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3.74  ·  Rating details ·  8,719 ratings  ·  1,324 reviews
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. Death row inmates get one. Why shouldn't I? 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.

So starts Butter, the story of a lonely 423-pound boy eve
Paperback, 352 pages
Published March 7th 2013 by Faber and Faber (first published September 4th 2012)
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Sally Maybe if you eat it?!! I don't believe that by reading something we are more inclined to do something. If anything it'll help those who may identify w…moreMaybe if you eat it?!! I don't believe that by reading something we are more inclined to do something. If anything it'll help those who may identify with Butter's issues and lead them to change the way they think/live. It looks sensibly (through his friend Tucker, and the medical specialists) at how to productively move on while also showing the cruelty and superficiality of society and encouraging the reader not to put too much onus on it!(less)

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Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I read Butter over two weeks ago, but never got around to writing a review pretty much because I didn’t want to get trolled. In case you aren’t already aware . . . .

After all the backlash the original blurb (not the book itself, because everyone decided to get asshurt before the damn thing was even released so they could read it) for Holding Up the Universe, I was more than a little scurrrrred to share all of my thoughts about thi
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 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 w
May 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Ash Rocketship
Jan 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
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

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
Nov 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Recommended to Ylenia by: Sarah Churchill
Shelves: 2015-reads
2.5 stars

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
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
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Oct 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
I've been dying to read this book ever since I saw it recommended to me on Goodreads a few months ago. It has all of these things I thought would be interesting to read about: a 400+ lb main character, binge eating, a threat of suicide, people cheering on unhealthy habits. To be a little bit TMI, as someone who's dabbled in NSFW commissioned writing, binge eating / weight gain has been one of the topics I've had to write about. So I *had* to read this book. I had to see how it could be covered i ...more
Jenni Arndt
Jun 12, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 20, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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First off:
Kid eating himself to death?
I love the idea... but on the internet?
Not so sure anymore.
Second off:
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
Jun 26, 2011 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 19, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
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Mar 14, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“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.”

Body image. Self confidence. Weight issues. Ring any bells?

For me, those phrases ring the bells of the young generation of modern society. My generation, to be frank
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
For starters, it's not a bad book, however, it isn't really my kind of book either. I feel like I'm about 5-10 years to old for it. The style is quite direct and easy; not very special. The plot is quite simple, but worked out logically. Just not my type.
Alicia Siekierski
Sep 29, 2015 rated it liked it
3,5 stars**

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.
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book would probably get 4.5 stars from me. It's a well written story about a young overweight guy who posts on the internet that he is going to eat himself to death on the 31st of December - suddenly he is very popular. I really enjoyed this book, it is thought provoking.
Shawnda M.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was about an obese teenager who decided to take his own life, and created a website so people could watch him eat himself to death!!! Wow I don't even know how to begin to describe how I felt about this book. It cut deep into my heart and soul as I read it. To know that some people out there struggle with this issue everyday and feel like they have no other choice, no alternative but to take their own life because they feel so trapped in the body they are stuck in. I really did sympat ...more
Zach M
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my English class, we are required to read at least one book each month, and for the month of November I read "Butter" by Erin Jade Lange. The books cover initially intrigued me, the simplistic abstract design. The simple title, the substance of the title. All of it made me curious as to just what this book was all about.
The book is about an obese high school student named Marshall; or as he's more commonly referred to as, "Butter". Due to his weight problems and awkward nature, Butter is a

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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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
Larry Sedrick
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An amazing trip i just took!!!!!!
I was expecting this book to be disturbing and heart-breaking and all around an incredible read, but it was a total letdown.

Butter is 423 pounds. He's always isolated himself because of his size, never pursuing his interests in fear of persecution and laughter. And he's fed up with it. If everyone is already going to look at him, to watch him eat, he decides to really give them something to look at. So he creates a he's going to eat himself to death while his li
I've been wanting to read Butter forever, and I'm so glad that I finally did. It's heartbreaking, funny, disturbing, cute, and eye-opening. Butter is sixteen and weighs 423 pounds. He eats, and eats, and eats some more despite being told he needs to lose wait. He believes he's a lost cause, so why even bother? It's not like he's picked on at school. He's mostly just ignored, although the kids only ever call him by his nickname. But one day, that changes. He puts himself out there, only to have f ...more
Shannon C
It all starts out with Butter telling you his plan. To eat such a large amount of food that he’ll kill himself on New Year’s Eve. At first he thinks this will be a great idea, he’ll go out with a bang and nobody will care, but his plan quickly starts to spread. Butter rapidly goes from the overweight outcast to hanging out with the most popular kids in school. He never thought that this is what was going to come of the plan. He also becomes friends with his crush through this… his crush that he ...more
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ERIN JADE LANGE is the author of The Chaos of Now; Rebel, Bully, Geek, Pariah; Dead Ends; and Butter, an ABC New Voices selection. As a former journalist, she is inspired by current events and real-world issues and uses her writing to explore how those issues impact teenagers. Erin lives in Phoenix, Arizona.

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