Ever posted something online and then thought, “Oh, probably shouldn’t have done that?” Well, Butter has that kind of a moment. But with Butter, he goes back and forth. Here’s the deal. Butter by Erin Jade Lange is about a junior in high school named Marshall, but he’s had the nickname Butter since the end of middle school. It isn’t something he is proud of, and doesn’t like how people call him that, but unfortunately for him, the moniker has stuck. Butter
is a big guy and has struggled with his weight for as long as he can remember. His only true friend is from a fat camp he attends each summer.
Butter feels like he leads a dual life. The life where he has witty online conversations with the girl of his dreams (only she doesn’t know he actually goes to her school – she thinks he is a kid at another school since he won’t post a picture of himself) and is a fantastic sax player. But his reality is complicated. He is the boy who needs a handicap parking space since he can’t walk the distance from the parking lot into school without being winded, the boy who needs an oversized seat in each classroom, the sarcastic guy who always has a quip for the band teacher who wants him for his talented sax playing ability. But Butter can’t see beyond his own weight for anything he might offer others or what they might offer him.
Butter makes a decision one night after reading something about him posted online. He is tired of carrying the weight, tired disappointing his mom, tired of his father who won’t talk to him, and tired of hiding who he is from the girl he wants to know in real life, not just online. So, he creates a website and states that on New Year’s Eve he will eat his last meal. It will be a meal so large it will kill him. He will air it live on his webcam.
So here is the question. Would you tell someone…or would you watch?
Recommended for students at the end of 8th grade and up.