Katherine was severly burnt in an accident when she was two years old. Now 17, she lives with her mother and 22-year-old sister. Their father left the family when they were very young.
This is a moving and well-written tale of emotional and physical damage and Katherine's need to overcome her fears.
Butterflies, by Susanne Gervay, is a wonderful story about a teenage burn victim in a small town who lives with her mother and older sister in a small house. Katherine, the main character, narrates the story of her fights with her BFF, her first date and boyfriend, the school dance, and another surgery to fix her skin, to make her skin more beautiful.
This is an amazing story, because she wants what every teen/preteen wants, she just wants to fit in with all the other people at her school. She is such a realistic character that you can't help but relate to what’s going on in her life. As a student myself, I can relate to some of what she is going through. You don’t have to be a burn victim to understand wanting to fit in and to look “normal.” The story is written in first person, which I liked because it made me feel like I was a part of the story going through it with her.
All in all, it's a great story.