Best Book of September…

Today is Road Trip Wednesday 🙂 RTW is a ‘Blog Carnival,’ where YA Highway’s contributors post a weekly writing- or reading-related question and answer it on our own blogs. You can hop from destination to destination and get everybody’s unique take on the topic.

This week’s topic: What was the best book you read in September?

This month, I breathed, dreamed, smelled, ate my revisions. But I also read quite a lot of great books…

The wonderful books I read in September…

RULES OF ATTRACTION and CHAIN REACTION by Simone Elkeles were both very enjoyable even though I have to admit the first book in the series is my favorite.

IF I LIE by Corinne Jackson was heart-breaking, and I felt with many of the characters.

TEN by Gretchen McNeil takes on one of my favorite novels of Agatha Christie (and I´ve read a lot of her books when I was a teenager :-)) and she does it very well, building up the tension and creating a creepy setting.

And then there´s BUTTER…this book made me FEEL so much.

Summary by 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?

Disclaimerthere is one scene I COULD NOT read. Could. Not. Simply. Could. Not. It´s the scene which shows how Butter got his nickname. It wasn´t overly visual but it just made me feel so much and it was difficult because I almost had the feeling to be a by-stander when I was reading. It´s difficult

This book does an uncanny job at instilling the way Butter feels, and the way people are cheering for him to go through his plan. I´ve read that some readers have an issue identifying with Butter because why doesn´t he do something to lose weight? I didn´t have that question. For me, it´s clear Butter suffers not only from his body weight but that he has many unresolved issues and that he doesn´t have the tools to deal with them. Getting bigger for him isn´t something he likes, it´s something he does, it´s part of who he´s become. Bulimia is an illness. And Butter is sick.

Butter is so much more though. He´s talented, he has an attitude, he has dreams, he does have some friends, and he longs for many things, including popularity.

You wonder how it can go that far, but at the same time, you know it could. You get to know Butter, his family, the people surrounding him. And you want to tell him: “You´re not alone. Simply look around you.” You want to reach out to his classmates and tell them: “Open your eyes.” But then again, you have the insight of being in Butter’s mind, you know exactly what he’s going through. This book broke my heart as I was reading it.

Scary? Yes.

A book I would recommend? Definitely.

So, tell me what was your favorite book(s) of the month?

16 Comments

  1. Colin says:

    I’ve not heard of BUTTER before, and it sounds like a very daring book. Obesity is one of those topics that takes a great deal of sensitivity to handle–the kind of subject that only the likes of John Green dare to explore. And the idea that he would eat himself online is a little disturbing. But you know there are people who go to these kinds of extremes for attention, or a taste of some kind of popularity. I’m intrigued. Thanks for the heads-up, Elodie! 🙂

  2. katyupperman says:

    Damn! I *almsost* bought BUTTER the other day, but then I remembered my HUGE stack of TBR books and made the responsible decision to put it down. Regretting that now! The best book I’ve read lately was GONE GIRL, which I raved about today. 🙂

  3. zanne says:

    I just read TEN and I really liked it! It reminded me of the Christopher Pike books I loved reading when I was younger. I’d have to say the best book I read this month was GONE GIRL. It really kept me guessing–every time I thought I had it figured out, I was wrong!

    Sorry I haven’t commented on your blogs in so long! I always read them, just don’t have much time to comment. I especially like your Happy Friday posts. 🙂

  4. Rebecca B says:

    GONE GIRL was also my best read of the month–I read a lot of nonfiction to research a setting, so I was light on fiction.
    I want to read TEN!

  5. Juliana Haygert says:

    Love Simone Elkeles’ books! And I can’t wait to read If I Lie and Ten!
    I confess I’m not attracted to Butter though. Maybe I’m too scared to read it lol

  6. Jaime Morrow says:

    Oh, wow. The premise of BUTTER sounds fascinating and yet really tough to read (based on the issue). I might have to check that one out. I don’t tend to migrate toward issue books, which I need to work on. I’m ashamed of myself for how little I’ve actually read this month. I’m only halfway through THE NIGHT CIRCUS, which is the third book I’ve read this month. O.o Terrible. I read my first Sarah Dessen this month and it was really good, but I think THE NIGHT CIRCUS will end up being my book of the month. 🙂

  7. Rebekah says:

    I loved your description of BUTTER. I have had one other experience where a scene in a book was nearly impossible for me to get through. That experience drives me. I am absolutely going to read BUTTER.

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