious, heartbreaking Anatomy of a Misfit, spins a similarly incandescent, heartfelt story that explores the meaning of friendship, new beginnings, and the precarious joy and devastating pain of finding home in a place—a person—with wings.

My Thoughts:

The Fall of Butterflies was a new-to-me book that I had not seen much of before requesting it for review on audio. I’ve been in a contemporary mood, and this was the perfect book to satisfy my new habit of mood reading.

I loved the writing. It’s told in the second person, with Willa narrating to you as the reader. It was a fun and unique was to be pulled into the story, especially given the state of mind that Willa was in at the beginning of the story. It’s like she is preparing us… for things to come.

Willa has an unapologetic voice that I love reading. She comes off… rude, crass, and harsh at times, and there were even comments that would (and do) upset others, but it’s the way she handles herself that makes me attracted to her personality. She feels alone, isolated, and watching her open up and find herself after befriending Remy was a magical experience, even though their relationship was toxic to the core. She grows a lot throughout the book and finds herself along the way. The themes throughout the novel are dark but well handled. It’s not overdone but not too subtle, either.

The Narration

I thought Cassandra Campbell did a great job narrating Willa. Willa is far from a reliable narrator, and she was able to portray that in her voice. I also really liked how she handled Remy’s voice, or all the characters, really. She doesn’t have that too mature voice, either, which is great considering the age of the characters. I will be on the look out for more books narrated by her in the future!

All in all – I really liked The Fall of Butterflies. It’s a quick read (listen), with a dark undertone but such a great story of a girl finding her way. The ending is left pretty open, so that leaves us to fill in the rest of their story. Or maybe, a revisit? I highly recommend it.


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