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The Butterfly Tattoo (1992)

by Philip Pullman

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Dsyfunctional families, mystery, lies, innocence, love, knowlege, and wisdom through experience are elements of The White Mercedes. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
Dsyfunctional families, mystery, lies, innocence, love, knowlege, and wisdom through experience are elements of The White Mercedes. ( )
  sar96 | Jan 2, 2014 |
My first non-Dark Materials Pullman book, which is supposedly going to be made into an indie movie at some point. Originally titled 'The Butterfly Tattoo', this young adult novel is a quick read if a bit predictable. And, randomly enough, the theme of good/evil vs knowledge/innocence that we saw in Dark Materials rears its head sort of out of the blue at the very end.

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  orangerful | Aug 21, 2013 |
“Chris Marshal met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June.” So begins The White Mercedes as its intricate clockwork of minor lies, coincidences, and events propelled from the tangled pre-histories of the protagonists gets set in motion a thrilling story that culminates in the girl, Jenny’s, death. Much of the novel more of a young adult, coming of age love story about a seventeen year old boy who meets a slightly older girl. But when they go and see Romeo and Juliet together the parallels are only too clear and a darker hue falls over the story. One of Pullman’s earlier novels, as standalone work with no elements of the historical novel or fantasy, it is well told, well plotted, and very much worth reading. ( )
  jasonlf | Jul 31, 2011 |
Read this one ages ago and can't remember much about it other than I enjoyed it. ( )
  dodau | May 13, 2011 |
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Chris Marshall met the girl he was going to kill on a warm night in early June, when one of the colleges in Oxford was holding its summer ball.
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Chris falls in love with Jenny the moment he sets eyes on her at an Oxford ball. She's beautiful but secretive and he can't help but want to be with her. But fate is cruel and, as their relationship blossoms, tragedy and violence wait in the wings. Chris’s boss has a shady past that won’t stay hidden. And his ruthless enemies will use two innocent teenagers to exact their revenge on him . . .
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Seventeen-year-old Chris, living and working in Oxford, falls in love with an elusive girl and while searching for her discovers the devastating consequences of placing his trust in the wrong person. Suggested level: secondary.

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