by : erin jade lange
pages : [hardcover] 294
memorable quote : “If you just stop expecting perfection from everyone and everything, you might see the good stuff outweighs the bad. And then maybe someday you’ll look in the mirror and see the same thing.”
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.
I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while so I’m glad that I finally got around to reading it, though I didn’t end up enjoying it quite as much as I was hoping I would.
Butter follows to story of an obese boy who can’t see himself as anything but that. In fact, he only refers to himself as ‘Butter’, the cruel nickname handed to him after his classmates bullied him terribly. His life isn’t easy. He’s struggling to lose weight as well as find himself, because he has no friends and his family life is rocky. In fact, his father hasn’t directly spoken to him in a few months, and the only way his mother can think to make him feel better means giving him comfort food–which only adds to the weight problem.
I loved how Lange referred to Butter’s home life and environment so much to point out how even though he did play a huge role in getting himself to an unhealthy weight, he also had no supportive environment to keep him from hurting himself in that way or to help him improve consistently. The book follows Butter through these family meals, as well as doctors visits and other events that become necessary when you are obese and health complications come with that.
Butter takes a turn for the worse when he spontaneously decides to announce that he’ll be committing suicide–and not only that but turning his death into some kind of show. The majority of the book focuses on this and whether or not Butter will decide to go through with the action. I honestly had no idea of how this was going to turn out and ended up satisfied with the ending, even though it wasn’t enough to make this one of my favorite books. While I did think that the plot and characters were well-done, Butter didn’t leave as much of an emotional impact on me as I thought that a novel involving such heavy themes could have done.
I would recommend this book to people looking for something different to read, as it is an interesting perspective that isn’t often seen in the YA genre and is a quick story!