Title: Nobody’s Butterfly
Author: Claire Davis & Al Stewart
Publisher: Beaten Track Publishing
Release Date: December 1, 2017
Genre(s): YA M/M
Page Count: 73
Reviewed by: Susan
Heat Level: 1 flame out of 5
Rating: 5+ stars out of 5
Cobweb ghosts are so inconvenient—especially grumpy ones with bad breath. Don’t they know silence is golden?
Johnny Strong is the expert; he hasn’t spoken in two years. Not one word to anyone except the ghost. The main purpose of life is to avoid people and not get noticed. Friends? He doesn’t need them; and certainly nobody wants him despite what the ghost says.
Until a new boy appears at Windybank—Finn Lyons, teenage wizard. He eats frogs, concocts potions, and is always hungry. Not only does Finn stand up for Johnny; he actively seeks his company and soon becomes part of life.
First love; family and words; a heady mix to go in the potion but how will it all turn out?
Hubble bubble; Johnny Strong’s in trouble! Silence is not always golden in this sweet, zany story of the purest magic at Christmas.
“Once, he said, ‘I am nobody’s butterfly,’ and it made me cry because it’s such a lonely thing not to be lovely to anyone.”
This book! This is why I read. What a beautiful story. I absolutely love the writing of these two authors. I loved how magical this story felt. How subtle we learn about the characters and how everything fell into place.
Johnny lives in Windybanks, a home for children in between foster parents. Johnny has been living there for 2 years and hasn’t spoken a word since. He only talks to the ghost who lives in the cobweb in his room.
One day there is a new boy at the home. Finn is loud and weird and is always eating. And tells Johnny he is his wizard. Finn is there to help Johnny, or so he says.
And somehow Johnny finds himself going along with Finn, making potions, going on quests. But Johnny still doesn’t like Finn. Right…?
I so loved this. I’ve read several books by these authors and they always get me with their beautiful words. I loved the myserious vibe when I wasn’t quite sure what was going on at first. But slowly we learn more about these boys and why they are the way they are. And it was wonderful. Especially the bond Johnny and Finn end up forming. They would have done anything for each other.
This is not your regular YA, with 2 boys meeting and falling in love. No this is about forming a connection when both boys have endured a lot in the past. This is about finding that person who will make you feel alive again.
It’s is never mentioned how old Johnny and Finn were but implied they were around 16/17 (I think). And there is no sex. But there is enough kissing and there is talk of sex. Totally appropriate for their age and their background.
Such a beautiful story. I can’t wait to reread.