𝐼𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒶𝓁 𝒹𝒶𝓎𝓈 𝑜𝒻 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒱𝒾ệ𝓉 𝒩𝒶𝓂 𝒲𝒶𝓇, 𝐻ằ𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒𝓈 𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝒷𝓇𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇, 𝐿𝒾𝓃𝒽, 𝓉𝑜 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒶𝒾𝓇𝓅𝑜𝓇𝓉, 𝒹𝑒𝓉𝑒𝓇𝓂𝒾𝓃𝑒𝒹 𝓉𝑜 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝒶 𝓌𝒶𝓎 𝓉𝑜 𝓈𝒶𝒻𝑒𝓉𝓎 𝒾𝓃 𝒜𝓂𝑒𝓇𝒾𝒸𝒶. 𝐼𝓃 𝒶 𝓈𝓅𝓁𝒾𝓉 𝓈𝑒𝒸𝑜𝓃𝒹, 𝐿𝒾𝓃𝒽 𝒾𝓈 𝓇𝒾𝓅𝓅𝑒𝒹 𝒻𝓇𝑜𝓂 𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝒶𝓇𝓂𝓈—𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝐻ằ𝓃𝑔 𝒾𝓈 𝓁𝑒𝒻𝓉 𝒷𝑒𝒽𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝒾𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒶𝓇-𝓉𝑜𝓇𝓃 𝒸𝑜𝓊𝓃𝓉𝓇𝓎.
𝒮𝒾𝓍 𝓎𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓈 𝓁𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓇, 𝐻ằ𝓃𝑔 𝒽𝒶𝓈 𝓂𝒶𝒹𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒷𝓇𝓊𝓉𝒶𝓁 𝒿𝑜𝓊𝓇𝓃𝑒𝓎 𝒻𝓇𝑜𝓂 𝒱𝒾ệ𝓉 𝒩𝒶𝓂 𝒶𝓃𝒹 𝒾𝓈 𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝒾𝓃 𝒯𝑒𝓍𝒶𝓈 𝒶𝓈 𝒶 𝓇𝑒𝒻𝓊𝑔𝑒𝑒. 𝒮𝒽𝑒 𝒹𝑜𝑒𝓈𝓃’𝓉 𝓀𝓃𝑜𝓌 𝒽𝑜𝓌 𝓈𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝒻𝒾𝓃𝒹 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝓁𝒾𝓉𝓉𝓁𝑒 𝒷𝓇𝑜𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝓌𝒽𝑜 𝓌𝒶𝓈 𝓉𝒶𝓀𝑒𝓃 𝒻𝓇𝑜𝓂 𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝓊𝓃𝓉𝒾𝓁 𝓈𝒽𝑒 𝓂𝑒𝑒𝓉𝓈 𝐿𝑒𝑒𝑅𝑜𝓎, 𝒶 𝒸𝒾𝓉𝓎 𝒷𝑜𝓎 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝒷𝒾𝑔 𝓇𝑜𝒹𝑒𝑜 𝒹𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓂𝓈, 𝓌𝒽𝑜 𝒹𝑒𝒸𝒾𝒹𝑒𝓈 𝓉𝑜 𝒽𝑒𝓁𝓅 𝒽𝑒𝓇.
𝐻ằ𝓃𝑔 𝒾𝓈 𝑜𝓋𝑒𝓇𝒿𝑜𝓎𝑒𝒹 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝓈𝒽𝑒 𝓇𝑒𝓊𝓃𝒾𝓉𝑒𝓈 𝓌𝒾𝓉𝒽 𝐿𝒾𝓃𝒽. 𝐵𝓊𝓉 𝓌𝒽𝑒𝓃 𝓈𝒽𝑒 𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓁𝒾𝓏𝑒𝓈 𝒽𝑒 𝒹𝑜𝑒𝓈𝓃’𝓉 𝓇𝑒𝓂𝑒𝓂𝒷𝑒𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝓇, 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝒾𝓇 𝒻𝒶𝓂𝒾𝓁𝓎, 𝑜𝓇 𝒱𝒾ệ𝓉 𝒩𝒶𝓂, 𝒽𝑒𝓇 𝒽𝑒𝒶𝓇𝓉 𝒾𝓈 𝒸𝓇𝓊𝓈𝒽𝑒𝒹. 𝒯𝒽𝑜𝓊𝑔𝒽 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝒹𝒾𝓈𝓉𝒶𝓃𝒸𝑒 𝒷𝑒𝓉𝓌𝑒𝑒𝓃 𝓉𝒽𝑒𝓂 𝒻𝑒𝑒𝓁𝓈 𝑔𝓇𝑒𝒶𝓉𝑒𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓃 𝑒𝓋𝑒𝓇, 𝐻ằ𝓃𝑔 𝒽𝒶𝓈 𝒸𝑜𝓂𝑒 𝓈𝑜 𝒻𝒶𝓇 𝓉𝒽𝒶𝓉 𝓈𝒽𝑒 𝓌𝒾𝓁𝓁 𝒹𝑜 𝒶𝓃𝓎𝓉𝒽𝒾𝓃𝑔 𝓉𝑜 𝒷𝓇𝒾𝒹𝑔𝑒 𝓉𝒽𝑒 𝑔𝒶𝓅.
***Synopsis copied from amazon.ca
Genre: Young Adult | Historical Fiction
3 out of 5 stars
Butterfly yellow is a heavy story about the awful kidnappings that happened during the Vietnam War and sits close to home for Thanhha Lai herself. She fled Vietnam during the war with her family and ended up in Alabama, USA.
Knowing the concept of Butterfly Yellow sat so close to her personal life story, right away I thought I was going to be raving about this read.
Although the story is heart wrenching I didn’t enjoy it near as much as I thought I would. Which honestly breaks my heart to say and makes me feel awful, especially being such a raw look into true moments from the past and touching on awful moments that still happen to this day in some countries.
Butterfly Yellow had huge potential to be an extremely powerful story.
The first 70-80 pages of this book started off amazing with Hang finally reaching the US to find her brother, who she believed to still be in danger. But as Hang met LeeRoy a wonderful young man willing to help Hang in her desperate travels. The story started to fall apart. I found it very choppy and as if details were left out. I was finding myself having a hard time following what was happening, almost as if the plot needed more context. There were also added moments of drama that I felt didn’t need to be in this already overwhelming sad story.
I have heard raving reviews on Thanhha Lai’s Inside Out & Back Again, which is written in verse. There were moments while reading Butterfly Yellow that I felt Lai was almost heading toward writing in that format. Maybe that would have brought this read to life for me….. I don’t know.
All this being said, Butterfly Yellow is not an awful novel and many would connect with it on a different level than I have.
I am not upset by any means that I read Butterfly Yellow. It brings attention to events that shouldn’t be ignored or forgotten and if history is an interest of yours at all, than I do suggest you give this one a go.
Thank you so much to HarperCollins Canada & HCC Frenzy for sending this arc my way for review.
Release date: September 3, 2019
And of course thank you all for reading.
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