About the book: Butter by Erin Jade Lange
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.
About the author: ERIN JADE LANGE is a news producer in Phoenix Arizona. Butter is her debut novel. www.butterslastmeal.com
My thoughts: This book was different than anything I had read before. It not only deals with the epidemic of childhood obesity but also with the shame that accompanies being grossly overweight. It made me sad to read about all of the people that ignore "Butter" or treat him badly because of his weight. The saddest part of all was that the story is so believable. I could very much imagine children watching in morbid fascination and cheering on one of their classmates as they endeavor to eat themselves to death.
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*summary and author notes from the OSL catalog.