In some survivor memoirs, the main character is a victim of love, crime or circumstance. But, there aren’t many memoirs in which the inner antagonist drives the entire story. In this memoir, The Scorned Butterfly, Tara’s childhood occurrences didn’t profoundly affect her adult decisions. All of her decisions—every action she took—stemmed from her extreme desire for acceptance.
In ‘The Scorned Butterfly’, you’ll read about Tara’s family culture. She spares no details. Readers should expect to experience a rollercoaster of emotions—from laughter—to nostalgia—to anger—to motivation.
The story begins with a voyage through the 4-year-old mind of Tara—gum-popping, Slip-n-sliding, moonwalking, back-talking and record-playing. Those were the good times. However, as the story progresses, she shows you the dark side of her life—the part that hides behind closed doors for nobody to see. Through her eyes, you see abuse, peer rejection and an opinionated personality developed at an early age.
As the story progresses, the close-knit nature of her family dissipates. Her friendships start to consume her, sending her into a downward spiral of acceptance. She embraces a rebellious nature, changing her grades, her personal style and, finally, her morals.
They say that a hard head makes a soft bottom and her acceptance-driven decisions cause just that. Her decisions land her in and out of clinics, heartbroken, and seeking an identity. While away at college, she entertains people that encourage drugs, alcoholism, promiscuity and complacency. She adopts their mindset and brings that behavior home with her.
Her craving for acceptance led her on a downward spiral of promiscuity, substance abuse, incest, criminal activity, rapes, suicidal tendencies, stalking, prostitution, domestic violence, an intervention and an epiphany. The epiphany is what grounded her.