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Butterface [Kindle Edition]

Gwen Hayes
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)

Kindle Price: $0.99

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Book Description

When love isn't lucky...or pretty.

The scars on Beth's face aren't nearly as deep as the ones she nurses on the inside. She was born with hemifacial microsomia and was supposed to feel "lucky" that she wasn't as disfigured as some people.

One boy, Lucky O'Leary, starts to find the cracks in her hard shell and finds himself falling for her. Only Lucky has a secret--he needs to bring Beth to a "dog dinner" or lose his spot on the team. She can't find out that the guy who brings the ugliest date wins a prize.

Young Adult Short Story--8000 words

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Product Details

  • File Size: 84 KB
  • Print Length: 29 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Gwen Hayes (April 21, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IPCF5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,770 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Cute story October 2, 2010
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Butterface is a cute and touching story about Beth, a teenage girl with a facial deformity. Beth is used to hiding herself from the world. She has resigned herself to being one of the girls that will never be noticed for her beauty. While dealing with her self-esteem issues, she has a weird relationship with Lucky. They banter back and forth, with her making fun of him being a soccer god and his good looks. Lucky takes the jibes in stride and fusses over the fact that Beth works too much. Their relationship starts off as a friendship but develops into something more. Lucky breaks through the wall that Beth hides behind, finally sees her as more than a friend all thanks to a pink tank top.

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.
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars loved the story. wish it was longer March 3, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
great great story i really enjoyed the way it was writen. only down fall it is short. but it had just a cute story line. the boy was so nice to her. but for 99 cents i am not sure if i would buy it. i read it in about an hour, bathroom breaks and all. so its your call.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I Cried February 6, 2011
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By now you know what the book is about so I won't go into it. It was very well written and way to short. It's nice to have read a book that has something to do with a real physical imparement and give hope to anyone with self confidence issues. The characters were strong and both sweet. I wondered how the author was going to handle the party invitation and I was both surprised and pleased how it went. I cried for Beth because someone so young shouldn't have to go through the feelings she went through she was strong and was more hurt mentally than physically. Worth the money.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's a sad story, but it's underdeveloped June 27, 2011
By Jadore
Format:Kindle Edition
Actual Rating: 2.5

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Sweet, emotional romance May 6, 2012
By Marie
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Butterface is an emotional, sweet romance. Beth is working as a waitress in a small diner near the local college. She has scars left over from surgeries because of a childhood deformity and it's affected her outlook on life and about herself. Compared to others who have suffered from the same issue she knows she should feel `lucky' since her scars aren't that noticeable. She uses sarcasm as a barrier to keep people at a distance. While waiting tables she meets this guy `Lucky' and they develop a sweet relationship. What starts off as a friendship slowly turns into something more. Lucky doesn't see what Beth sees in herself. He's sort of a typical guy in that he notices how hot she looks in a tank top and wants to see more of her. He focuses on all the good whereas she has a hard time seeing anything but what she perceives as flaws.

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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Spellchecker July 11, 2011
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I bought this because I was interested in reading about a character with hemifacial microsomia (but I have to say it's disappointing that the disorder is spelled wrong in the story itself... I'd assumed that it was just a typo in the description but nope, it's spelled wrong in the text as well). I'd love to see the characters developed more and a longer story.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Very Short Story with A Nice Message April 15, 2011
By Riley
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I didn't realize that this was a short story (vs. a novel). I think my review is somewhat based on the fact that I was expecting a novel, and had mentally set myself up for a much longer story story development and situations. However, for its short length, this was a cute story with a nice message about looking beneath the surface. The author also does a nice job of giving you both Beth and Lucky's perspective, so you have a better sense of what is driving their actions. I think I was just caught off guard that the "book" ended so quickly, but then it's only $0.99 so what have you got to lose.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars That was a story? September 25, 2011
By Jill
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Yes. I knew this was a short romance story when I bought it for 99 cents. Sorry, but this story was too short. I would hardly call this a romance. It was missing sooo much. Also some of the things they said we're very stupid. Ugh, What a waste.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Great short read!
I loved the story, it was a delightful short read, only disappointment was that it was almost too short!
Published 1 month ago by ariel
1.0 out of 5 stars Kaila
It was really short. No real details. Pretty boring. Wish I never spent money on it. Don't waste your money
Published 2 months ago by Kaila
5.0 out of 5 stars Touching
Hayes uses comedy to drive a story with very depressing undertone. It is told with omniscient view so you see how Beth feels just as much as Lucky dose, telling from both points is... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ashley Conley
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmm
It was a VERY short story. I was expecting a lot more from it actually. It popped up in my books you might like area and I saw it was cheap so I bought it. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Heather Caputo
3.0 out of 5 stars It was ok
it was good but way too predictable! I was also disappointed with how short it was! oh well, guess that's why it's only $.99!
Published 7 months ago by goo
5.0 out of 5 stars Butterface
I give this 5 stars because it was so heart warming and cute. I wish it was a little longer but it was one of the best books I've ever read
Published 7 months ago by Piper
3.0 out of 5 stars Butterface
This story was short and sweet. I enjoyed reading it and liked the character personalities. It was a good book.
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars It was okay
The book was good, I'm just upset that I paid for a book that I read in, like, twenty minutes. If I'm gonna pay for it, I want to actually get more than twenty minutes of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by ally widen
5.0 out of 5 stars Precious
This story is heartwarming, and it basically reminds us that it really only matters about what's on the inside, an now what's on the outside.
Published 8 months ago by k8ln1313
3.0 out of 5 stars Not sure
This was way shorter then I expected. I wish there was more to the story but overall the concept of it was lovely. :)
Published 8 months ago by Alyssa Garcia
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More About the Author

Gwen Hayes lives in the Pacific Northwest with her real life hero, their children, and the pets that own them. She writes stories for teen and adult readers about love, angst, and saving the world.

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.

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