Paper Butterflies - Lisa Heathfield
Abuse is rarely found in YA, and when it is, a lot of the time it’s so teenage angst-y that it’s painful to read. Paper Butterflies surprised me with the serious view on the topic, and the truthful presentation, giving the harsh reality of a child living in an abusive household with family who are ignorant to the abuse. It focuses on the idea of love blurring the thoughts of June’s father, meaning he can’t see abuse because he loves her stepmother too much, and also a half sibling who is manipulated into abuse. The topic is hard to handle, and honestly, at some points, downright terrifying that it can happen, but Heathfield presents it in a way that is accessible to teens, and a good read.