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Papillon 1 Paperback – October 14, 2008

3.4 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
Book 1 of 5 in the Papillon Series

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From Publishers Weekly

Ueda is the author of Peach Girl, and the lovely figures and flowing lines of that shojo manga are on display here as well. Like that series, this story is about mistaken perceptions and competition. Twin girls were raised apart; now that they're reunited in high school, one is pretty, popular and outgoing, while the other is shy and plain. The title refers to the shy twin's wish to blossom from her cocoon like a butterfly. There might be deep psychological and/or cultural implications to be drawn from the concept that one twin sister could be gorgeous while the other isn't, but here, it's a twist on the Cinderella story, living proof that the shy girl will be able to become more than she is with effort, spiced up with the idea that behavior creates attractiveness. The one's got a crush on a schoolmate, a childhood friend who grew up handsome. A mysterious stranger tells her she can create that reality if she believes hard enough... and then the real story begins. No one here is exactly what they seem, providing welcome depth to an involving teen drama. (Oct.)
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From School Library Journal

Grade 7 Up—Ueda, best known for her prolific "Peach Girl" books (Tokyopop), returns with a new series filled with beautiful girls, beautiful boys, and butterflylike transformations. Ageha resents her twin sister, Hana, for being more popular and attractive than she is, although readers will quickly deduce that their differences really boil down to attitude. The book has several well-developed supporting characters, including Ageha's childhood friend Ryusei, who is now a teen dreamboat, and school guidance counselor Kyu, who believes in the power of positive thinking. He encourages Ageha to reconnect with Ryusei, but soon after she does so and romances start to bloom, Hana makes the ultimate low-down dirty move of stealing Ryusei for herself. Ageha's sorrow is somewhat mollified by Kyu's support, although his friendliness is actually flirtatious and crosses the line of appropriate interaction between a guidance counselor and a student. Ageha continues to pine after Ryusei and makes a concerted effort to win him back. This roller coaster of a romance is beautiful to look at; Ueda's artwork skillfully captures the expressions of love and heartache. The romantic cliff-hanger at the end will definitely make readers stay tuned for more drama in volume 2.—Andrea Lipinski, New York Public Library
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Product Details

  • Series: Papillon (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey (October 14, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345505190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345505194
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.6 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,565,524 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The question at the heart of Papillon is what attraction really means. Is love at first sight really a good start? Is love all about looks, and will beauty always win the day even if we like to pretend it doesn't? Or can self-confidence, intelligence, and sincerity make someone beautiful? High school is a time of surface, where people are judged harshly by first impressions, but at the same time, it is a time of transformation, where everyone is trying to figure out just who they want to be. Ageha is beginning her transformation, but life has a way of throwing up roadblocks--how she deals with them will be her true test.

Ageha feels she will never escape her twin's shadow. Even though she and her identical sister, Hana, share the same basic looks, Hana is the school's social butterfly, adored by all who see her, while Ageha fades into the shadows. The two were raised apart, one in the countryside and one in Tokyo, and in a question of nature versus nurture, they could not be more different. Hana inspires her sister at the same time as she sets a seemingly impossible standard--how can Ageha compete with a girl whose glamour is so enchanting? Hana, even if she is dazzling, is not an angel--she seems to thrive by outshining Ageha, and she relishes keeping Ageha in her place. Ageha, despite years of being a willing pawn in Hana's little game, is beginning to think that it's time to get a bit of the spotlight herself.

Ageha has one secret she hides from Hana--her crush on her childhood friend Ryusei, a boy she adventured with during her life in the countryside as a tomboy when she was more worried about how to catch bugs than what a boy might think of her.
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By Jude on December 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
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I never read Peach Girl, although I did watch the anime, years ago. I didn't even know that this was by the same author until I started reading it. I've thought about reading Peach Girl (should I?), but the art just doesn't look pretty enough. It looks better in this one, though. The story line doesn't look much better though.
It's about Ageha, the 'ugly' older twin sister of Hana. Ageha wears glasses and has acne (even though, I swear, I thought she had freckles until they said that it was acne. And the fact that it was acne and not freckles, even if it didn't look particularly flattering, bothers me. There is nothing wrong with freckles, and that's what it looked like), and doesn't wear skirts and low cut tops, and has pigtails. And image matters a lot to her. Hana is pretty and has been with so many guys and flirts with them all. Ageha grew up in the country with her grandmother and Hana grew up with their parents in the city, and I guess this is a good enough reason for why they are so different. (It's not, really.)
Anyway, Ageha likes Ryusei, a boy she grew up with. She's too shy and embarrassed to say anything to him, and when she gets advice from this boy, Hayato, who turns out to be the school's new student guidance counselor, she decides to try to get closer to him. This works somewhat, until Hana decides to steal him away from her. She crashes this 'date' type of thing they're doing, dressed like Ageha only with more showing, and she's hanging all over them. And then in the middle of this, her newly ex-boyfriend shows up and hits her but then feels bad after she talks some and says something sweet. This was kind of stupid, and very ridiculous, and I don't believe any of it.
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I truly enjoyed the first volume and I can see that it has the potential to be even better than Peach Girl. I liked the main character, Ageha and it seems that her twin sister, Hana is going to be another Sae. I can't wait to see what's gonna happen between Ageha and Kyuu, the guidance counselor. Very good read.
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Papillion by Miwa Ueda is a really cute shojo series about a girl named Ageha trying to steal the guy she likes from her twin sister. The amazon summery makes it more dramatic then it really is.

By the way, Papillion is french for Butterfly and Miwa Ueda is the author of Peach Girl.

The characters in this are very likable and the heroine is easy to relate to if you're a shy or mousy person. Or just anyone who's had unrequited love. Ageha's attitude and confidence changes through a smooth transaction which is nice for a debut volume. Although it moves kinda slow and nothing big happens, the characters deliver it well.

Overall, it's a quick read. Not too deep, but easy to follow and enjoy. The art isn't exactly pretty, but its simplistic and fitting for the story. Its the kind of art that has a beautiful cover image and illustrations, but the comic art isn't as stunning. If you're looking for a new shojo series, I'd recommend this.
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