“Laugh with me…Dance with me…Smile with me…Love with me…Live with me.” – Beck, Butterfly Dreams
Title: Butterfly Dreams
Author: A. Meredith Walters
Publication Date: November 24, 2015
*I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Corin Thompson is waiting to die. After losing both her parents to cancer, she is convinced that her days are numbered. A sneeze, a cough, the smallest of lumps, Corin off to the doctor with her latest self-diagnosed illness. Her doctor suggests that she join a support group to cope with the stresses of her new “diagnosis”. There she meets Beck and she slowly starts to change her views about dying.
Beckett Kingsley wants to live. After suffering a fatal heart attack and being diagnosed with a genetic heart defect, Beck wants nothing more than to return to his old life. Running, hiking, the great outdoors was what he loved the most, but now with a heart that could clunk out at any moment, he has had put his life on pause. But when he meets Corin, he starts to realize that every moment counts, even the little ones.
Together, the two work to help each other overcome there issues by facing their fears head on, but in the end, will that be enough to save them from the inevitable?
The cover for this book was the main reason I requested this book (I seem to being doing that a lot lately). I love the title for this book, mainly because it fits the theme of my blog, and I also love the cover because IT’S PURPLE, which is my favorite color. Also, it looked like it would be a cute contemporary read.
This may be the part where I start to rave about how much I loved this book because I LOVED IT!
This book is told in your typical new adult format with chapters alternating between both Corin and Beckett. Let me just say, this story was BEAUTIFUL! It is far from your fluffy, cute contemporary read. It is not like your typical new adult book where boy meets girl and they quickly fall in love and live happily ever after. NO, this story is so much more. The pacing for this book is a lot slower, but it is necessary because our two characters are dealing with a boat load of issues. I think the way the author handled mental health was on point. She doesn’t sugar coat anything. Corin’s struggle with anxiety and her fear of dying was so realistic and I think that’s what made her such a relatable character. We also have Beck, who is trying to overcome a number of health obstacles and trying to be optimistic, but that can all become overwhelming, especially when things aren’t getting better.
I really liked the ending for this book. It tore me to pieces and I was in tears because I did not see that ending coming. I didn’t think the book would have gone in that direction, but I liked that it did because it shows that anything can happen at any moment and that we have to cherish every moment we have.
I absolute LOVED Corin. I think her struggle with anxiety makes her so relatable to others. She watched both her parents die right before her eyes and because of that, she develops this fear of dying. She is constantly worrying about when her time will be up. What I liked most about her character is her development throughout the book. Typically, we would see a girl struggling and as soon as the guy shows up, he makes everything better. But that’s not the case here. Corin has to work through her issues herself and she has to put herself back together. Beck definitely helps her, but ultimately Corin had to make the decision to get help. I liked that even up until the ending of this book, Corin is still working on herself because it shows that working on oneself does take time and it’s a process that doesn’t happen overnight.
I didn’t like Beck’s character at first. I thought that he came off as being a bit arrogant. But I grew to love his character. His dark humor was what I liked the most because it was his defense mechanism throughout the book as he struggled with his heart issues. Being optimistic all the time has got to be hard and I have to say that Beck definitely kept looking forward even when he was being held back. His POV got really dark towards the ending because of certain events that take place, but they were raw and real and truly beautiful.
I did not have any issues with this book. I can’t think of anything I would want to change.
I loved Beck and Corin’s story so much! It was beautiful and real and I HIGHLY recommend it and if you do decide to pick up this book, don’t forget to have a box of tissues by your side!