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Review: BUTTER by Erin Jade Lange

So there's this book that I learned about months ago from a fellow YAHer about a boy who announces that he will be eating himself to death live on the internet, for all his bullies to watch. CHA-CHING! Ever since hearing about it, I couldn't help but sulk and whine that I'd have to wait until September or October to read it. (Goodreads states that it will be out September 18th, 2012 but the ARC says October 2nd.)

The book is BUTTER, and the author is Erin Jade Lange.

Here is the synopsis for BUTTER, courtesy of Goodreads:

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.

When I received the ARC for this book in the mail unexpectedly, I literally screamed out loud because I was so happy and excited to be holding it in my hands. (Thank you so much Kari Olson!) I then proceeded to read it in less than a day, devouring it like Butter devours the daily lunches his mom packs him.

And it was glorious.

This book is like a deliciously twisted, deeper version of those guilty pleasure teen flicks, you know the ones- where The Nerd gets a makeover and becomes popular for awhile until they learn that it's not all it was cracked up to be. Except this isn't a makeover, it's a morbid fascination with an obese boy who announces his suicide plan, from the exact date and time to the menu that will do him in. He even opens up the menu to viewer voting, furthering the disturbing nature of it all.

Butter was just what I wanted it to be. I will say that the ending was very predictable, in multiple aspects, and while that would usually take quite a bit away from the reading experience for me, this was not one of those cases. This one truly was about the journey, and what a journey it was. The car wreck waiting to happen, the ticking time bomb that you're just waiting to see explode.

This one gets two thumbs up from me for sure. If you dig the synopsis, you'll definitely dig the book. The characters are truly multi-dimensional and come alive on the page, and the story gets a powerful message across without coming off as an after school special.

Amy Lukavics

Amy lurks within the forested mountains of Arizona. When she isn't reading or writing creepy stories, she enjoys cooking, crafting, and playing games across many platforms. She is the author of Daughters Unto Devils (Harlequin Teen 2015) and The Women In The Walls (Harlequin Teen 2016).

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  1. I've seen this around but I think this is the first review of it I've read! It sounds awesome. I'm looking forward to it now. Great review :D

  2. Interesting! I wonder what will happen???? Thank you for the nice review!

  3. Sounds really interesting! I'll definitely read it when it comes out.

  4. Anticipating the release of Butter very much. You're so lucky to have an advance copy! As soon as I read the synopsis I added it to my debut pile. It's sounds different from other YA books I've read...and I love different.

    Thanks for the review.

  5. I love the sound of this book, because it's not even remotely similar to any YA books i've seen before. Ms Lange sure has imagination.


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Item Reviewed: Review: BUTTER by Erin Jade Lange Rating: 5 Reviewed By: Amy Lukavics