Plum Coyle is getting ready to shrug off her old skin and put on a new one, getting to change from a child to an adult. But change is not all that she expected, and Plum is not sure that she can handle it. She is unsatisfied with her body shape, and can't stand the kids at school, who use every waking moment to find something bad about her. Why can't Plum be perfect like her beautiful neighbor, Maureen? Maureen, however, wants to help Plum become more confident in herself and to believe that, with the self-esteem, Plum can do anything she sets her mind to.
I found the writing style in Butterfly to be incomprehensible and annoying at times. I could barely understand what Sonya Hartnett was writing half the time. The words and sentence structure made no sense whatsoever, and there was no interesting plot at all! I found it extremely challenging to get through the book, as it was not only confusing, but also boring, and if I could, I would give this book no stars at all. The novel was even depressing at times; all Plum ever did was worry about herself, and constant worry does not make for a good read. I would never recommend this book to anyone, but if someone would want to read it, I would suggest ages 14 and up: the writing style is advanced and there is some mature content.