21 July 2010

REVIEW: Butterface by Gwen Hayes

Gwen Hayes
ISBN #: 978-1-4524-6529-6
Publisher Name: Gwen Hayes
April 2010
8,000 words


Beth wasn't pretty. Born with hemifacial microsamia, she's supposed to feel lucky that it wasn't worse, that the surgeries made her almost normal, and that the scars are mostly not noticeable. Nobody told her how to hide the scars on the inside though.

Lucas O'Leary, Lucky, doesn't even notice Beth's face. He's finding out that underneath her granite hard shell, she's really a sweet girl. He enjoys spending time with her and is beginning to realize he might want to be more than just her friend.

But Lucky has a secret--if he doesn't bring Beth to the "dog dinner" party his roommates are having, he's off the team. The soccer scholarship is paying his college tuition--he HAS to stay on the team. But if Beth ever finds out she's his entry in the contest for ugliest date, he stands to lose even more.

Lucas O'Leary didn't often question why his life always seemed to fall into place just right. He was satisfied with the outcome, after all, and it wasn't like he didn't work hard and give it everything he had. Just because everyone called him Lucky, didn't mean luck really handed him everything.

But sometimes, like tonight, part of him felt a little guilty.

I purchased this book several weeks okay (okay, months ago, sue me) when I saw Mama Kitty's  review on the short story. Her review intrigued me and since the story was only 0.99 cents I quickly downloaded it to ShaNayNay and promptly forgot about it.

Then I got my new HTC Evo Droid phone and downloaded the Kindle for Droid app (Great application by the way. It is so less conspicuous to sneak reads at work when you have your cell phone with it's convenient stand in front of your computer instead of your Kindle – not that I would know that from experience or anything – just a general comment – LOL).

Anyhoo, I had just finished another book on my Evo and was scrolling through the titles for another read, when I saw BUTTERFACE. It was a B so it came up pretty quick and I remember that MamaKitty liked the book so I opened it and began reading.

And immediately began transformed. BUTTERFACE is lyrical, true to life, with characters that sympathized with and connected with even when they weren't doing the right thing.

Because of her deformity, Beth is used to hiding. She keeps her hair pulled in front of her face and tries to disguise her insecurity with a sharp wit. Lucky is the all around dreamboat and star athlete. He comes into the diner where Beth works at every night to escape from his roommates, study, and try to figure out what he wants to do with his life. Used to being in each other's presence, a casual friendship erupts. That friendship takes on another level when several of Lucky's teammates come into the diner see Beth and decide that Lucky needs to invite Beth to the soccer team's annual dog dinner. If he reneges, he could be kicked off the team and lose his scholarship. What's a guy to do? Feeling like a jerk for how his teammates coerced Beth into attending the dinner, he spends more time with her and slowly sees her as a girl, a girl he's becoming increasingly attracted to. Yet the dance is approaching. What is he going to do?

BTW, yes, I know it's annoying to have questions in reviews. But, WTF, you should know by now that I suck with plot summaries. If you want to know what happens buy the darn book. It's good I'm telling you!

I can't find anything wrong that annoyed me about BUTTERFACE. No flaws that I can harp on. That's kinda annoying actually.

BUTTERFACE is a short story that doesn't feel short. Beth and Lucky have full character arcs and I love the fact that they come to their full potential on their own. They each have a journey of self discovery that is moving and realistic. Theirs no outside source swooping in to save the day. No, I can't live without you. No, I'll die if you leave me. No, I'll sit and stare out my bedroom window while the months drift by across the pages. No one gets shot and only realizes that they were meant for the other person when they're near their deathbed. Thank God.

The prose and writing was awesome and add to what great characters Lucky and Beth are for example:

Lucky wasn't always clear on girlspeak, but he thought she was trying to tell him something important. So he shut up. Because that is what smart guys do when a girl is winding up to talk about something important. If you interrupt with what you think might be a reasonable question like, Do all waitresses have pen names? She will shut down and say, Nevermind. And that word is the kiss of death to any make-out session you'd been hoping to have later that night.

At all costs, when it comes to girls, avoid being told nevermind. Even if you weren't planning on kissing them. It's just good sense.

Thursday night, he kissed her sweetly at her front door and she actually sighed. Like a girl. She wanted to kick her own ass. But something in his eyes changed at that moment, like they caught flame. Suddenly, he kissed her so hard she found herself crushed to the wall and whatever had sparked in his eyes roared to life in that kiss. It wasn't sweet. It set fire to her blood and melted her bones into molten lava.

At this rate, she was never going to be a lesbian.

I'm serious. What are you waiting for? Read this book!


Purchased with my own money. And you should purchase with yours. Come on people it's only 0.99 cents! And click on the link below. No one has bought through my Amazon links yet. DO IT! DO IT! DO IT!

Umm, yes I have issues. Sue me!


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11 people posted their 2 cents:

Dren said...

Ok I'm your FIRST comment AND your first Amazon purchase -- ain't I great! LOL Love your reviews - anything you give an A+ is an autobuy for me!

MamaKitty said...

This is the part where I should say "I told you!" but I won't because I'm way too nice for that. ;)

I seriously loved this book. It was sweet and a little sad, and it made me think twice about things. I love when books make me think. And Gwen is such an amazing writer, so her words come across the page so beautifully. I think I might need to read the book again. :)

Gwen Hayes said...

*blushing* Thanks for the review.

Kwana said...

Wow. Great review. I have to get this book. Thanks. Love how you sneak reads on the phone too.

Lynette said...

Can't wait. You guys are going to love this book!

Stacy~ said...

I have just added this to my TBB list! Wonderful review, and I'm so curious about this book now.

A Buckeye Girl Reads said...

Your review has convinced me that I need to give this book a chance. I'm adding it to my list of books I want to read.

katsrus said...

Thank you for your great review.
Sue B

Kaetrin said...

Okay, I don't read YA. But I read this review and I went and bought the story anyway. And I loved it. Thank you so much for the rec Lynette!

Lynette said...

I'm SOOO glad you liked it. Some other awesome YA is The Truth About Forever and Just Listen by Sarah Dessen!

Kaetrin said...

are there reviews here for those?

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