Butterfly Yellow

Butterfly Yellow

In the final days of the Vi?t Nam War, H?ng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a way to safety in America. In a split second, Linh is ripped from her arms?and H?ng is left behind in the war-torn country. Six years later, H?ng has made the brutal journey from Vi?t Nam and is now in Texas as a refugee. She doesn?t know how she will In the final days of the Vi?t Nam War, H?ng takes her little brother, Linh, to the airport, determined to find a...

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Title:Butterfly Yellow
Author:Thanhha Lai
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:0062229230
Edition Language:English
Format Type:ebook
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

Butterfly Yellow Reviews

  • Abby Johnson
    Aug 30, 2019
    Thanhha Lai's first YA book is a powerful, rich story about a teen Vietnam War refugee searching for her younger brother in Texas in 1981. Separated as children, Hang's brother Lihn was sent to the US as a small child and adopted by an American family. Now that Hang has finally complet...
  • Casey the Reader
    Aug 25, 2019
    Thanks to Harper Collins for the free advance copy of this book. Near the end of the Vietnam War, H?ng's brother Linh is separated from their family, sent to America with a rescue group. Six years later, she makes the horrific journey to Texas to find him. Along the way, she gets ...
  • Tasha
    Sep 07, 2019
    Hang has lived with the fact that she was responsible for her little brother being taken away to American in the last days of the Vietnam War. She had hoped for them both to be taken together, but instead he was ripped screaming from her. Now, six years later, Hang has come to the Unit...
  • DaNae
    Oct 04, 2019
    Not what I expected, but such a joyful surprise. I loved that it balanced out the extreme trauma of H?ng's recent past, with a present narrative of full of prickly relationships and unexpected moments. As a teen I would have swooned over the romance of it all. ...
  • Skip
    Oct 06, 2019
    H?ng's takes her 5-year old brother, Linh, to be airlifted out of Saigon in 1975 (Operation Babylift), with H?ng left behind in Vietnam. She has felt guilty ever since, and gathers enough money to come to the U.S. after six years. Along her arduous route, she is eventually helped b...
  • Alison
    Sep 28, 2019
    Brilliant! Want to know a little something about an immigrant experience? This is a good 'un. I would not be surprised if this one wins some awards. It helps to have watched the Ken Burn's documentary Vietnam to get the context. ...
  • Ruth
    Jun 09, 2019
    I recently read an ARC of this wonderful upcoming novel about a Vietnamese young woman arriving in the U.S. several years after the Viet Nam War. She is searching for her little brother who was in one of the last rescue airlifts of children. A series of unusual circumstances finds her ...
  • Richie Partington
    May 27, 2019
    Richie?s Picks: BUTTERFLY YELLOW by Thanhh Lai, HarperCollins, September 2019, 304p., ISBN: 978-0-06-222921-2 ?Up to 70 dead after boat capsizes trying to reach Europe from Libya? -- headline from earlier this month ?I will remember you Will you remember me?? --Sar...
  • Krisette Spangler
    Sep 24, 2019
    4.5 stars Hang, which means moon in Vietnamese, has been waiting six years to escape communist controlled Vietnam to get to her brother. She has sacrificed so much to make it to Texas, but her reunion is not what she expected. Her little bother is now eleven and has a new family. Ha...
  • Erin Kelly
    Oct 27, 2019
    Wow. Wow. Wow. I love H and LeeRoy so much. What a wonderful story about an unlikely pair. The writing is incredible, especially how the Vietnamese-to-English words are written. After I finished this book I had to take a minute to think about it. ** OK. So it's the next day and I...
  • Kim
    May 26, 2019
    It?s 1981 and 18-year-old H?ng has just arrived in the United States, a refugee of the Vi?t Nam War. Her uncle is heartbroken at the deaths of H?ng?s parents and grandmother, and is determine to take his niece into his Texas home. But H?ng is equally determined to find the ...
  • Ms. Yingling
    Jun 24, 2019
    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus H?ng's brother, Linh, was taken in Operation Babylift in 1975, and H?ng was left behind. She has felt guilty ever since, and after six years, at the age of 18, has finally made it to the U.S. She is to live with an uncle, but shortly after ar...
  • Liza Wiemer
    Sep 15, 2019
    Update: I listened to this audiobook nearly two months ago and can't stop thinking about it! Is it on your TBR list? If not, add it ASAP. #wndb!!!! Butterfly Yellow is a gripping novel that is rich on details, describing the harrowing struggle for survival as H?ng tries to recon...
  • Audreygold
    Sep 15, 2019
    A wonderful well written story of a Hang, a young Vietnamese refugee, that comes to Texas to find her little brother -- only to find he doesn't remember her. The story is both tragic and funny (think Holes by Louis Sachar) as she meets a wanna be cowboy LeeRoy (Ly-Roi). I love how the ...
  • Jennifer Mangler
    Sep 11, 2019
    This wasn't the easiest book to read because of H?ng's struggle with English, but I don't think that's a bad thing. It's also difficult to read because her story is a painful one. ...
  • Rachel Lipkin
    Aug 04, 2019
    Wow. I don?t even know where to start. The writing is beautiful and abundant. The characters feel like your friends. The plot is epic and sad and beautiful. It was a fantastic read. What an adventure. ...
  • JJ.
    Feb 18, 2019
    This summary alone breaks my heart. ...
  • Audrey
    Oct 01, 2019
    3.5 Stars. This audiobook was just beautifully narrated. H?ng?s story was just so sad and guilt ridden that it was difficult to listen to. And once she found her brother, with Lee Roy?s help, it became even sadder since Linh didn?t remember her. Her perseverance and struggl...
  • Dani ❤️ Perspective of a Writer
    Aug 09, 2019
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer... The Buzz I have wanted to branch out and read some of the more lesser written about Asian cultures. But I had to wait for them to appear in the book community! I was really super excited to hear about Butterfly Yellow and i...
  • Whitney
    Sep 30, 2019
    No rating because I DNF?d it. I may revisit this at a later date, but I?ve read 50% and the characters aren?t sympathetic for me. LeeRoy is a wannabe cowboy with every stereotype about being a Texan in his character and he?s NOT EVEN FROM TEXAS! H (there isn?t a way for me to...
  • Jennifer Paddock
    Oct 18, 2019
    This is not a teen book. It?s an adult book. It?s beautiful (like everything Thanhha Lai has written), and I highly recommend it to everyone who loves literature. In this divisive age, two characters?who shouldn?t even know each other much less become friends?discover through...
  • Lauren
    Sep 22, 2019
    4.5. Fantastic. Also, while I chose "gut punch" as one of my shelves to add it to I should say the entire book isn't a gut punch, but a lot of its foundation is. ...
  • USOM
    Aug 19, 2019
    (Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.) Butterfly Yellow is a book that defies expectations. It's a story about family, making mistakes, and friendship. This #ownvoices story is one that will, at times, break y...
  • Michelle
    Aug 14, 2019
    This was a sweet story, but I found it very difficult to get into. It didn't flow well and it was hard to follow. ...
  • Allison
    Sep 19, 2019
    Amazing and brilliant and beautiful book! This contemporary book is unlike most YA contemporary books I have read. It's funny, has depth, is interesting... you feel so immersed in the experience of being an immigrant to the US. I also appreciated the sticky plot that was handled so wel...
  • Cody Roecker
    Oct 05, 2019
    Absolutely stunning and evocative. ...
  • Rouchswalwe
    Oct 11, 2019
    After the first chapter or two, I wasn't so sure about this one. However, I am glad I stuck with it. The writing is exquisite and there are, for lack of a better expression, human touches in this story that ring true. This tale is not too short, not too long, it is just right. ...
  • Tucker
    Mar 09, 2019
    That cover and that synopsis... I can't even ...
  • Bettina Mayer
    Aug 09, 2019
    I absolutely loved ?Butterfly Yellow,? by Thanhha Lai. In some ways it reminded me of ?News of the World? with its very moving depiction of the relationship that develops between two people from very different backgrounds and the beautiful descriptions of the lands they inhabit...
  • Booklover925
    Oct 30, 2019
    It was at a slower pace than I usually read, but overall I enjoyed this historical fiction novel. ...