Source: The library
Hmmm… what to say about Butter? This was a very interesting unique read, and also very disturbing. Yet, there was plenty of comic relief, making the book easier to read. I think Lange did a wonderful job approaching such a hard subject, and it was truly a well written story.
If I’m going to be completely honest, sometimes I felt sick when the main character Butter’s eating habits were described. (It was just too much when he was binge eating.) Although I liked Butter, He had an overly woe is me attitude, an everything sucks perspective that was also hard to read at times. At first this was very off-putting, until I realized something; this book is sharing what I’m sure many other teenagers and people of all ages out there feel at some point in their lives. Something that maybe should be talked about more. Sometimes it was hard for me to feel bad for Butter. Although, I was always hoping he would grow (which he does) and work everything out. Therefore, I think to sum up Butter's character is just to say that he is a unique character that at times I felt nothing for and at other times I wanted to fiercely hug. To say the least, he was way better than the supporting characters in this book.
What bugged me the most about this book? In the end…no one told an adult about Butter’s website, the one where he claims he is going to eat himself to death on new year’s. I mean these high school students are cheering him on!!! This made me so mad, but I also thought that maybe, or should I say probably, to an extent, this does happen in real life. I hope kids that read this book realize that speaking up is the way to go. On that note, I think Butter would be a good discussion book for a teen book club, heck, even an adult book club, especially for parents. There are many different social issues that are brought up that sometimes people don’t talk about enough. I think that in the end it will help the reader become less judgmental about obese people, or at least I hope so, and realize that any kind of bullying is horrible. This book is obviously very moral driven.
I say get this one from the library next time you go. I did and I don’t regret it. It didn't take me long to read and it definitely made me think a little bit.