• The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting

  • The Tragedy and The Glory of Growing Up; A Memoir
  • By: Evanna Lynch
  • Narrated by: Evanna Lynch
  • Length: 13 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (209 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From actress and activist Evanna Lynch comes a raw and compelling memoir about navigating the path between fears and dreams.

Evanna Lynch’s casting as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter films is a tale that grew to almost mythic proportions - a legend of how she faced disordered eating as a young girl, found solace in a beloved book series, and later landed the part of her favorite character. But that is not the whole story.

Even after recovery, there remains a conflict at her core: a bitter struggle between the pursuit of perfection and the desire to fearlessly embrace her creative side. Revealing a startlingly accomplished voice, Lynch delves into the heart of her relationship with her body. As she takes the lisstener through a personal journey of leaving behind the safety of girlhood, Lynch explores the pivotal choices that ultimately led her down the path of creativity and toward acceptance of the wild, sensual, and unpredictable reality of womanhood.

Honest, electrifying, and inspiring, this is a story of the battle between self-destruction and creation, of giving up the preoccupation with perfection in favor of our uncharted dreams - and how the simple choice to create is the most liberating action a person can take.

©2021 Evanna Lynch (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Absolutely phenomenal

I am so glad this book exists. I am so grateful Evanna recorded the narration herself.

As a fellow lifelong HP fan and person who went through ED I've always felt a connection to the elements of Evanna's story that I was aware of from interviews, and wanted to know more. That said, I did not expect the prose to be on the level of my favorite authors (and I have listened to literally hundreds of audible titles alone).

Just... So good. I listened almost nonstop, begrudgingly closing my eyes when I couldn't stay awake any longer.

This is one of those rare books that I will seek out a signed copy of, if I can find one.

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Makes you feel, makes you think

This book made me do so much self analysis, soul searching and growing. I feel like I have reevaluated my approaches significantly to how I speak to myself, in my mind and out loud, and even how I parent. Fabulously written, brilliantly told.

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A Raw and Glorious Work of Art!

I have been a massive fan of Evanna for years and was familiar with her story, but that did not keep me from being utterly engulfed by every chapter!
QNever have I heard someone so perfectly articulate what it is like to be a person who has or has had an eating disorder. I felt like Evanna was pulling words from my own soul!
Her writing style is superb and her artistic/professional choices of when to be discrete and when to be explicit were on point every time! What more can I say? This is one of the greatest memoirs ever written!

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A Bold Telling of Finding The Power of Self-love

This book will help many young women. Especially in the age of social media generated FOMO and body dysmorphia. Evanna is a old soul with much to tell but my bet is another memoir awaits. One that will tell of circus, and saving animals with the power of story.... and maybe awards but that's not really the point is it?

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I adore Evanna.

I absolutely adore Evanna Lynch and and so glad she shared this book with us. The amount of strength and courage that would take us inspiring and speaks a lot to the person she is today. Thank you Evanna.

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Not what I expected, but super interesting

I, like some others (I'd imagine), came for the Potter part of the story. That's actually a very small part, BUT it's still a super interesting story. It's also crazy hearing how people treated eating disorders in the past (especially institutional treatment) and I'm glad she's shining a light on it. Add to that, she does talk about Potter so you still wont be let down!

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Master storyteller

Loved Evanna’s creative storytelling and bravery in telling her story. So much we actually relate to as women when we open up and tell our truths.

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Having been introduced to Evanna Lynch through her role as Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter, I was incredibly intrigued when she released her memoir. Her utter realness and ability to tell her story is spectacular. I cried, laughed, and found myself listening as though I was sitting next to her while she told her story. Thank you for sharing your story with us, Evanna.

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A must for parents with kids struggling with ED

It is weird to read the memoir of a stranger and recognizing so many overlaps with our own daughter's behavior and mind set. It opened my eyes in many ways. In addition, she is telling an interesting life story full of hope and funny anecdotes.

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Incredible, powerful, beautiful

This book hit me with a lot of intense feelings, I honestly wasn't sure what to expect, I just knew I wanted to read something by Evanna and I'm so glad I did.
I've never experienced an eating disorder and I had never understood what was behind one until I read this book, it's so much more than they usually paint it to be and at its core it seems to emerge from a mental health problem which I can relate to. Evanna tells her story in such a beautiful way, so vulnerable that you can feel everything she was feeling at the moment. I loved listening to her book through her voice, I feel it added an extra layer of reality.
I cried a lot listening to this, it made me feel a lot of things about myself and it made me hurt for her as well. I loved the ending and the afterword, so so beautiful :')
I would absolutely recommend this to anyone who wants a good read, something that feels real and emotional but if you've had issues with mental health or eating disorders I would advice to take it easy and see how you can handle it.
Thank you Evanna for sharing your story, I'm feeling inspired and hopeful because of it.