Butterflies in May

Butterflies in May

by Karen Hart

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Overview

Ali Parker, a high school senior, is in love for the first time in her seventeen-year life. Her Mr. Perfect boyfriend, Matt Ryan, is a talented artist who hopes to attend Pratt Institute in New York, and Ali plans to major in journalism at a prestigious college. Both Ali and Matt are outstanding students. Their future possibilities seem endless.

Then the inconceivable happens—Ali becomes pregnant. Suddenly, her entire world shifts. Everything she was sure of changes. What should she do about this baby . . . about Matt . . . about her life? Ali is faced with the dilemma of responsibility and choice. She’s supported by a fun, loyal best friend, Monica, but Ali knows that now, nothing will ever be the same again. She’s abruptly and unwillingly forced into the world of adulthood as she faces the crisis of being a pregnant, unwed teenager.

As she considers her various options, Ali reveals her internal struggles honestly. As she wrestles with difficult decisions, not liking any of her choices, she learns about the tender balance of relationships while dealing with a shocked boyfriend, overbearing but loving parents, quirky teachers, and gossiping classmates. When tragedy strikes, Ali is also reminded that, while the unintentional life of a baby started so quickly within her, life can end all too quickly and unexpectedly as well.

Ali’s detailed narrative is so personal and endearing, it creates a vicarious experience for any reader. This compelling, inspiring, and enlightening story engages the heart as it shows the struggles of life, the selflessness of real love, and the endurance of hope.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781890862855
Publisher: Bancroft Press
Publication date: 05/01/2006
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 202
File size: 526 KB

About the Author

Karen Hart began writing as a teenager. She wrote for her high school newspaper and later majored in journalism at Illinois State University, where she also wrote for the campus newspaper, The Daily Vidette.

Since then, Hart has had more than 20 years of experience as a creative and technical writer and editor. She has worked in both corporate communications and public relations, developing a variety of award-winning media and publications, including magazines, newsletters, brochures, and videos. Most recently, she has worked on freelance writing projects, and several magazines, such as Sonoma Family-Life and Enlightened Woman, have published her articles.

The seed of inspiration for Butterflies in May began forming in high school, but later took hold after the birth of her first son. Though she was a teenager a long time ago, she believes that some things—like first love, relationships, heartbreak, and letting go—never change.

She’s currently working on a new novel, The Colour of Love, as well as a book about dreams with noted American psychic, Imara.

Hart resides in Santa Rosa with her husband, Gary, and two sons.

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Butterflies in May 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
High school senior Ali Parker has always been careful about sex, but she has never been in love before. Now a seventeen-year old and applying to nearby Northeastern, she has met her soul mate Pratt Institute bound Matt Ryan, a talented artist. Since Matt is planning on attending school in New York, Ali applies to Columbia and NYU, noted journalist schools as is her interest, so they can be a subway ride away from each other.------------ However, objectives change when Ali becomes pregnant. She must decide what to do. The choices are obvious but none simple. Her loving parents want the best for her, but they also want to make that choice. Her boyfriend Matt is confused and bewildered one moment feeling they can do it if he gives up his artistic dreams and she her journalistic endeavors to raise the child as a married couple the next just wanting to attend college with no responsibilities except grades. Her best friend Monica is there for her, but Ali knows in the end everything is up to her.-------------- BUTTERFLIES IN MAY is an insightful look at teen pregnancies through the eyes of an intelligent, cautious female who abruptly finds herself needing to make difficult adult decisions, Ali holds the tale together as she struggles with her world reversing polarity from a somewhat carefree existence to making complex adult choices. Karen Hart provides a deep character study-family drama in which the emphasis is to provide teens with honest education, information and knowledge instead of sound bites, shrills, and platitudes. Parents and leaders need to be there not preach as sometimes even a careful person can land in a sticky situation.---------------- Harriet Klausner
brandileigh2003 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Butterflies in May is a beautifully written novel. It is very emotional and it made me challenge my thought processes and how I viewed issues without really knowing all sides. Ali is faced with a problem- a teenage pregnancy- she fell victim to the 'it can't happen to me' syndrome, and got pregnant the one time her and her boyfriend didn't use protection. She struggles with all of the choices in front of her, abortion, adoption, keeping the baby, college, marriage, and all of these huge life decisions thrust upon her. It is a very real situation, and I think that Ali's reactions, responses, and thoughts are all valid and realistic. Her boyfriend also acts in a manner that could be straight from real life. Hart has a wonderful gift for taking these issues that are hard to talk and think about and present options, the positives and negatives, in a non-judgmental way. I love how Ali's parents are really involved and that even though they are not perfect, they try to be there for her and support her the best they know how. She also has a great support system in her best friend, her aunt Laura, and the guidance counselor at school. I would recommend this to anyone who likes books about tough issues, teen pregnancy, or coming of age stories.
GaylDasherSmith on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Very frank depiction of a teenage pregnancy, this one happening to college bound "good" kids. Well written
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