And for Your Information by Denise Deegan (Butterfly Novel #2)

How did I get the book?  I bought it because Luisa Plaja recommended it to me.

click meGenre: Contemporary

Important Information: You will need tissues, probably chocolate and something to hug.

Synopsis: Everyone thinks they know who I am – ditzy Sarah, who cares more about appearances than she does about anything real. And yeah, I do care about what people think of me.
Take my friends Alex and Rachel. We all go to Strandbrook College, Dublin. We’re supposed to be best friends. But Alex and Rachel – they’re really close. They tell each other things that they would never tell me. I try not to mind.
And then there’s Simon. He’s my sort-of boyfriend but we hardly see each other. And when we do, I feel like he doesn’t really ‘see’ me, you know?
Everything’s such a mess right now. My dad left us to be with Her; my mum is really angry all the time; and my brother Louis, he just doesn’t care.
I guess that’s why the shoplifting started. It makes me feel good. In control.
I just want everything to change. And it does. The day I got caught . . .

200words (or less) review: I was somewhat apprehensive about the second Butterfly Novel because Sarah really doesn’t make a great impression in the first book. She comes across as flakey and annoying but after the first chapter of And for Your Information Sarah made sense. Not only that but I sympathised with her so much that I spend most of this book blubbing.

Sarah is caught shoplifting; her punishment is community service and therapy arranged by her father who left her mother for another woman not that long ago. Sarah keeps this a secret from her friends convinced that they’d drop her the moment they find out.

Denise Deegan has written a beautiful story with a most amazingly endearing and flawed character, if I could have I would have crawled into the book to hug Sarah. Not only is Sarah’s own story a tearjerker but what happened in Butterfly #1 is continued and boy I did not see that development coming.

The writing remains awesome, it takes a couple of sentences before you’re completely in the story. I was hoping And for Your Information would as good as book one but instead it surpassed everything. Truly wonderful, read it.

Recommend it?

Sunshine Star

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