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16-year-old “Butter” pretty much hates his life. He's tipping the scale at over 400 pounds. His only joys in life are food and playing the saxophone. His mother tries to make him feel better by giving him even more food. His father hasn't spoken to him in a very long time. The kids at school treat him as if he's invisible.
Butter's loneliness and pain escalate when an incident at school pushes him to the edge. This is when he decides to e ...more
Butter's a fat kid. That's something no one would argue with and something he himself identifies with. But he's so alone, and he's sad about being alone. He hates knowing what it is that keeps him alone is that number. Over the last few months, he's made good friends with Anna online -- Anna goes to his school, fits in with the in crowd, and has absolutely no idea the boy she talks to online (who goes by the name JP) is really Butter.
Then one day, Butter decides he's going to stand up for h ...more
But as time goes on the the clock counts down ...more
Kid eating himself to death?
I love the idea... but on the internet?
Not so sure anymore.
Kid gets encouragement?
Is he that unpopular they want to see him die in front of a webcam?
How cruel and Sadistic...
This sounds like a kind of bully story that I'll love.
Now I sound like the sadistic one.
But hey if it's about teen angst or something of the sort.
You got me wanting it.
I want this book. And Butter... I hope you don't want 'fame' that mu ...more
But Butter was just so frustrating. I don't want to sound insensitive or make it seem like I'm a jerk who hates obese people, but this book had me on the edge. The main character, at 423 pounds, would eat to upset his mom and would fail to take responsibility for his actions ...more
A copy was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Butter was a book that I knew I had to read. As someone who has had eating disorders around her all her life I am always intrigued to see how an author handles the subject. Now, we get to read about anorexia and bulimia all the time, but I have never come across a book that tackles the other end of the eating disorder spectrum. That's right, we finally have a novel about obesity ...more
He's also crushing on a girl from his school called Anna, but she'd never talk to him if she knew who he really was so he uses fake online identity called JP, claiming to be a boy from a nearby high school, and gets ...more
One of my all time favorite books is WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS. BUTTER deals with real life issues just like in WHERE THE RED FERN GROWS, though on a totally different scale and I now place BUTTER alongside ...more
Finally, Butter reaches a breaking point and decides to put up a website, where he proclaims that he will ...more
Butter has always been the fat kid, spending his summer days at glorified fat camps, that always promised but never delivered. Always blaming everyone else for his problems. After a terrible incident at school; he decides to end it once and for all.
Instead of being bullied or being the school outcast, Butter st ...more
Butter is about the new wave of bullies. Sure, it has old school bullies that give the fat kid his nickname of Butter, but it is too easy to demonize bullies who use physical intimidation. Lange doesn't make th ...more
You think I eat a lot now? That's nothing. Tune in December 31st, when I will stream a live webcast of my last meal. I can't take another year in this fat suit, but I can end this year with a bang. If you can stomach it, you're invited to watch...as I eat myself to death.
This is the opening paragraph. If that isn't enough to catch someone's attention, then I don't know what else would.
Before I picked this book up, I was a little nervous. I've tried to read books which dealt with simi ...more
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Butter was utterly captivating; from the cover, to the blurb, to the first paragraph through to the last. I honestly can't remember ever being so enamoured by one book, which unfortunately makes writing a comprehensive review a lot harder! However, if I could only use one word to describe this novel, it would probably be 'morbid', but let me explain.
"Butter" is a t ...more
Because by God, once Butter made a website saying was going to kill himself, he couldn’t very well not do it, right? What would his classmates think? They’d totally call him a coward! THERE IS NO WAY OUT ...more
Butter is a morbidly obese sixteen year old on the cusp of entering senior high school. His nickname is the result of a horrifying bullying incident about 5 years befor ...more
The whole premise of this book is so dark and disturbing that it's difficult to explain how normal it seems while reading, and how caught up you get in Butter's predicament. The scene where Butter earns his nickname is one of the most shocking scenes of the book, but also a very important one f ...more
Everyone calls him Butter. He's so large that he's beyond bullying at school. His dad has stopped talking to him. His mum can't stop cooking him comfort food.
Butter has passed 400lbs. His only pleasures are playing his saxophone in the privacy of his own room as his guilty online relationship with the beautiful Anna, who only knows him as SaxMan. But as everything around him just falls apart, on a whom he decides to create his Last Meal website - where he will select a menu and eat him ...more
I wasn't expecting anything from it so I wasn't disappointed but I didn't even feel the "meh" feeling I usually have after finishing a 3 stars book.
Main problem I had with Butter was that I couldn't relate to the main character. I didn't feel connected, didn't feel anything. I was just reading about him and I kind of wanted to finish the book. ...more
2. I cannot imagine that Erin Jade Lange has ever been fat, known a fat person, or even seen a person who actually weighed 423 pounds.
3. The writing was flat, boring, and sloppy. Sometimes getting thr...more
This book was incredibly well written and the structure was great overall. Even though the pace was really fast, for some reason I didn't get as involved in the story as I wished but I think that maybe if I read this story in the past when I was having thoughts similar to Butter's, I would have given this book 5 stars.
'Butter' is big. Like, 423 pounds big. He has no friends, unless you count Doc Bean or the Professor.
Despite spending many summers at FitFab - a summer camp for the slightly -ahem- larger population of kids - he just can't seem to shed the excess weight. In fact, all he ever seems to do is gain more.
Butter also has a crush. But he ...more
|YA Writers and Re...: Butter by Erin Jane Lange ->Start Date: Feb 1st 2014||12||18||Feb 04, 2014 09:39AM|
author, journalist, obsessive-compulsive list maker.
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Erin writes facts by day and fiction by night. As a journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers.
She is an only child, so she spent a lot of time entertaining herself as a kid. This required her to rely heavily ...more
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Oh my God, I hate myself right now.”