Inspired by the beautiful cover of her new novel, The Island at the End of Everything , we asked Kiran for her top five children's books featuring butterflies….
Butterflies in May by Karen Hart
This beautiful, bittersweet tale of a boy and his lion is both sad and heart-warming - and the final pages, where the butterflies truly come into play, are amongst the best ever written. I urge you to read it! A slight spoiler alert if you haven't read it, but I doubt there are many readers left who haven't! This was one of my first favourite books, and I still relate more than ever to a creature that wants to eat everything. I'm still waiting for my transformation, though… If you enjoyed this classic, try Elmer and the Butterfly by David McKee next it's published by Andersen Press.
Maia is taken from her English boarding school and thrust into the heart of the Amazon in this brilliant adventure story about discovery and what makes a family. She witnesses so many wonders - amongst them, butterflies. When Tina is paired up with the school bully Selma to build a butterfly garden, she isn't happy about it.
Juli Universe in Words. Yeah, I would see the cover and think 90s and something that is not that good other. Reminds me of Juno the theme and you are right about that cover, really 90s. I will look for this one here. Tusen takk for bok tips: Monday, December 27, Book review: Butterflies in May by Karen Hart. Ali Parker is 17; she is a responsible high school student and the editor of the schools newspaper. This year she got a boyfriend, Matt, who is just wonderful, almost the perfect boyfriend.
Ali and Matt are planning their future, they both want to go to college; he wants to study art and she wants to study journalism. Their biggest problem is which colleges to apply to. Ali is set on abortion and to carry on with her life as normal after the procedure. This year she got a boyfriend, Matt, who is just wonderful, almost the perfect boyfriend. Ali and Matt are planning their future, they both want to go to college; he wants to study art and she wants to study journalism. Their biggest problem is which colleges to apply to. Ali is set on abortion and to carry on with her life as normal after the procedure.
Is it really that easy? Ali has other options but she doesn't feel like even considering them. Butterflies in May were an excellent novel about becoming pregnant as a teenager. Even though this is fiction it is very informative, in a non boring way, and will give young adults a lot to think about.
I would recommend this novel to be read by both genders, as I think this is a story all could benefit from reading. I also think this novel would be a nice read for parents. No one would like their seventeen year old to become a parent but if one is faced with the situation then it is important to try and look at the situation from ones daughter or sons point of view. The main character, Ali, had such a difficult road to walk.
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Ali had wonderful support from her best friend, Monica, who I thought was a wonderful character and some of her family members as well. Butterflies in May, along with Neal Shusterman's Unwind, should be required reading for all teenagers. I really thought that this was a YA book, but according to NetGalley it is adult fiction. I think that it would be appropriate for teens though. I was drawn into the story from the beginning and I was hard pressed to put this book down!
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I really enjoyed Ali's voice. She stays true to herself and her feelings despite everyone else in her life urging her to make a different decision about her pre Butterflies in May, along with Neal Shusterman's Unwind, should be required reading for all teenagers. She stays true to herself and her feelings despite everyone else in her life urging her to make a different decision about her pregnancy. Ali does a lot of growing up and self-discovery throughout the story. She begins to reexamine her life decisions and her relationships as the book progresses.
The account of Ali's pregnancy was unvarnished and refreshing. She tells it like it is, which I could really relate to, being 18 weeks pregnant right now. I especially identified with Ali's weight gain early on, since I also exceeded the weight gain guidelines due to my only relief from constant nausea coming from high-fat, high-carbohydrate foods. The events at the end of the book left me in tears.
The ending was so sweet: I would recommend this book to anyone! I wanted to pop Ali for putting up with some of Matt's ill treatment of her. Appropriate for a younger audience: Sep 25, Lindsay Paige rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Hart writes a book that is real. One little thing leads to Ali being pregnant. All it took was one time. Hart writes Ali's denial. Ali doesn't want to accept that this has happened to her.
She thought she was invincible. Her and Matt both. They soon discover they aren't. Everything spirals from there. Being pregnant while in high school means so many things. You have symptoms like morning sickness, cravings, and more. You have to face other students to gossip about you. You have to face your parents. You have to face reality of what having a baby means and Ali wasn't prepared at all.
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She fights with Matt who seems to be going farther and farther away. She has her mom trying to push her to make decisions but at the same time she is trying to cope and help Ali. Ali has to make hard decisions and we see her struggle with it. I teared up reading this book and following Ali's story. It's something I have a hard time describing. It's something you simply have to read for yourself. Butterflies in May is amazingly touching and it shows the story of a girl who got pregnant, made a decision, and has to heal while moving on with her life and the changes that decision made.
The ending was the best for me. I loved everything about it and the rest of the book. To Buy or To Borrow: You won't regret it. Sep 26, Nina rated it it was amazing. I have not read a lot of books about teen pregnancy, but enjoying watching MTV show teen mom makes me want to read about this topic more. Butterflies in May is a great story that gave me an insightful look in a young girls live who has to deal with teenage pregnancy. Ali Parker is a 17 year old girl who had a perfect live, before she got pregnant. She is scared, confused and she has a lot of courage.
When she finds out she is pregnant she handles the situation just how I imagined I would have if I I have not read a lot of books about teen pregnancy, but enjoying watching MTV show teen mom makes me want to read about this topic more. When she finds out she is pregnant she handles the situation just how I imagined I would have if I would find out I was pregnant at that age.
I love that she listened to her inner voice and not to her boyfriend Matt or to her mother. She stayed strong and I loved that about her. Matt was also a great character. Even though I did not like his actions and his decision, I did understand them. Though he could have been nicer.
I enjoyed the plot a lot. I also liked that Ali gets help from a teacher at school and gets advice from different people with different opinions. Butterflies in May is a wonderful story about a 17 year old girl who has to deal with the consequences of teenage pregnancy while coming of age into a young woman. Oct 13, Hrtnsoul28 rated it it was amazing Shelves: I absolutely loved this book. So many emotions swirled around me.
I should not be surprised Matt turned out to be so disappointing. Ali was so real to me I felt I could reach out and touch her. I was so in touch with every emotion she had. I guess most boys Matt's age would be like this. I thought he was really in love with her but throughout the story I felt maybe he never was. I also loved the fun and crazy best friend. I was a teen mother. I was pregnant at 16 a mother at I know all the t I absolutely loved this book. I know all the thoughts and actions she did. I never would have an abortion but my boyfriend at the time was all for it.