Wednesday, April 15, 2020

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind by Victoria Williamson - ADVISABLE

The Boy with the Butterfly Mind by Victoria Williamson, 253 pages. Kelpies (Floris), 2019. $15.

Language: PG (9 swears, 0 “f”); Mature Content G; Violence: G



Jamie Lee has severe ADHD.  His mind goes 100 miles an hour and he has a hard time concentrating on any one thing, making his brain feel like it is full of butterflies. Elin Watts, 12yo, wants to be perfect.  She is sure that if she is, she can repair her family and bring her parents back together.  Told in alternating chapters, Jamie’s and Elin’s lives collide as they discover that through pain and chaos, maybe their goals are similar and that striving to be “normal” might be an elusive goal, especially when liking yourself is difficult. 

A great read for kids dealing with the effects of divorce.  Jami’s ADHD makes you weep for him and cringe at the same time.  Elin’s character, though trying to be perfect, is highly flawed.  Relatable themes of not fitting in, dealing with adversity, self-discovery, and relationships, make this relevant for teens. 

Michelle in the Middle

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