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The artistry of this book is not just in the way of the words, but also in the heart of Zelda's graphic novel, Mother May I? and the few drawings of that novel included in the story (heck, I wanted to be able read Zelda's graphic novel myself). They really elevate the plot to a higher level from their meaning and how it relates to Zelda's own life and impasse as she struggles to find closure and peace balanced with justice. As for Beckett, he teeters on the edge of potential happiness, but won't ask for forgiveness so his dilemma has to do with wanting and having more than the confines of his cage and wondering if some boundaries are worth pushing if he doesn't deserve it. There are so many thought provoking aspects between Zelda and Beckett that I was constantly churning the possibilities in my mind as the questions arose about redemption and second chances, while enjoying their relationship build-up and dynamic.
Every time Emma Scott writes a book, it is so different from the others that came before it and The Butterfly Project is no exception. There's a dimension of chaos theory, righting the wrongs of the past without actually being able to change the past, and finding the will to move on with the support to do so. I could palpably feel the characters' pain, just as much as when they were content or hit a bump on the road. What I loved was how Zelda and Beckett were able to confront their issues with each other's help while healing and how conscientious they were. The poetic tapestry of Emma Scott's talented words and the graphic illustrations create such a vivid picture and memorable experience while reading. There are multiple tiers to the plot and endless possibilities when it comes to answers since nothing is hard and concrete (because of the vast number of variables that can't be controlled), yet what if they could? Whether you are new to Emma Scott's writing or not, The Butterfly Project is not to be missed.
Zelda Rossi moves from Vegas to NYC to try to make it in the big city. She’s got a graphic novel she’s been working on and she’s trying to get it published. Things aren’t as easy for Zelda as she’d hoped in New York. She has the choice of sticking it out in a city where she knows no one, or packing up and putting her dreams on hold. After meeting Beckett by chance at a restaurant, she decides to stay.
Beckett Copeland works full time as a bike messenger and part time as a bus boy to make ends meet. It’s not easy finding good paying jobs when you have a criminal record. Because of his situation and the past that eats at him every day, Beckett doesn’t get too close to many people, though it’s easy to see right away, he has a heart of gold. When he meets Zelda, he knows there is something special about her. Something he can relate to. Zelda’s past isn’t painless. Though it’s very different than Beckett’s, they are also one of the same in a way.
Beckett and Zelda become roommates out of necessity. If Beckett is going to continue to pay his rent and not be stressed, and if Zelda wants to stay in the city- this is the best choice for them both. They quickly forge a friendship. As they start to break down each others walls, that friendship slowly starts to develop into more.
Zelda and Beckett are both broken in different ways. But they’re also both so very strong. Ask me which one I loved more… I couldn’t choose. Beckett has the best heart of any hero I’ve read in a long time. His kindness, regrets, selflessness and love knows no bounds. I love that he’s always there for Zelda and all of the people in his life he cares for. Zelda has had a hard life and I love her determination and perseverance. She is a fierce and standup heroine. As much as Beckett was there for her when she needed him, she was there for him in return.
This book is so special. Zelda and Beckett are so special. And there are so many side characters that are special. Roy, Darlene, even Aunt Lucille. So many will hold a place in your heart.
The story is out of this world phenomenal. It gave me goosebumps and all the feels. It is so much more than a romance. It’s a story of friendship, and it showcases the way guilt can change a person, but also the way forgiveness can change a person. It is powerful, uplifting, profound and flawless. I loved everything about this book. The writing was magical, the characters were uniquely wonderful and the story itself was epic. I highly recommend this one!