The Butterfly Project, Emma Scott

Netgalley copy in exchange for an honest review. 

The Blurb 

"Where you are is home..."

At age fourteen, Zelda Rossi witnessed the unthinkable, and has spent the last ten years hardening her heart against the guilt and grief. She channels her pain into her art: a dystopian graphic novel where vigilantes travel back in time to stop heinous crimes—like child abduction—before they happen. Zelda pitches her graphic novel to several big-time comic book publishers in New York City, only to have her hopes crash and burn. Circumstances leave her stranded in an unfamiliar city, and in an embarrassing moment of weakness, she meets a guarded young man with a past he’d do anything to change...

Beckett Copeland spent two years in prison for armed robbery, and is now struggling to keep his head above water. A bike messenger by day, he speeds around New York City, riding fast and hard but going nowhere, his criminal record holding him back almost as much as the guilt of his crime.

Zelda and Beckett form a grudging alliance of survival, and in between their stubborn clash of wills, they slowly begin to provide each other with the warmth of forgiveness, healing, and maybe even love. But when Zelda and Beckett come face to face with their pasts, they must choose to hold on to the guilt and regret that bind them, or let go and open their hearts for a shot at happiness. 

My Thoughts 

Oh. My. God.

Stop what you’re doing, order this book, read it, talk about it, spread the love, DO IT DO IT DO IT! I need buddies to fangirl with. 

This story was everything and even more than that. 

I loved everything about it. The characters were very raw, and strong yet vulnerable. All in all, they were extremely realistic and relatable. I loved that Zelda was a comic book artist, and that Beckett was a felon, just because those are not often portrayed in books (at least, I don’t read much about them anyway). 

Their connection was instant and promising, without feeling forced or rushed. It just clicked, and their chemistry translated so well on the paper I could not help but rooting for them. I also loved the fact that we get to see the story from both their points of view (you know I love that). 

And it was slow burning. WHAT MORE CAN YOU ASK FOR?

The story itself was beautiful, and not just because of the characters. It is about hope, redemption, and second chances. I’ll be honest and tell you I was scared of being disappointed when I started reading. But truth be told, now that I’m closing the book, I hadn’t realised how much I needed that story at that moment in my life. It was filled with hope and love and trust and confidence.

I loved it. 



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