My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Butter weighs in at 423 pounds. His weight has ballooned to the point that he can’t even play his beloved saxophone for long without losing his breath. School is torture, and life is exhausting. One of the only things that he looks forward to is talking to Anna, the pretty blonde cheerleader from school who he chats with online… only she thinks he’s an athletic boy from another school, and she wants to meet – soon.
When the lists of the seniors “Most Likely To…” list is compiled for the year, Butter is listed as “Most Likely To Die From A Heart Attack.” Butter reacts by creating a website and inviting everyone to come see it go down in real time – if they think that little of him, the least he can do is give them a show. Butter announces that he will eat himself to death on New Year’s Eve.
The site get hits. Then comments. Suddenly, Butter is invited to sit with the jocks at school. Girls are talking to him – even Anna, who isn’t quite as interesting in real life as she is online. Suddenly invited to parties and riding around with friends, Butter isn’t drowning his sorrows in food anymore. In fact, he’s losing weight. 20 pounds fall off fairly quickly.
Life isn’t quite so unbearable anymore… until Butter realizes that his infamy has been won by promising to kill himself.