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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 hissuicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn't go through with his plans?

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, c2012
ISBN: 9781619631212
Branch Call Number: FIC Lange
Characteristics: 296 p.


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Jul 21, 2014

can relate to being overweight or obese in high school.

Cynthia_N Apr 26, 2014

Heart wrenching story. Butter is miserable and decides to end his life by eating himself to death. Once his story gets out, it seems to take on a life of it's own and he feels trapped and unable to change his mind. The author has created a real character that I worried about when I wasn't reading the book.

Apr 07, 2014

I didn't expect to like this book so mich, but I did ! it was a great and fun, with even some suspense sometimes.

JCLPeggyH Nov 22, 2013

While this was not a light read by any means, it does end on a hopeful note. Butter demonstrates very effectively that bullying can take many forms, including false friendship. Butter himself was not a very likeable character, but yet was a very real character - not the stereotype I was expecting. As you come to know Butter, you can better understand why he behaves the way he does, even though you want to scream at him, "NO! Don't do that!" over and over again. He sabotages himself at every turn and you can only hope that he learns what he needs to before it's too late.

Jul 10, 2013

I liked this book a lot. I wish they showed what happens in the future, but oh well. It was still a very good book. Finished it in a day.

Jun 01, 2013

Erin Jade Lange's diction is absolutely wonderful. She has a superb taste in word choice even when the characters in her book are cursing teenagers who pride on speaking profanity. However, I thought she could work more on the pacing of the story and could have expanded more on Butter's return to everyday life. I was expecting to see how his faux friends react. I wanted to get a glimpse of his decision about his future, be it auditioning for Julliard, heading for BI at Chicago, or continuing on at Scottsdale High. Despite that, his reconciliation with Anna is satisfying. Overall, Butter is quite outstanding as a debut novel.

LocketLibrarian Feb 25, 2013

Definitely upper end YA.

Did a brief read through on this one, Butter is someone we can relate to.
End seems a little tidy, but hopefully the author makes this a stand-alone novel.

Really well done, can't wait to book talk this with teens

Jan 04, 2013

You know when a character in a book becomes real to you that you think you can just call them up and they will answer the phone.

Gives you a new look at online bullying.

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Nov 01, 2014

goldbean thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

Jun 01, 2013

vicky84027 thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

LocketLibrarian Feb 25, 2013

LocketLibrarian thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


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Jun 23, 2015

This book is a heart warmer. A story that most can relate to. Making hard choices and thinking right


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