"Butter" is a teenage boy, and he is obese. He is much more than that, but that is what his classmates see, and that is how they know him. In an act of desperation, Butter makes a horrifying pledge to eat himself to death--live online. The sudden popularity that results is both unexpected and unsettling, as his newfound "friends" push him to keep his promise. As the date draws nearer and the pressure grows, Butter must sort out what he really wants and what real friendship means. While Butter can at times be frustrating and doesn't always do the right thing, he emerges as an empathetic character who is undeniably human and trapped by his own weaknesses, decisions, and the bullies who see him only as entertainment.
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From the publisher’s description:
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.
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