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.
Going through a weight loss struggles, I find that I am drawn to books with characters who also struggle with their weight. While reading E. J. Lange’s Butter I found that I was both sympathetic and annoyed at this character of Butter, an obese kid cruelly nicknamed by some bullies in his school. Butter is angry, he is defiant, and he seems like such a real character that I found myself looking online to
This book covers the gambit: bullying, cyber bullying, weight, personal responsibility and Erin’s writing is sharp and clear. She did not make Butter a victim; Erin also was not too preachy when it came to telling the stories of other students who were bullied in other ways.
I was not always sure that I liked the main character. Butter was not always easy to like; I wonder if I were angry at him for being unapologetic for his large size or his denial at his role in it. If my anger stemmed from him not taking care of himself and or if I saw too much of my own experience in his story. Whatever the case this was a good read that showed a different view of eating disorders from the unapologetic main character.
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