Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Bloomsbury Children, 316 Pages
US Release Date: September 4, 2012
Source: Publisher, via NetGalley (thank you!)
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.
Surprisingly emotional. You come to care for Butter and what he's going through.
Love the saxophone element.
The family. They're not perfect, but...there's one scene with the dad that got me.
Minorly predictable? I mean...well, no spoilers. But it is. In a way.
Sometimes Butter was just that bitter fat kid, and pretty unlikeable.
A compelling read about so much more than being the fat kid; it's about friendship, and learning to love not only yourself but those around you in any capacity.
For anyone who feels outside the normal.
4 Stars / 5