- File Size: 91 KB
- Print Length: 29 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Gwen Hayes (April 21, 2010)
- Publication Date: April 21, 2010
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003IPCF5C
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,977 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Butterface Kindle Edition
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More About the Author
Gwen's first novel, Falling Under, was released in March of 2011 by NAL/Penguin and followed up by the sequel, Dreaming Awake, in January of 2012.
She is represented by Jessica Sinsheimer of the Sarah Jane Freymann Literary Agency.
For more information, please visit http://www.gwenhayes.com or sign up for her non-spammy newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/v-4Xj
Top Customer Reviews
Butterface is a nice, quick read with fully developed characters and plot. Even though I thought that Lucky was a little too good to be true I appreciated the message in the story-telling.
In a world where beauty matters more than a good personal quality and peer pressure is powerful, Lucky is trying to weigh if he should choose Beth--a "butterface", who isn't his type--or give in to his friends idiocy? Although it's a short story, it held a thought-provoking message to munch on; but it's just not gratifying.
Lucky is a freshman in college and he's there because of a soccer scholarship. He makes a stupid decision that affects their relationship and since this is such a short story it would be hard to say much more without giving away a spoiler. Beth and Lucky have to work for their relationship and I like that there wasn't a quick fix to this story. This story is really short but there's a lot of emotion packed into it. This is the first thing I've read by Gwen Hayes and it's a great example of her writing. I'll be checking out more from her in the future.
Elizabeth Anderson was born with Hemifacial Microsamia, a facial deformity. She had managed to not be inundated with the kidney and hear problems that plagued some patients with this birth defect. Often, "they" would say she was lucky. In Beth's mind, lucky people aren't born with facial deformities. She keeps her hair messy as a curtain to help hid the scars from the deformity. She had learned how to hide the asymmetry of her face by camouflaging it with the hair in different ways, how she held her neck, her cheek. Anything that would soften the profile she had.
Lucas O'Leary, better known as Lucky is one of the University's star soccer players, who lives with six of his teammates, rather than at the dorms on campus. He's spending a lot of time at Bing's Diner, because it was open all night and served breakfast 24/7. Several of Lucky's teammates show up at the diner one night and suggest that he take Liz to the "Dog Dance."
I related to how Beth felt, as I was born with a uni-lateral cleft lip, a cleft palate, and have scars and a flattened nose as a result of the surgeries. I remember going home I tears after not only kids but teachers made fun of me and my speech impediment. How Ms. Hayes managed to show us so quickly, and satisfactorily the two main characters and get us to like them is a testament to her writing ability.
This story will leave you with a smile, and hopefully, you'll be drawn to learn more about Hemifacial Microsamia as I was.
This book receives a ****1/2 from me. Thank you, Gwen, for writing a story about an imperfect looking heroine.
Note: I purchased this book through Smashwords rather than Amazon.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is very well written. The author was able to make the characters come to life. The main topic of this story is a very real problem in our society. Read morePublished 8 months ago by jesusfreakcog
Such a cute story
Wish it was a bit longer but it was straight to the point kind of book
I'd recommend this to anyone just to remind them never to judge a book by a... Read more
Too quick. Too forced. If it was stretched out more, given more time with the characters it could have been great.Published 14 months ago by Kindle Customer
Cutesy. Teenage romance for sure. But a good quick read when in need. May read it again. Who knows
The beginning of this short story was adorable so I forked out cash to read the end. It was only a dollar but I feel gypped. The best stuff is all in the sample. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mehndeke
This was really nice, I liked it. I agree it was short, but highly entertaining.Published 16 months ago by Ali
I loved the story, it was a delightful short read, only disappointment was that it was almost too short!Published 19 months ago by ariel
It was really short. No real details. Pretty boring. Wish I never spent money on it. Don't waste your moneyPublished 20 months ago by Kaila
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