Butter by Erin Jade Lange

423 pounds and still invisible, Butter struggles through an impossible high school experience, finding solace only when he uses a fake identity to carry on an online relationship with beautiful Anna. But soon Butter can no longer handle the pressures of his life, and creates a website on which he states that he will literally eat himself to death on New Year’s Eve. Once the popular kids catch wind of the website, Butter is suddenly important and included, and must decide whether he will cling to his life, or be carried away on the morbid frenzy his website inspired.

I read this book in almost one sitting. It really highlights the high school experience for those who feel that they are social outcasts. The way the popular crowd urges Butter’s quest to commit suicide is terrifying — the scariest part being that it seems like something that could really happen. Lange deftly captures what cyber-bullying looks like in today’s world, along with its sometimes deadly consequences.

Along with cyber-bullying, Lange tackles such issues as the need for acceptance, eating disorders, online relationships, and parental neglect — all issues teens deal with on a daily basis. You won’t want to put this one down!

This one has a great book trailer! Click here to watch.

Rating: 4/5

For full analysis (including flags and SPOILERS) click here.

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