Saturday, April 23, 2011

Review: Butterface by Gwen Hayes

Butterface by Gwen Hayes
Short Story (Ebook)
Publisher: Gwen Hayes
ISBN: 978-1-4524-6529-6

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.

Butterface is such a sweet love story. This is a wonderfully written short story with three-dimensional characters that are real and strong. Beth was funny in a sharp, sarcastic way (“I always look weird. I was just standing here wishing I was a lesbian is all.”) while Lucky was a sweetheart ("There wasn’t a villain in sight—how does a guy slay dragons for a girl when they’re all in her head?"). I was fully immersed in the story from the first page when we were first introduced to Lucky who was studying at a diner where Beth worked. Their progress from a platonic relationship into something more was very endearing to read without overdosing on too much saccharine. But keep in mind, Butterface is not an empty fluffy story; both Lucky and Beth struggled with self-image issues and Gwen Hayes handled it with taste. My only complain would be the length of the story. It was too short leaving me wanting for more . The ending also feels a bit rushed. I wanted more! I actually like this short story more than Gwen Hayes's debut novel, Falling Under.

Pick this up if you fancy a quick, fun read with a cute story that will touch your heart!

Find it here: Amazon | Smashwords


Chel said...

I love short stories! This one looks really sweet. I might pick this up next month once my buying ban is over. :)

Soon Hana said...

Hi, Chel, thank you for commenting and following a new book blogger like me :)I'm following you back!

This book really is sweet but touching. I'm looking for more short stories by Gwen Hayes.

p/s: it's funny but I'm in buying ban too *book buying withdrawal mode*

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiner's Book Blog) said...

I haven't heard of this one, but it sounds powerful. Thanks for review.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

Shannon O'Donnell said...

Hi! I read that you were a new blogger over at Aleetha's, so I thought I'd pop over and say hello. Your blog is gorgeous!!!! :-)

bex said...

I haven't read this one, but I've heard a lot about it. I'm interested in it though! Great review. :) I'm glad you liked it!

Rebecca @ kindle fever

Soon Hana said...

Hi, Shannon, thanks for stopping by!

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