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  • File Size: 84 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, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003IPCF5C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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.



For more information, please visit http://www.gwenhayes.com or sign up for her non-spammy newsletter here: http://eepurl.com/v-4Xj

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By M. Whitmore VINE VOICE on 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 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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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By McKenzie Ferris on March 3, 2011
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jadore on June 27, 2011
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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 By Marie on May 6, 2012
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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 By Riley on April 15, 2011
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Aquilaria on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. L. Graham on August 28, 2012
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Butterface by Gwen Hayes is a book about a girl I can understand.

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.
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