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PLOT

A lonely obese teenager 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 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?

SYNOPSIS

Butter is a smart, funny high school junior who happens to weigh 423 pounds. His eating issues stem from multiple sources, but one day when the pressure becomes too much, he opens a website called Buttersfinalmeal.com. Here he invites his classmates to watch as he consumes his last meal on New Year's Eve, literally eating himself to death. The overwhelming positive reaction to his posting astonishes him, and he becomes an instant member of the in crowd. But even finding the friendship he craves doesn't help ease his internal pain. His mom still supplies him with high- calorie "comfort" foods; his dad still looks at him in disgust, and Anna, the most beautiful girl at school, won't give him a second glance. Playing his saxophone and spending time as his online alter ego, JP, a tall, athletic hunk who chats for hours online with Anna, provide the only real comforts in his life.


The story heads toward a frightening climax as Butter discovers that his newfound friends are just as cruel in their own way as those who abused him in the past. The ending leaves Butter realistically examining his options for the future. Myriad realistic characters feel responsible for his actions, the music teacher who tries repeatedly to reach him, his friend Tucker, who also battles extreme weight, and even Anna, who rejects him publicly as he serenades her with his saxophone. The audience will empathetically feel Butter’s pain as current, hot-button topics, cyberbullying, obesity, and teen suicide are addressed in a non-glamorous, compelling and realistic way.

Based on the Best Selling YA novel of the same name by Erin Jade Lange.