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Posted September 20, 2012
My first thought when I read the synopsis was that this book sounds really disturbing. Then came the intrigue, and the nagging in the back of my head that I needed to see what makes this boy want to literally eat himself to death. Not only eat himself to death, but do it for an audience online. Oh, and of course I had to know if he would really go through with it. This book was great. It really blew away my expectations. I honestly have to say I didn't know what to expect out of it. I didn't expect a story that would keep me turning pages until I was done and I certainly didn't expect how much depth there was to it.
Butter is an obese boy in his junior year of high school. He is used to being a loner and fining solace in food, his saxophone and his chatting with his crush online. He doesn't really seem to care about how overweight he is. He has tried to lose weight, but it doesn't work, so he doesn't care to try anymore. He is a really nice, funny talented guy. The few people who actually know the real him know this, but mostly he's invisible, even being so large. He is beyond being picked on. When he makes the website it's totally on impulse. He doesn't really think about the repercussions of it. Now he is suddenly popular. If he doesn't go through with the plan though, he will lose all of the supposed friendships he has gotten.
Watching as he blames everything else on his weight gain and pushes away the people who care just to impress people who could really care less about him as a person is very sad. People are all like, "Dude! he's Legendary!!" and stuff and I wanted to scream at them and tell them they are all jerks!! He is going to kill himself and they are all encouraging and enabling him. As this all goes on, he is hanging out with the cool kids, going to parties, and enjoying life despite the fact that his end is coming up soon. Through the story I was also very angry at his parents. His dad doesn't even talk to him. Like he's repulsed by him, and his mom keeps trying to feed him more "comfort foods". Not saying that it's their fault, but they could do a little more to help him instead of either totally ignoring him, or shoving food at him. They are two major extremes that only make it worse.
This story was really more than just about a fat kid trying to kill himself. The book is from Butter's POV so we see how he perceives himself and the others around him, but also through his interactions, we hear things in a way he may not. All these people are suddenly noticing him and think he is cool just because he is a fat kid who has had enough and wants to end his life by eating. It's really sad. As much as he feels like he fits in now, he really doesn't. Deep down he knows that. As New Years comes these people won't be his friends anymore either way.
This book broke my heart. Not in a bawl my eyes out sort of way, but the lingering affect it has left. Through so much of the book I couldn't make myself feel sorry for Butter at all because he gets mad when others are treating this all like a game, but he is the one who made the site. He is the one who keeps updating it and keeps it going. It wasn't until he slowly starts to grow as a character and open up his eyes to see what is really happening around him that my heart started to ache for him. Overall this was one of those books that slowly pulls out the emotions in you without you even realizing it. It was much more than I expected it to be.
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Posted February 21, 2013
I really enjoyed Butter, both the character and the book. I feel like his character was done pretty realistically. He realizes that he's not going to be able to drop his excess weight overnight. He also realizes that while he's a pretty great guy, a lot of people won't ever know because they can't see past the weight. Because of all of this, Butter has built up walls and resigned himself to a nickname that he got from an incident with a fellow classmate.
The story has both humorous and heartbreaking. The story and characters were well done and memorable. I believe teens (and others) that are overweight or have been bullied will really enjoy Butter's story. I know I did.
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Posted December 27, 2012
I appreciate the accurate struggle of a depressed mind. Butter begins blaming genetics and everyone else for his weight, and admits that he finds it too exhausting to explore the solutions he knows he needs to get better. Eventually, he realizes that the causes (and the solutions) are more complex than he first thought. This book might be a trigger for those suffering from suicidal thoughts, but I think most would find it refreshing to have a complex, no-easy-answers character with whom they can identify. It's a compelling story for teens and adults, alike.
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Posted September 18, 2012
Posted July 26, 2013
Eveybody who chats on here like haley or real haley or whoever u r this is not a chat room its for reviews so u al need to get a life and talk in a chat room
And a bunch of people r talkin about some really weird stuff
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Posted January 3, 2013
BUTTER BUDDER BUTTER BUDDER BUTTER
what is this book about? Let me guess, HOW AWSOME BUTTER IS XD
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BudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderbudderBUDDERBUDDERKILLALLSQUIDSBUDDERBUDDERBUDDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 15, 2013
So the reason I bought this book was simple - I thought it looked really interesting. And I really wanted to know what would happen. That's all. It could have been a huge disappointment, but oh my goodness gracious, it was everything I hoped for and more.
This author took a subject that was relatively morbid, but made it anything but a 'depressing' book. I hesitate to call this book funny, because of the serious matter it does deal with, but Butter's voice was just so darn great.
Butter (character) was funny, and smart, and witty and clever and quick and - one of my all time favourite male leads ever.
As for the plot, this book had me ripping through pages. I had no idea what decision Butter would at the end, and I could hardly stand the suspense. The rising action and climax, to use elementary language arts vocabulary, were the best I had read in a long time.
I fell in love with Butter throughout this book, and though maybe he was rude to some people at time, and wanted desperately to fit in, I don't think that invalidates him as a lovable character. He was lost, and the mistakes he made made him all the more real in my eyes. We all make mistakes sometimes, want to fit in with the wrong crowd, and Butter is no different.
SOOO overall I loved this book. A lot. I might even put it in my beloveds shelf. I wholeheartedly recommend it without reservation.
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