Butter by Erin Jade Lange
Release: September (4) 18, 2012
Source: e-ARC from publisher via net galley
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?
I'll admit it, I only requested to read Butter from netgalley because of its premise. A guy to threatens to eat himself to death? Talk about brow-raising.
This book had the potential to be really good, so I went in hoping for the best. And I wasn't disappointed.
Butter is about an obese boy who has had enough. He's tired of his body, tired of being ignored. This leads him to start a website, promoting his epic "finale". He threatens to eat himself to death, and soon, young Butter finds himself at the center of attention.
What follows is thought-provoking, fast-paced tale.
Butter's a really interesting main character. He's witty, self-depricating, and even a bit pathetic at times. But he's real. It's one of the highest compliments I can give to any YA contemporary. Lange also manages to masterfully build the tension until the end, as "Butter" makes preparations for his final meal.
What this book lacked, though, was more developed and endearing supporting characters. I don't think I liked any of them in this book. The entire story rests on Butter's shoulders, so your enjoyment of the book depends on what you think of him. I also feel that Butter lacked the emotional quality that most "issue" books have.
Overall, though, I enjoyed Butter. Its a unique tale about self discovery and making changes. It's about learning who your true friends are.
RATING: 4 SLICES