Butter by Erin Lange

How did I get the book?
Donated for review.

Genre: Contemporary

First Impression:
Ohh I’ve heard good things about this.

Synopsis: 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 everyone calls ‘Butter’. Worse than being ridiculed for his size at high school, he is simply ignored. Desperate, he pledges to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch. When he makes this announcement online, he expects pity, insults, or possibly sheer indifference. Instead, his classmates become morbid cheerleaders for 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?

200words (or less) review: Butter is a really accomplished piece of fiction. Butter himself is a realistic character and narrates his story with honesty. I frequently form an opinion on books based on the first chapter and Butter certainly convinced me that I’d be reading his story to the end.

While it is easy to sympathise with Butter he isn’t a character that makes you stay on his side from start to finish. The fact that on occasion I really didn’t like Butter make the story more gritty and believable. He is an outcast as school and Butter himself doesn’t see beyond that role. Yet he can be just as judgmental as his peers.

The majority of characters in this book seem stereotypical, particularly the popular group. The book is about Butter and his journey but I felt that having a better understanding of some of the other main players, like Tucker, could have taken everything just that little bit further.

I can only compliment Erin Lange on her writing and Butter’s voice, which is so convincing and a big part of why this book works so well.

Recommend it?

Yes*

*3.5 stars

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