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The Butterfly Sister: A Novel (P.S.) Paperback – August 6, 2013
Four girls on a trip to Paris suddenly find themselves in a high-stakes game of Truth or Dare that spirals out of control. Learn More
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However, as other reviewers have noted, there were elements of the story that seemed far-fetched. And the ending was so convoluted and such a disappointment that it spoiled a novel that otherwise had the makings of an excellent read.
About two-thirds of the way through this book, when Ruby meets and attends a lecture of Professor Barnard's, I thought to myself, "Wow, this is really good - a well-written novel of shared female empowerment." And although that theme wasn't completely shattered by the ending, the majority of it was.
I found this novel frustrating because it started so well, got even better, and then fell off a ledge. It's hard not to wonder if some, if not all of the author's friends and editors who read through the manuscript didn't suggest a different ending that would be just as effective, but not so nearly convoluted and far-fetched.
All in all, I hope Amy Gail Hansen continues to write. She shows a lot of promise and with more experience and an excellent editor, Hansen just might be able to create a novel that is an A+, rather than a B-.
I actually felt offended by some of the passages that Ms Hansen wrote. I can suspend reality, but when one is writing about mental illness and suicide, a less hysterical viewpoint is needed. The story got more and more unbelievable until the very pat ending. Whatever lasting impact the writer had been hoping for was met with a giant eye-roll, glad that it was over.
This feels like it was written by a man in his 60s who has a distaste for liberal arts and women. All of the women's studies students are described as angry, hysterical and bitter, and, without giving away the completely unbelievable twist, the feminist theory professor is both mocked for being a lesbian and is written to be an insane man-hater who wants to literally castrate for revenge. Rush Limbaugh couldn't have written it better. There was also a rather bizarre current of "gay panic" to the writing, with a tacked-on anti-abortion message at the end.
There was nothing plausible about ANY of the plot points, and all of the characters were stereotypes. Has Ms Hansen spoken to a woman in her 20s since the 1980s? Has she ever known anyone who struggled with mental illness? Has suicide ever affected her or someone in her life? Has she actually even read - or understood - the works that she claims have inspired this novel? Trite, idiotic and offensive.
Entwined with these notions is the "illegality" of a professor sleeping with his students. While frowned upon and questionably unethical, sex between consenting adults is not illegal. Hansen, blithely throwing around Feminist and Gender studies with those razor blades and bottles of pills, wants everyone to know how evil it is, but she never deals with Why. Nor does the Reader's Guide.Read more ›
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Good book club pick. Had sort of a right to life vibe since one girl committed suicide over an abortion and another chose not to abort. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Wenda Campbell
Great story! I will recommend it to friends . A little slow to start but I didn't want to put it down in the end.Published 9 days ago by ACaughey
As I began reading I thought perhaps it was going to be a predictable teen love story but suddenly I found myself unable to put it down as Ruby's emotions became tangled up in... Read morePublished 1 month ago by L. Jones
I really enjoyed this book and its introspection into how unreciprocated love could lead a tender heart toward attempting suicide. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Juli Wordgirl
The book was interesting at the very beginning. I could relate and sympathize with the main character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Iris R