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Monday, August 13, 2012

Review: Butter

Title: Butter
Series: No
Genre: Young Adult-Contemporary
Author: Erin Jade Lange
Publisher: Bloomsbury
Release Date: September 18, 2012
Book: Netgalley

"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."

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 fun of him. I can tell immediately how hard it is for him everyday. 

Next, the bullies. UGH! I swear I wanting to slap every single one of them. How can a person loose weight when you make fun of them so much! Not to mention the disgusting and vile things they to do Butter. When I got to this part in the book, I wanted to cry. I was filled with so much anger, I could totally understand why Butter wanted to take his life. I would too if that was happening to me everyday.

There was friendship in this book but I am disappointed in it. Butter needed a friend. A good friend who was willing to stand by him and help. Not add to the problem or turn around when his is failing. Still, the way the author writes these characters adds to who Butter is. In the end, Butter figures of what he needs to do.

Butter is an unfortunate story of young man who is struggling. The extreme emotions and ugly people in the book make me so mad. The story delivers a good insight to a life of someone who faces that every single day!! Butter will shock the reader. An wonderful achievement in bringing such an emotional story to light, Butter is well-crafted.

I give it 5 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I'm so glad to see a review of this because I won a copy in one of the YAnazing races. I'm a bit nervous about reading it, but it sounds like a very important book that young people need to know about.

  2. I've really wanted to read this book, great review and I can't wait to check it out myself.

  3. I'm not sure if this one is for me. I can see this one being so emotional and I also know I'd want to slap those bullies as well.

  4. I really don't think this book is for me at all. I'm so in love with Butter already and I just cringe to think about what happens to him in this book and I don't think I could deal with it -- I'd get so made on his behalf and it would just pain me to have to read what he endures. I have no doubt it's brilliantly written, and any book that can make my gut clench at a mere premise and review is something to take note of, but I just am not sure I have the courage to make it all the way through Butter's story.


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