Author: Erin Lange
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Genre: Contemporary, Mental Health, Obesity
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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?
I’ve been taking part in the #CatchupReadathon hosted by TheBookPeople and their lovely booktuber, Sophie. The idea of this Readathon is to read books that have been sat in your TBR (to be read) pile for a long time, there are a number of challenges to complete. I chose a book for each of the challenges and decided not to do the challenges in order but to start with which book I was in the mood for the most. So this book covers the challenge of “A Gifted book you haven’t been able to read”. I was sent this book by the lovely Tasha for no reason whatsoever, she’s just that awesome and it’s been sat on my bookshelf ever since.
This book is about a boy nicknamed butter, who is suffering with obesity, he’s alone with no friends, has troubles at home and fills this void by eating. This creates more problems for him as the result of his weight meant that he suffers from diabetes and he also finds it hard to play his pride and joy, his saxophone. He weighs over 400 pounds and has decided that enough is enough, and decides that he is going to livestream, over the internet, him attempting to eat himself to death.
Now this book, is absolutely amazing. I didn’t expect to like it because I couldn’t relate to the character, I haven’t suffered from obesity nor do I know anyone that has. But this book was so well written that I found myself rooting for butter, I felt as though I was in his shoes and that I was the one who was living this life. The characters were built up so well, that I felt like they were all real people, they all had their own problems, they were all completely different to one another.
The biggest plus about this book is the insight that it gave me into someone suffering with obesity, I know a lot of people have the attitude of “just stop eating” but its not as easy as that and butter has really pushed the idea that obesity is a difficult thing to deal with.
I found it so hard to put this book down that I read it in two sessions, even though the livestream isn’t until the very end of the book, you were just gripped. There was a lot of confusing twists and turns, a lot of “will he won’t he” moments.
I highly recommend this book.