• 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
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Biographies & Memoirs, Women
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (104 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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Evocative, vulnerable, relatable

Whether you have hunger ,binges, purging, or overeating, Evanna writes with a voice for everyone. Her insight and clarity are way beyond her years. There is a freedom of her soul that she has beautifully developed through her personal journey.
There is a bit of Luna Lovegood in her world, or there is a bit of Evanna in Luna Lovegood.
It is a perfectly wonderful read.

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One of my favorite books

Definitely a favorite book. The voice, the language, the metaphors & analogies, the heavy & raw & real content & healing. All of it was a wonderful & moving experience. I hope Evanna Lynch writes more books.

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Evanna, please write more!!

Evanna Lynch is a talented writer and reader. Even though her struggles are hard to listen to, she tells everything with such grace you just want to hug her. I hope she pursues more writing - fiction, nonfiction, anything! She has a gift for describing things that most writers lack, and her reading is flawless. 5/5 *****

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Amazing

such an amazing tale of truth, flaws, vulnerability and the human condition. Brava. Brava.

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a pleasant treat

I adored this memoir and the fact that Evanna narrates it herself. I didn't have any expectations going into it, but I am so glad I picked it up. I applaud Evanna for sharing her darkest times so openly, not trying to mask or beautify the ugly bits. This is a strong story and I think it belongs in my classroom library. . . and hopefully it will find its way into the hands of my students. ❤ This story is definitely worth listening to.