Butter / Erin Lange.
Publication year: 2013
Publisher: London : Faber and Faber, 2013.
ISBN: 9780571294404 (pbk.) : 9780571294411 (ebook) :
Originally published: New York: Bloomsbury, 2012.
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?
345 pages ; 20 cm
I wasn't sure about this one. I was intrigued by the premise, but not convinced I wanted to read it. I probably wouldn't have done if it hadn't been 'prescribed' reading. The bright cheery yellow cover is completely at odds with the serious nature of the story. It wasn't an easy read. It wasn't a comfortable read. But then it wasn't meant to be. The old saying 'sticks and stones may break my bones but words can never hurt me' has never been so thoroughly debunked. It should be compulsory reading for every student in every school.
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