Monday, March 29, 2010

The Patron Saint of Butterflies by Cecilia Galante

I have always been fascinated by what it is like to live in a cult. Fourteen-year-olds Honey and Agnes live in Mount Blessing, a secluded religious commune near Fairfield, CT. People living in Mount Blessing can't watch tv, listen to the radio, or leave the grounds. Children, when they are born, are raised in a communal nursery until they are around 7 years old.

Although Honey and Agnes have been friends forever, they are very different. Agnes is trying to become a saint; while all Honey wants to do is escape the commune - which is more difficult than she thinks. This book is written from each girls point of view which makes the book even more interesting.

This was a great book - a very fast read, but also one that made me think about it for a long time.

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