And Actually by Denise Deegan (Butterfly Novel #3)

How did I get the book?  I bought it.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression: I wonder what Rachel’s story is.

Synopsis: When I moved to Strandbrook College, I met Alex and Sarah. They treated me like I was normal. A human being. They actually liked me – though it took a while for me to trust that. I’ve never told them about my life before I met them. That shame can stay in the past. Weird thing is, they think I’m the strong one. The one with all the answers. The guru. When I’m offered a part on a TV show, they think it’s all my dreams come true. And it is. Except that it’ll bring me face-to-face with someone from my past – and memories I’ve kept buried. But I’ve changed. And I’m sure Rebecca has too. Whatever happens, there’s no way I’m going to let my past destroy my future.

200words (or less) review: The last of the Butterfly Novels is Rachel’s story. While I didn’t cry like I did with book two I did still get very emotional about Rachel’s plight.

And Actually is a story about bullying and for anyone who’s suffered this will definitely hit a nerve. I think this would be a great book for anyone wanting to understand bullying better. Unlike the obvious physical bullying Rachel’s is emotional, subtle and designed to chink away at her self-esteem.

I really loved one of the new characters, Maisie. She’s by far one of the best adults in the series. Rachel’s story picks up two weeks after the events of book two and while I think you can read this book as a standalone reading the others will make Alex and Sarah’s characters much more important and understandable.

The Butterfly Series has been some of the best reading I’ve done this year And Actually is an excellent way to end it. I do wish there were more.

Recommend it?

Absolutely.

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