Sunday, September 9

Butter by Erin Jade Lange

Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens
Age Group: Young Adult

Pages: 304

Summary: A lonely obese boy everyone calls "Butter" is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans? With a deft hand, E.J. Lange allows readers to identify with both the bullies and the bullied in this all-consuming look at one teen's battle with himself.

My Thoughts: When I went into this one, I knew I was probably going to get emotional. From page one, I could see Butter’s struggles and how lonely he seemed to be.

We are introduced to Butter who is a really big guy. He’s obese and has trouble losing weight. He likes to eat. He’s always enjoyed eating and its taking its toll on him. He doesn't get made fun of too bad, people just ignore him. One day, he is put into an embarrassing situation and later comes up with the idea to eat himself to death. He thinks people will watch, it will get him some attention.

He starts a website. People go to the website. Kids that once teased him, mostly the popular kids are suddenly his best friends. Butter does like the attention even if its not for the right reasons. Its hard to go from being so lonely to getting invited to parties.

On top of all of this, Butter likes one of the popular girls, Anna. Anna was a nice girl but at times I didn’t like her very much. Sometimes she didn’t act all that much different from the popular kids and that bugged me.

Butter starts planning his last meal and things go crazy from there. He’s what people are talking about. He’s popular.

Butter was an intense story. I really enjoyed this novel but it was kind of morbid when you think about it. It has a good message, buried deep but I hated the way I felt reading this. I wanted to do something. I wanted to say something. This was an emotional read for me.

Please give Butter a chance. If you’ve ever been bullied, read this.

Overall: I really liked this one even though it was kind of sad and made me want to cry throughout it.

Cover: Like it. It’s not real colorful but I still think its appealing.

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Telia Battle said...

That's a good book to read I can't wait to read this book.

Bianca said...

It sounds like it would be really hard to read. It makes me sick that someone would start paying attention to someone just to support them in doing something harmful. Why would someone want to watch someone eat themselves to death? Guess I will just have to read it and see what happens.

Mel@Thedailyprophecy said...

I couldn't really get into this story. I could understand his lonely feelings, because I had them to when I was bullied. I just couldn't connect with him and I found him annoying sometimes..


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