Butterflies in May by Karen Hart
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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.

Author Karen Hart has worked as a communications specialist and a public relations specialist for various companies throughout the U.S. She has years of experience as a creative and technical writer and editor. Butterflies in May is her first novel. She currently resides in Santa Rosa, CA, with her husband, Gary, and two sons.

About Karen Hart

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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.
Published January 3, 2010 by Bancroft Press. 202 pages
Genres: Romance, Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference. Fiction

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It is also obvious, however, that people have to deal with the consequences of their actions, the way Ali and Matt do (but it doesn't seem like the worst possible thing always happens to every character in the book).

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