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3.75 of 5 stars 3.75  ·  rating details  ·  3,775 ratings  ·  721 reviews
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 e ...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published September 4th 2012 by Bloomsbury
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Stacia (the 2010 club)
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.

- Butter

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 simil
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Monica!
Butter seems to be on all the reading lists recently, so I figured I’d better get caught up with What the Kids are Reading. And damn. It was a fascinating story, not so much for the characters themselves, but for the idea that a teenager could basically be peer pressured into committing suicide.

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
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Hannah
I'm going to be honest here. I struggle a lot with sizeism. Even though I've learned, rationally, that size and health are not directly related, and that overeating is an eating disorder like any other, I still struggle. The idea that thin equals healthy, and that fat people are lazy and just need to stop eating so much and just try to be healthy were instilled in me so much while growing up that it's really hard to let go of them. I'll know that my thoughts are really mean and problematic, but ...more
Sarah Churchill
Fantastic. A sort of dark comedy that gives insight into another form of bullying - that of the 'friends' who use and abuse, which the victim ignores because they just want to be accepted and have friends.

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
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Kelly
3.5.

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
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Craig MacLachlan
Erin Jade Lange has written an astounding, heart provoking, wonderful novel, BUTTER. I read BUTTER in two days and couldn't put it down. The writing is crisp and clean along with the characterization and Erin Lange immersed me into the story so well that at times I forgot I was reading a book!

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
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Thomas
Here's my preface: I know some people are naturally heavier than others. I'm aware that some people have medical issues. I know, as cliche as it sounds, that what's on the inside matters much more than what's on the outside.

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
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Matt
When lonely outcast 16-year old Butter decides to post a website proclaiming a countdown to his New Years Eve event: "Butter's Last Meal" where he plans to eat himself to death live, he finds that his popularity explodes. Suddenly, the 432-pound Butter finds himself inside of the cool crowd, buds with the jocks, invited to all the parties, and - for the first time - Butter finds he has friends, and the girl of his dreams doesn't seem so unattainable.

But as time goes on the the clock counts down
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Anjana
JP/Butter is an obese boy in high school with a love for the saxophone and quite obviously, food. Butter's high school life involves him pretty much being ignored by everyone as he's way past the weight to be bullied as the fat kid; most of his classmates just feel sorry for him now.
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
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Steph Su
Oh, but this book had so much potential! Unfortunately, BUTTER’s casual treatment of its characters’ actions and motivations lessened the quality of what could have been a thought-provoking YA contemporary novel on the highly relevant issues of bullying, obesity, and body image.

The main character, Butter, is a likable guy. Any reader, male or female, who has experienced adolescent insecurities in any form will want to reach out to him, to let him know that he is not alone. Deep down he really is
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Cory
Jun 26, 2011 Cory marked it as to-read
Recommends it for: Fans of Fat Kid Rules the World
I read the unedited first chapter on AW. I think this will be awesome and I eagerly anticipate it.
Jenni Arndt
You can read all of my reviews at Alluring Reads.

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
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Sue
I wasn't sure what to think when I started this novel. The premise disturbed and fascinated me, but I had put off reading it for a few months since it had arrived in our library. I should have read it the minute it entered our doors. I finished it in a day and it is occupying a dark corner of my brain, and may do so for some time.

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
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Roxanne
Mar 20, 2012 Roxanne marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-get-books
First off:
Kid eating himself to death?
Really?...
I love the idea... but on the internet?
Not so sure anymore.
Second off:
Kid gets encouragement?
Really?
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.
Conclusion:
I want this book. And Butter... I hope you don't want 'fame' that mu
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Ash Russell
1. I didn't realize this was a young adult novel when I bought it, so I was actually expecting a grossly morbid story devoid of plot and morality, which I was looking forward to. When I realized it was a young adult novel, I knew I was in for something moralistic and terrible. My fault, obviously.

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

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Victoria Scott
One billion stars.

That is all.
Ruth
Feb 20, 2012 Ruth marked it as to-read
Shelves: ludicrous
What the fuhhhh?
Autumn Franklin
Butter; a 423 pound 16 year old antisocial teenage boy. You might have trouble making friends too. Butter spends his days in his room talking to his online girl friend a.k.a. the most popular girl at his school Anna. She thinks she is talking to her football player boyfriend who goes to another school. Who she has never even seen a picture of, or so she thinks. One day after a bad day at school, he is so disgusted with himself he decides that his only option is to kill himself. And he decides to ...more
Chantelle
SIGNED COPY OF BUTTER UP FOR GRABS!!!! FROM MAY 13-19 I AM HOLDING A GIVEAWAY ON MY BLOG!(US only)

The full review can be found here.

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
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Tasha
Jan 07, 2013 Tasha rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
Bullied because of his weight, Butter eats alone at a table with a special bench in the cafeteria. He sits alone in each class, thanks to his specialized desks. His parents struggle with his weight to, his mother continuing to try to get him healthy food and his father basically not speaking to him at all. Butter’s one big connection is with his online girlfriend who doesn’t realize who he is and who is starting to pressure him to meet in person. As Butter’s life continues to become more and mor ...more
Cecilia Gray
Butter follows the titular character on a quest to commit suicide by gluttony online after being bullied into this breaking point, but he finds his morbid goal gives him a newfound popularity and friendships that are ironically tied to his willingness to die in such a spectacular fashion.

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
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Savannah (Books With Bite)
You know as much as I have read, I have never had a book make me gag. This is a good thing. Why, you might ask? Well, for one this book is so well written with great descriptions that I fell immediately into the book, taking everything in.

There are many parts in this book that throw me in emotional overload. The reader meets Butter, an over- weight young boy who wants a change. The deep feelings his has for wanting to lose the weight, for not wanting to eat so much, for others to stop making fu
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Tammy
It took me a long time to get the courage to read this book. I thought it was going to be a tragic story and in many ways, it is. It is also a story about love and friendships and family.

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
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Carrie Ardoin
Life is lonely and hard for 16 year old Butter. He's tipping the scales at over 420 pounds, and the ruthless kids at his high school gave him the unflattering nickname, that unfortunately stuck. The only things that gie him joy in life are playing his saxophone, his online relationship with a girl from his school (who doesn't know the truth about who she's talking to), and of course, eating.

Finally, Butter reaches a breaking point and decides to put up a website, where he proclaims that he will
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Mckenna Cupidro
Butter is an emotional book and unexpectedly keeps you secretly sad at the same time. Butter is an obese kid who is unnoticed for most of his life, besides the fact that his nickname is Butter. Butter is a kid with dark thoughts running through his head and the only positive things in his life keeping him going is his saxophone and the prettiest girl in his school, Anna. He's the typical shy kid who minds his own business, but has a huge imagination and thinks of that pretty popular girl in sch ...more
Katy Noyes
4.5 stars.

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
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Melissapalmer404
Book #19 Read in 2014
Butter by Erin Jade Lange (YA)

Butter is the nickname of an obese teenager. He decides that he has had enough of life and creates a website detailing his plans for enjoying his last meal on New Year's Eve, a meal that will cause diabetic complications enough to hopefully kill him. The website takes on a life of its own and the popular kids at school begin to include Butter in their plans...but are they really his friends? Will he go through with his suicidal plan or reach out
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Owen Harvey
A moving and gripping story, close to my heart.

Although I read Butter, sometime last year, I can still remember it. The story was moving, emotional and worse of all I suppose true. I know exactly what it feels like to be in his shoes, apart from trying to kill myself by overeating, I was overweight.

It's horrible. No. It really really is, but the story only serves to prove that to people who are lucky enough not to ever have to experience what being overweight feels like, not only physically but
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Aleeeeeza
Jun 04, 2012 Aleeeeeza marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2012-release
i love the stark cover! it matches the summary perfectly! and the summary? O. M. G.

i am like, DYINGGG to read this book. and no, no pun was intended, i swear!
Bonnie Hansley
Very confused as to why this book is listed as one of teens top ten??? I feel like a lot of adults see child obesity and cyber bullying as the main problems teenagers have and the way they portrayed both those issues in this book was over the top and unrealistic. No ENTIRE student body of any public school I know would know about a kids attempt at suicide and not say anything. Several characters were like "ha if you were serious I'd get you help" um excuse me so suicides okay to joke about? It w ...more
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