Butter by Erin Jade Lange is a contemporary novel that’s sure to grab a reader’s attention. Books about bullying are always high interest reads in my classroom, and even though I haven’t brought a copy of Butter into my classroom yet, my students have been interested in reading it. I’ve started reading Butter and am enjoying it. I can already see its potential popularity in my classroom, but I wish the trailer was a little more involved. I wish the last 30 seconds or so of the trailer didn’t consist of blurbs. I’d love to know your opinion of the trailer!
Summary (From Goodreads): A lonely obese boy everyone calls “Butter” is about to make history. He is going to eat himself to death-live on the Internet-and everyone is invited to watch. When he first makes the announcement online to his classmates, Butter expects pity, insults, and possibly sheer indifference. What he gets are morbid cheerleaders rallying around his deadly plan. Yet as their dark encouragement grows, it begins to feel a lot like popularity. And that feels good. But what happens when Butter reaches his suicide deadline? Can he live with the fallout if he doesn’t go through with his plans? With a deft hand, E.J. Lange allows readers to identify with both the bullies and the bullied in this all-consuming look at one teen’s battle with himself.