Thursday, October 25, 2012

{Blog Tour} Book Review: Butter by Erin Jade Lange



A boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make Scottsdale High history. He’s going to eat himself to death live on the Internet – and everyone will watch.

He announces his deadly plan to an army of peers and expects pity, insults or even indifference. Instead, he finds morbid encouragement.

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.

This is a hard review to write. I’m really not sure what I thought of Butter. It was just way too different from anything I’m used to, so I don’t have any books to compare it to.

But I felt I could relate on some level to the storyline, as someone who is overweight and knows several morbidly obese people. I recognized Butter’s behaviors as things that I’d seen in other people and even in myself. Though I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone planning on eating themselves to death.

I found Butter was hard to connect with, especially in the beginning, because he’d already given up. He’d reached the point that he really didn’t care that he was already slowly eating himself to death, and wasn’t going to try to change anything. But the further we got into the book, the more we were able to see about Butter, both inside and out. And by the end I actually found myself almost liking him.

I really liked seeing how Butter used his music. Whenever he was bored or having a tough time, he would either turn to food or his saxophone. I’ve felt that so many times. If I’m having a crappy day, I’ll either break out my stash of Snickers, or go play my favorite show tunes on the piano. I liked seeing how his music affected him throughout the novel.

The writing was excellent. It reflected the overall attitude of the book, and Butter’s emotions. It felt raw and real, and handled such a difficult subject with ease. And, though this may not be a good thing, Butter’s completely morbid, twisted thoughts seemed almost logical!

This book definitely isn’t for everyone, especially those who have a tough time talking about obesity, but it will find a way to keep it’s audiences captive under it’s flaky, warm, and very buttery spell.

Language: Heavy (Multiple s*** d*** f*** g** b****** etc… )
Sensuality: Moderate (Seeing as how Butter is 423 pounds, he doesn’t get very far with any girls, but there’s plenty of talk about that kind of stuff. Touching a girl’s breasts is on Butter’s bucket list. )
Violence: Moderate (Lots of bullying. Butter jumps off a cliff. And eating yourself to death is kind of self inflicted violence. )

Recommended age: 16+


I received a finished copy in exchange for a review and was not compensated in any way


  1. I have to say I wasn't a big fan of this one. I thought the idea had so much potential, but like you said, Butter was impossible to relate to.

    Also, the ending? Um, helllooo PSA to wrap things up. *shakes my head* I hate it when authors do that. Like, we're too dumb to figure out the point and we need it EXPLAINED to us. Teens or not teens, readers aren't stupid.

    1. I did think the ending was a a little bit too cheesy and obvious, but overall, I thought it wasn't too bad.

  2. This book was so 'strange' and therefore hard to review. I couldn't connect with butter and the whole concept was difficult to believe, but on the other hand, it was original.

    1. If I hadn't been part of the blog tour, I doubt I would've given it a full review, because it's such a hard book to accurately review. There's so much in it, and Butter just so...different, that I both loved and hated it.


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