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Lange, Erin Jade.
New York : Bloomsbury USA, 2013

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Butter is a 423-pound lonely teen, nicknamed after an incident in which he was bullied into eating an entire stick of dirty butter. This incident is pretty indicative of his life though, in which he is constantly belittled, and made to feel invisible, despite his massive size. Lonely and sick of his life, Butter declares online one night that he will eat himself to death over a live webcast on New Year’s Eve on He doesn’t know what to expect after his declaration is made, but what he gets is DEFINITELY not what he expected. He is invited to hang out with the “it” crowd, which includes Anna, the girl of his dreams. Their morbid curiosity, masked by fake friendship, urges his new “friends” to egg him on in his suicidal plan, create deadly bucket lists for him, and place bets on what he will eat for his last meal. Though all of their invitations to hang out and party are prompted only by Butter’s deadly declaration, he begins to enjoy all the attention and popularity, though he knows it’s fake. He begins to question his decision, but knows that if he doesn’t go through with his plan, life will go back to normal, or maybe even worse than before. When the big night arrives, Butter must make a decision that can either take or change his life forever. (  (South Carolina Young Adult Book Award, 2015, Prepared by: Abby Holdeman, Chapin High School,

SUBJECTS:     Obesity -- Fiction.
                        Eating disorders -- Fiction.

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