Tuesday, September 04, 2012

Happy Book Birthday: BUTTER

It's pub day for BUTTER from Erin Jade Lange. This book is unforgettable.

A lonely 423-pound boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. This New Year's Eve, he’s going to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch.

When he makes this announcement online, he expects pity, insults, or possibly sheer indifference. Instead, his classmates become morbid cheerleaders for his deadly plan. When that encouragement tips the scales into popularity, Butter has a reason to live. But if he doesn’t go through with his plan, he’ll lose everything.

BUTTER has the relentless immediacy of THIRTEEN REASONS WHY (talk about a ticking clock!), but the keen observations and dark humor of the main character keep the book from becoming grim. I think that the thing that freaked me out most about BUTTER was that I could identify so well with both the bullied... and the bullies. And though I was disturbed by some of the content, I found myself thinking about the book long after I'd turned the last page.

Buy the book from OblongChanging Hands, IndieBound, Book DepositoryAmazon, BandN, or wherever fine books are sold.

BUTTER is a New Voices pick for 2012:

"A gripping debut about J.P. (aka "Butter") who, tired of being the fat kid at school, decides to binge-eat himself to death live on his website, butterslastmeal.com, on New Year's Eve. When Butter is suddenly swept into the 'cool' crowd, he must decide if popularity is worth dying for."
--Brandi Stewart, Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, AZ

“When does an Internet dare go too far?  Erin Jade Lange tackles a timely topic with a hefty dose of in-your-face intensity, tempered by the droll sense of humor from an unexpectedly fierce narrator.  Butter’s voice is loud, funny and unapologetic. I cared deeply for him and found myself rooting for him to find a way out of the mess he’d made.”
 - Daisy Whitney, author of THE MOCKINGBIRDS 

“A clever, tender and emotional page-turner!  Butter’s sharp and witty narrative had me laughing out loud on one page and broke my heart just as easily on the next.  Debut author Erin Jade Lange proves she knows how to tell a story and this is one I won’t be forgetting any time soon.”
- Courtney Summers, author of SOME GIRLS ARE and THIS IS NOT A TEST


  1. Sounds creepy. Happy book birthday! (I didn't know that was a "thing." I thought they were called "release days") Live & learn. :)

    1. It can be called whatever you want, babe. :)

  2. I'm really looking forward to reading this~ what a powerful topic!

  3. Oh my, that books sounds absolutely wretched and absolutely fantastic all at once. Happy book b-day to Erin! I look forward to reading this!

  4. What an interesting concept. I think people will have to read this one just to see if he goes through with it. I want to know! On the one hand I think how could the author go through with killing this boy off, but on the other hand what an ending that would be and one not soon forgotten. Hmmm...

    I love the term "book birhtday." Such a happy little phrase!

  5. Whoa. That does sound intense. What a subject matter!

  6. Loved this book so much. Since the day I heard you mention it (at the OCCBWW?) I clamored for a chance to get my hot little hands on it. And it was well worth the wait!


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