The Butterfly Whisperer

I thought Flight Behavior was a really interesting book that succeeded in putting everything into perspective and making me feel like I could get through anything with perseverance and courage. However, there were times where I could feel myself disliking the book and getting really bored. Personally, I’m not a very religious person (not that I’m not religious at all, it’s just—you know what, that’s a whole other debate). Because of this, the times where the characters were discussing religious-like things, such as when they talk about how Dellarobia had a “vision” that led them to discover the butterflies, kind of made me want to throw the book into the snow. People like this who think everything is a vision or some sort of “sign from God”, if you will, irk me. If I could tell the people in this book how many times I’ve seen some butterflies throughout my life, they probably would’ve dedicated an entire religion to me.

Religion aside, I was impressed that they managed to tie climate change into the book (Shout-out to Dan Bloom, who was probably way too happy about this). How they managed to do this was that the characters identified that this was not the butterflies’ normal migration patterns, which was an ominous sign of climate change, as told by a scientist that visits Dellarobia (Ovid Byron). Overall, I thought the story was very sweet. I liked how Dellarobia had that one thing in her life (the butterflies) that reminded her that she could keep on keepin’ on and continue living. I believe everybody should have something like that to remind them that when they’re sad, life always finds a way to get better. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a nice, heartfelt story who also has the ability to overlook really weird character names.


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