June 25, 2021

#BookReview: Eat Your Heart Out by @KdeVosAuthor






Synopsis: Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin' in this bitingly funny YA thriller about a kickass group of teens battling a ravenous group of zombies.

In the next few hours, one of three things will happen.

1--We'll be rescued (unlikely)

2--We'll freeze to death (maybe)

3--We'll be eaten by thin and athletic zombies (odds: excellent) 


Vivian Ellenshaw is fat, but she knows she doesn't need to lose weight, so she's none too happy to find herself forced into a weight-loss camp's van with her ex-best friend, Allie, a meathead jock who can barely drive, and the camp owner's snobby son. And when they arrive at Camp Featherlite at the start of the worst blizzard in the history of Flagstaff, Arizona, it's clear that something isn't right.

Vee barely has a chance to meet the other members of her pod, all who seem as unhappy to be at Featherlite as she does, when a camper goes missing down by the lake. Then she spots something horrifying outside in the snow. Something...that isn't human. Plus, the camp's supposed "miracle cure" for obesity just seems fishy, and Vee and her fellow campers know they don't need to be cured. Of anything.

Even worse, it's not long before Camp Featherlite's luxurious bungalows are totally overrun with zombies. What starts out as a mission to unravel the camp's secrets turns into a desperate fight for survival--and not all of the Featherlite campers will make it out alive. 

A satirical blend of horror, body positivity, and humor, Kelly deVos's witty, biting novel proves that everyone deserves to feel validated, and taking down the evil enterprise determined to dehumanize you is a good place to start.



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Rating: 4 Stars
My Review: This one is a solid four stars for me.  Although I loved the troupes and the humor there were parts that it was just overly done.  I wished it would have had a better balance with it all.  I think that if this is ever turned into a movie it will be kick butt amazing!!!! I did still enjoy it but I think that if it would have had a better balance it would have worked out so much more.  My fat girl heart loved the aspects of a group of fat kids having to deal with zombies.  If you are looking for a new book about over the top troupey fun then check this one out!! 







Review

*“deVos superbly blends humor and horror in this sharp-witted, high-stakes adventure that unpicks genre conventions and wades fearlessly into the dialogue surrounding fatphobia. A gory, no-holds-barred zombie story that manages to both celebrate and terrify.” Booklist, starred review 

“For fans who want horror with humor and a happy ending, Camp Featherlite might be the place for them.” —BCCB

“Heroic fat representation throughout. A fun romp with edge-of-your-seat twists and turns.” Kirkus Reviews

“A perfect blend of government conspiracies, relatable characters who develop beyond their initial stereotypes, and zombie-kicking action.” —SLJ


“Equal parts action-packed zombie adventure and searing critique of the toxic diet industry, Eat Your Heart Out is a fun, fast-paced, heart-pounding survival story full of complex characters you can’t help but root for. I couldn’t put it down!” —Meredith Tate, author of Shipped

“Meet your new favorite zombie story: Eat Your Heart Out is packed with nonstop thrills and chills, and a kickass leading lady you'd gladly follow into battle against the undead.” —Sarah Glenn Marsh, author of the Reign of the Fallen series 

“A thrilling joyride that delights in upending tropes and stars a girl with a heart of gold (and steel), Eat Your Heart Out is the zombie book you've been waiting for. Equal parts hilarity, mayhem, heartbreak, and biting wit, and filled with memorable characters to root for, this book is the perfect summer read.” —Kathleen Glasgow, New York Times bestselling author of Girl in Pieces and You'd Be Home Now

Eat Your Heart Out is a very humorous and satirical look at body positivity and diet culture…This is a book I would've loved to have when I was a teen…To have an entire book filled with large characters who use the positives of their bodies to their advantage, instead of being bullied and ridiculed is a welcomed breath of fresh air. Representation matters!” —Britney Young, actress from the hit show GLOW



About the Author

Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart, amazing teen daughter, and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a BA in creative writing from Arizona State University. When not reading or writing, Kelly can typically be found with a mocha in hand, bingeing the latest TV shows and adding to her ever-growing sticker collection. She is the author of FatGirl on a Plane, Day Zero, and Day One.
 
Visit Kelly online at KELLYDEVOS.COM









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