The Butterfly Garden

Chip St. Clair

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The Butterfly Garden is my recount of surviving the hell I call a childhood, and finding the strength to soar through overwhelming and unbelievable odds when the darkest of family secrets was uncovered. The title itself lends its name from an allegorical reference I created for how I view the world implying we all have the potential to transform into something beautiful.

Author's purpose

The author purpose was to inform people of how his childhood scenery of torture. Chip St. Clair father was a fugitive who's on the run for murder, he would commonly be abusive to chip and his mother. Chip who doesn't know what his family background is was very shock to hear that everything his parents been telling him was a lie.

Concept of Book

  • Don't be afraid to help people.
  • Everything in-front of you is not what it seem.
  • Tell the police any information you have even if it's your parents.


I give this book a 5. I rated this book a 5 because I find favor to book that people struggle and learn a valuable lesson. It might have seem strange the Chip father was abusive to him and his mother, but it taught him to be a man. I also feel like the author is trying to inform kids who is in a domestically violence that their is home,Chip also have a foundation to help kids who are struggling with abuse founded by he and his wife.


"Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,To the last syllable of recorded time;And all our yesterdays have lighted fools The way to dusty death." (94). When Chip's suicide attempt din't go well he recited that Shakespeare passage from Macbeth. I choose this passage because, you'll never know what the future may bring today you may feel like crap the next day you'll feel like gold. I like the fact the Chip recited this passage from Shakespeare after he tried to commit suicide, it showed that he is greatly in regret of what he done.

Something that surprised me.

I was surprise to find out that Chip's father is on the run. Chip's father been on the run for 25 years and it only took a physical fight between them for the secrete to come out. The fight was so brutal that Chip went to the hospital, while he was in the hospital he got a phone call from his aunt that his life was a lie.Chip's might had be kidnapped and his name might not be his name


Revelation is the name of the chapter that I found Interesting in the story. Chip's and his father have gotten into a physical fight which led Chip in the hospital and his dad headed to jail. Since Chip father is a fugitive of 25 years and kept it a secret. Chip later on found out that his father is a fugitive and he might be kidnapped.