When love isn’t lucky…
The scars on Beth’s face aren’t nearly as deep as the ones she nurses on the inside. She was born with hemifacial microsamia and was supposed to feel “lucky” that she wasn’t as disfigured as some people.
One boy, Lucky O’Leary starts to find the cracks in her hard shell and finds himself falling for her. Only Lucky has a secret–he needs to bring Beth to a “dog dinner” or lose his spot on the team. She can’t find out that the guy who brings the ugliest date wins a prize.
A short story by Gwen Hayes about a girl with scars inside & out and the boy who’s willing to look beyond the surface. While impressed by the character development Hayes was able to accomplish in such a short word count, I felt the story itself was a little rushed and wished for more development, particularly in the individual growth and realizations of Beth.
Also, I understand the story was more about the two main characters coming to grips with who they are as people and the kind of people they want to become, while the romance played a more secondary role. But, I believe their first and second dates are summarized in about a paragraph, and I really wish I could have seen more of Lucky & Beth’s relationship shifting from friendship to something perhaps a little more. Despite this, however, their’s is a rather sweet, little romance.
Overall, Butterface is an enjoyable and quick read. If you’re a fan of Hayes you should definitely give it a whirl.
* Decided I was going to try a new feature on the blog… I love writing my longer reviews, but sometimes a shorter review is more than adequate. These shorter reviews will be listed under the category “Flashbulb Reviews.”
** If you’re interested in Trick-or-Treating book blog style, and perhaps receiving your own copy of Butterface, check out THIS POST.
Published: April 21st 2010 by Gwenn Hayes
Format: Kindle; Nook; Smashwords
Source: Gifted from author in the YA Halloween Trick-or-Treat Party