The book I have chosen to review is called “Last kiss of the butterfly” by Jill Hucklesby. I enjoyed this book but it took a long time to get to the interesting part of the story. I related well to the book as it is from a teenage perspective. In this review I will be looking at the setting, plot, characterization and the diction.
Jaz lives in England but she leaves the city to spend the summer under the open skies of the country in Papa Toms (her grandfather) old house Frog Cottage- this is where the majority of the book is set. England is a wealthy urban area that is politically controlled but the setting switches to a not so wealthy rural area. The setting is foreign as I do not live in England and it is very different to this part of the world. I was unable to relate to this setting as I don’t know what its like on the countryside of England.
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Jaz meets this boy called Ethan who is 15 and she is only 13, Jaz and Ethan spend lots of time together and get along very well. They start to like each other very much and Ethan helps her through all the stress with her mom still being quite sick. Ethan is a great success when Jaz’s mom dies and Jaz needed someone other than her father who also took great strain. Ethan helps Jaz in every way he can. Jaz spreads her moms ashes outside Papa Tom’s old house.
The main characters in the novel are Jaz- 13-year-old girl living in England who loves Martial arts her friends and her family. I felt that Jaz was a very nice character but I felt I got annoyed when she kept wanting to go home to see her friends when her mom needed her the most. Bella- Jaz’s best friend who also lives in England with her mom, dad and her brother. She cares for Jaz and is very kind and loving I felt she was a good character for the novel. Anna- Jaz’s mom who is faced with cancer and lives in England. She loves music and she participates in the orchestra. I think she was a very good character and she brought many different aspects into the book that weren’t there, the death of Anna got to me and made me quite sad but overall she was shown as a very happy character
The author used sophisticated language but there were certain words that I didn’t understand so I had to look them up, the author used words that you use in martial arts so I didn’t really understand those words. The diction used enhanced the story line because it set the mood and the setting of what was happening in the book and how the characters felt.
Overall I think the book was very good and had a good storyline, certain aspects of the way the book was set out I didn’t like because it confused me a bit and you had to go back and double check what was going on.
I think the target audience would be teenagers and young adults, I don’t think anyone under the age of 12 should read it as the events that occur could traumatize them as this happens in every day life. I think teenagers would be able to handle the situation but it also depends on their maturity and their passed experiences.