Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Review: The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
I read this book with a great deal of positive anticipation. There are very few really good mysteries for young adults and this book seemed like it would help fill the gap. Though it was interesting, I had a hard time relating to any of the characters or feeling that caught up in the who-done-it aspect of the story. Even the tense moments were so short lived that they barely caused a bit of anxiety. Lo's obsessive-compulsive mannerisms were more interesting to me than the actual mystery. I was also very irritated with Lo's parents who were completely incapable at parenting or even making an attempt at understanding their daughter and her disorder. It would be so refreshing to have characters whose parents were thoughtful, helpful, and loving instead of distant, messed-up, and incompetent.
Student readers have liked this book. Maybe the things that irritated me about it aren't the things that teens notice. Whatever it is, this book will remain a "top-shelver" when school resumes in September.