The Butterfly Clues

The Butterfly Clues

Book - 2012
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Having experienced compulsive behavior all her life, Lo's symptoms are getting her into trouble when she witnesses a murder while wandering dangerous quarters of Cleveland, Ohio, collecting things that do not belong to her, obsessing about her brother's death.
Publisher: New York : Egmont USA, 2012.
ISBN: 9781606842638
1606842633
Branch Call Number: Y FIC ELLI
Characteristics: p. cm.

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ChristchurchLib May 07, 2013

"The death of her older brother, Oren, has only heightened Lo's obsessive-compulsive tendencies, which now include wandering through "Neverland," the dangerous neighbourhood in Cleveland, Ohio, where Oren died of a drug overdose. While exploring Neverland one night, Lo narrowly avoids being shot; when she later discovers that she stumbled upon a young woman's murder, Lo becomes obsessed with finding the girl's killer. In The Butterfly Clues, debut novelist Kate Ellison offers not only a fast-paced suspense story, but also a realistic portrayal of a heroine with complex issues." May 2013 Teen Scene newsletter http://www.nextreads.com/Display2.aspx?SID=5acc8fc1-4e91-4ebe-906d-f8fc5e82a8e0&N=629709

JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I think I might have had more trouble suspending my disbelief about this character's actions and motivations had she not been so convincingly portrayed with OCD. If she had been just any average girl from an average part of town I wouldn't have bought the fact that she kept running around the worst parts of Cleveland with the homeless, strippers, and criminals, breaking into crime scenes and doing all kinds of crazy stuff, but I could actually buy into the idea that this particular character would become so obsessed with a murder that she would feel compelled to keep investigating, even after being warned away by a mutilated cat left on her porch with a note and worse. But I was still annoyed that she was so unbelievably stupid at times, which made it hard for me to empathize. Some readers, I'm sure, are annoyed by the omnipresent reminders of her OCD ticks and the small ways they constantly control her, but I felt that was realistically necessary and thus a strength. And some of the reactions she received from both peers and adults felt agonizingly realistic in a positive way. No, it was her larger choices that, while perhaps believable, kept the book from being enjoyable for me because I just couldn't imagine her actually managing to pull off all the things she got away with. The reactions of other characters to those choices, of the very environment itself to her presence, were what I found hard to swallow a bit too often.
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On the positive side, it certainly made for a tense and suspenseful mystery story, and I enjoyed that aspect quite a lot. Along with the chance to experience the world from an OCD perspective and see different aspects of life than I normally do. I'm not sure it offered an insightful examination of the human condition, but it made for some good escapist fun that had real weight and depth to it. It's well worth reading it that's what you're looking for.

meilenysrks112 Mar 13, 2013

The story was absolutely beautiful!!!! I enjoyed the story very much. You'll find yourself falling in love with them. There is a superb mix of mystery, suspense , and romance. I don't want to give anything away but please do NOT look over this book. Give it a chance, I promise you that you won't regret reading it.

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Jun 25, 2012

I really liked this book. The mystery, and romance aspects blend together very well, while still keeping the book interesting and suspenseful.

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JCLChrisK Apr 30, 2013

I feel oddly comfortable here, among my own kind--the weird and the forgotten, the invisible and ignored. At school, I'm the girl who eats plain grape jelly sandwiches wrapped in tinfoil, alone on the front lawn, or in the library when it gets too cold outside. I'm the girl who can't enter or exit the bus, school, class, without tapping and banana-ing, the girl who doesn't raise her hand when she knows the answer because if she did, she'd have to put it back against her desk and raise it again and repeat. Three times, or six, or nine--depending on a whole host of other factors she could not control--how many words were in the question, how any other people had raised their hands, how many times the person in front of me had scratched the top of her head. I'm the girl who cannot shower after gym class because she'd have to do that, too, at least three times and, by the time she finished, the school day would have ended.

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