Staff Pick: Butter by Erin Jade Lange

From 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?

Pick it: if you’re looking for an emotional, fast-paced read. Once this book got going I couldn’t put it down.

Skip it: if you’re squeamish! Let’s just say the author pulls no punches while describing Butter’s binges.

Pair with: Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes by Chris Crutcher, another intense read with a less-than-svelte narrator.

Reviewed by: Melissa


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