by Erin Jade Lange
No one knows Butter's real name. No one really cares to know either. He sits alone at lunch, is ignored in classes by virtually everyone but his music teacher. You see, Butter is obese. Extremely obese. And he's had it. He is done with being who he is. He's decided there's only one way out, and that's to eat himself to death. One last, huge meal. And he's going to broadcast it on the internet. When he shares his webpage, "Butter's Last Meal", with classmates, he suddenly finds that he's the most popular kid at school. The thing is, he's only popular because he's supposed to kill himself. So what does he do now that he's finally found a place?
Butter is a dark novel, as one can infer from it's premise. Butter himself is a very depressed kid who has hidden that depression from his parents and anyone else who kind of knows him. The book is a cautionary tale about the dangers of peer pressure. I won't spoil the ending, but it really harks on how little you can know a person, and how important it is to try. A good read for those who like more serious titles, but it's definitely for an older crowd.
Genre: Realistic Fiction
Age Level: 10th Grade