Monday, June 6, 2016

Book Review: Chasing Butterflies by Terri E. Laine

This story pulled at my heart. It's no typical love story but one I will cherish for a long time to come. The characters really got to me.

I enjoyed reading both POVs especially because sometimes they were overlapping in time (but just a small part of it and never in a boring kind of way) and some scenes were interesting to read from both perspectives. It’s like reading both characters story and this helped to understand them better because they both had to struggle with different things while growing up.

Even though I went blind into the story because I didn’t read the full blurb and instantly knew I would like it, I didn’t expect to love this book as much as I do.
This is such a unique story for a unique boy with bicolored eyes. Imagine standing in front of him and looking into those gorgeous eyes of his. *swoon* Kelly is one of the good guys even though he thought different of himself.

I love that the author put a lot of meaningful details into the story and that they fell into place so perfectly. (For example the name Kelley and the nickname Lenny wasn’t picked randomly and you will probably notice what I mean when you read the book. Also the bicolored eyes of Kelley and the butterflies.)

I enjoy Terri E. Laine's writing and how she creates her characters. I already loved her other books Cruel and Beautiful and also A Mess of a Man which she both co-wrote with A.M. Hargrove.

The Story:
I don’t want to spoil anything in telling you too much about the story apart from that it’s about a young boy named Kelley who has no easy life growing up. He has to deal with loss, love, anger and so many more emotions that are especially hard to deal with when you are a lonely kid and not able to share your stuff with someone else. Since his family moved a lot, he didn’t have any friends. What made it even harder for him was that he had to endure the anger of his drunken father. He found distraction and oblivion in meaningless sexy with girls until he meets Lenny.

I was surprised by how much I loved every part of it no matter how ugly or sweet it was. I couldn't put it down even through the tough parts of it.
I almost read the book in one go and I wish I took more time so I could still enjoy it.

I felt so sorry for Kelly. He had a hard life and so did Lenny. Their childhood was horrible and her life after high school wasn't easy either. I am glad though that especially in that hard time they found each other even when it wasn't a Cinderella-like story where the instant they saw each other everything was perfect. They still had a tough life but they found the perfect match in each other because they knew firsthand how fucked-up life can be.
I envy this love they shared. I think this is a rare love to find but the best one to have. They’re lucky besides all that horrible stuff they had to go through.

This is no ordinary fairy tale where boy meets girl and they find their happily-ever-after because both characters have some hard stuff to go through. But maybe this is exactly why this is such a special story.

-- I received an ARC of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. --

My rating: 5 of 5 stars
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About the Author:
Terri E. Laine, USA Today bestselling author, left a lucrative career as a CPA to pursue her love for writing. Outside of her roles as a wife and mother of three, she’s always been a dreamer and as such became an avid reader at a young age.

Many years later, she got a crazy idea to write a novel and set out to try to publish it. With over a dozen titles published under various pen names, the rest is history. Her journey has been a blessing, and a dream realized. She looks forward to many more memories to come.

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