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Monday, 11 May 2015


Book: And By The Way..., Denise Deegan
Series: Butterfly Novels #1
Publisher: Point
Release Date: February 17th, 2011

Rating: 5 stars

When most non-Irish people think of Irish people they think of alcohol, leprachauns, and more alcohol. So when an Irish book comes out it's hard to be optimistic. But as a (sometimes) proud Irish girl, I am so honoured to be from the same country as the setting of this book! I loved this book so much. You get drawn into the story, begin to love the characters, and laugh/cry with them along the way. It’s definitely one of the best things to come from Irish soil. Go you, Denise Deegan! You've made our country awesome again! :)

“I used to do close. Then Mum died. And I died too. I can't go through that pain again. I just can't…”

I already knew I would love this book from the first page. It grabbed your attention and gave you a "Yeah, tell me about it" feeling whenever she talked.

It tells the story of Alex, a girl who's still recovering from the sudden death of her mother, and dealing with having her famous "Rockstar" father drift slowly away from her grasp. She finds comfort in David, a boy who understands her pain, and her two best friends, Sarah and Rachel. 
Alex is a very complicated character. She doesn't want to get close to anybody ever since her mum died as she doesn't want go through the pain if something bad happens to them. This is what makes her romance with David so intriguing. He knows what she's going through, and wants to help, but she continually refuses. But he won't take no for an answer, and eventually Alex stops refusing. The connection between them feels genuine.

Her relationship with her dad is even more complex. He starts ignoring her ever since her mum died, but we start to see their relationship evolve throughout the book and Deegan makes it happen so naturally. It's not like on one page they hate each other and on the other Alex suddenly realises how much she needs her dad kind-of-way.

She has a crap-load of stuff to deal with throughout the book, and you can't help but cheer as she begins to deal with it all and start to move past the mind-boggling grief and realise its okay to not be sad all the time.

Even though I (thankfully) haven't dealt with losing the death of a close family member besides grandparents, I could totally believe how Alex felt when she was being swallowed up by grief. It makes me wonder whether the author actually experienced that sort of grief, or was she that good of a writer?

This book is recommended to anybody, teen or adult. Add this book to your list, especially if you've ever experienced the loss of a loved one and would know exactly how Alex feels.

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