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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 t 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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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 t 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.

30 review for Eat Your Heart Out

  1. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    I'm never going to have enough words to describe just how much it means to me to see badass fat girls on covers of books. ♥ I'm never going to have enough words to describe just how much it means to me to see badass fat girls on covers of books. ♥

  2. 5 out of 5

    rachel ☾

    look at this glorious cover with a fat girl front & centre 😍 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram look at this glorious cover with a fat girl front & centre 😍 Blog • Trigger Warning Database • Twitter • Instagram

  3. 4 out of 5

    h o l l i s

    This YA horror is pitched so perfectly. It really is like Shaun of the Dead meets DUMPLIN'. This mashup has both the conversations surrounding fatphobia and diet culture alongside the unlikely group of individuals, each fitting a specific movie archetype, having to battle zombies. How are fat camps still even a thing? Don't they belong in a museum with inflatable dart boards, Flowbeers, and Thigh Masters? I loved how the conversation around weight was done, I loved how much acceptance was in this This YA horror is pitched so perfectly. It really is like Shaun of the Dead meets DUMPLIN'. This mashup has both the conversations surrounding fatphobia and diet culture alongside the unlikely group of individuals, each fitting a specific movie archetype, having to battle zombies. How are fat camps still even a thing? Don't they belong in a museum with inflatable dart boards, Flowbeers, and Thigh Masters? I loved how the conversation around weight was done, I loved how much acceptance was in this story, and how despite being set at a fat-camp, and how this particular zombie apocalypse unfolds, it doesn't feel like a story about being fat. Even though it is. Hard to explain! Between the gorgeously colourful cover with a fat girl, unapologetically front and centre, and the satirical content that sadly doesn't feel far off from how fatness is dealt with in our own world, this is a read that we all need. Sure, we're sorta in out own apocalypse but this particular set-up is lightyears away from our own. I promise it won't stress you out! I'm not sure I would reread this, which is usually why I award four stars to books, but I just appreciate this so much. Was it perfect? No. While we get to know the characters enough to be invested, it is still a bit surface level, as we're thrown pretty much right into disaster mode. Think of the way Cloverfield unfolds. We sorta get to know our protagonists as they navigate their new reality but it's more about surviving than anything else. But this book did exactly what it set out to do and it still managed to have a few surprises along the way, too. Would recommend! ** I received an ARC from the publisher (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. ** --- This review can also be found at A Take From Two Cities.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    How are fat camps still even a thing? Don't they belong in a museum with inflatable dart boards, Flowbeers, and Thigh Masters? This book was a fun take on zombies while shining a light on the fatphobia in our society. I cannot say how happy I am to see more and more realistic MC's. Not everyone is a size 2 with perfect fitness. The fact that we're getting plus-sized MC's is a definite move in the right direction. Anyway this book is a take on fat camps and the people who run them. What starts off How are fat camps still even a thing? Don't they belong in a museum with inflatable dart boards, Flowbeers, and Thigh Masters? This book was a fun take on zombies while shining a light on the fatphobia in our society. I cannot say how happy I am to see more and more realistic MC's. Not everyone is a size 2 with perfect fitness. The fact that we're getting plus-sized MC's is a definite move in the right direction. Anyway this book is a take on fat camps and the people who run them. What starts off as a group of kids being sent away to lose weight turns into a fight for their lives as they learn that the camp has been testing a "miracle cure" on the campers with some very serious side effects - like turning into zombies. Our group of 6 band together to try to make it out but sadly, that's just now how horror scenarios work. I did like that we had a very eclectic group of people and we got each of their POV's. But while they all seemed different on the outside, I found that their inner monologues were very similar and there were times that I forgot who's POV I was in and had to go back to check. Maybe it was because there were so many and the chapters were super short? I don't know. But I wish we would have gotten to delve more into each character and learn more about them. Everything seemed very much on the surface - even being in their own heads. Then the ending came rather abruptly and there was little resolution, which I am not a fan of. I want to know what happens next! We get very little of that and it's mostly thrown together, like here is your ending! Overall, this was fun. I enjoyed the humor mixing with the horror visuals. I also liked that the author didn't feel the need to save everyone - which a lot do and is extremely unrealistic in this type of setting. But in all honesty, it was the author's note at the very beginning of the book that got me. Society needs to change how we view and treat people of different sizes. Fatshaming needs to stop. Period.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Erin A. Craig

    This was clever and endlessly fun. I snort laughed several times!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Katie.dorny

    A fun time about body positivity and running from zombies. The audiobook was pretty fucking good too as I know for a FACT I’d never pick this up physically. When Vivian and her ex best friend are both shipped to a fat camp for Christmas to lose weight when neither want to; they quickly realise things are very wrong and something is amiss with their fellow campers. Queue running from zombies and the allocation of horror movie endings for our group of characters. This had multiple POV's which made i A fun time about body positivity and running from zombies. The audiobook was pretty fucking good too as I know for a FACT I’d never pick this up physically. When Vivian and her ex best friend are both shipped to a fat camp for Christmas to lose weight when neither want to; they quickly realise things are very wrong and something is amiss with their fellow campers. Queue running from zombies and the allocation of horror movie endings for our group of characters. This had multiple POV's which made it a little hard to follow sometimes listening to the audiobook. Other than that this had a lot of body positivity and slammed dunked any stupid myths peddled by people about what overweight people can or cannot do. The plot was fun and didn't rely you to pay attention too hard. Other than that, the characters were typical two dimensional for a ya book but the romance really really wasn't necessary to advance this story.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Starr ❇✌❇

    I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: fatphobia, mentioned cheating, implied abuse 3.3 Fat camp- a place that's hard to imagine still exists, and the place where Vivian Ellenshaw is heading. Stuck in a place that thinks there's something wrong with her, and that insists on trying to feed her and the rest of her "pod" something that should hardly qualify as food, not to mention stuck there with her former best friend, it's hard to imagine things can get worse. But they do. Because not only does s I received an ARC from Edelweiss TW: fatphobia, mentioned cheating, implied abuse 3.3 Fat camp- a place that's hard to imagine still exists, and the place where Vivian Ellenshaw is heading. Stuck in a place that thinks there's something wrong with her, and that insists on trying to feed her and the rest of her "pod" something that should hardly qualify as food, not to mention stuck there with her former best friend, it's hard to imagine things can get worse. But they do. Because not only does she and her fellow campers have to survive fat camp, but they have to survive the zombies fat camp is creating. With nothing but horror movie tropes to help them, can they all make it out alive? This seemed like a really amazing book from concept alone, and then the cover really sold me, so I was ready to have a lot of fun with this book. Unfortunately it didn't work as well as I was hoping it would. I do really like the concept, and the fact that it's a horror satire. It does keep up that sort of tongue and cheek feeling throughout,-even when I think I would have preferred it get a little more serious, but it does deliver. I am, personally, a big fan of things like conversion camp media (when done well), so fat camp fits into that general area well enough for me, and I'm also a big fan of horror about the marginalized experience, so this really did seem incredibly up my alley. And in some ways it does work and hit those marks, just not as often as I would have wanted. There's a nice varied cast with very different backgrounds and very different reasons for being there, which kept things interesting. I do like how the POV changes enough to always have someone in the dark, and the ability to be in so many very different people's heads. With the satire side of things, there are some nice moments where the aesthetic gets zoomed in on as being more important than the actual use, which works really well as a film based satire and as a conversation on forcing healthy people to "look better" by having them lose weight. However, coming back to the premise, I feel like theme and satire didn't really get the focus. Much of this book is just action, which I'm absolutely sure some people are going to love, but felt really surface level and less interesting for me. For one thing, this is a book about fat camp, and I was excited to have some real motivations here about weight and forcing people to change, but beyond the very obvious it never goes in to talking about any of it. Including, the fact that only 2 of the 5 main characters were actually forced to go there. Combine that with the fact that we get almost zero actual time with them being part of the camp and it's like the fat camp could be any setting and it would change almost nothing about it. And as varied as the characters are, it feels as if those backgrounds- that are so distant to the fat camp premise- are their entire character. They never have room to be fleshed out into having full personalities. The closest we get to being 3-dimensional is Vee, who spends most of her time being The Main Character and mostly all we get of her specific details and traits plays directly into that. I was hoping with the addition of the trope character labels that they were being assigned, and the discussion for how they fit and how they don't, that we'd get an exploration for how these boxes don't actually work. But we don't. They are just their tropes. There's nothing subverted. There's nothing more interesting than an actual run of the mill horror movie. Even when the tropes are being questioned by a character there is no deconstruction or invitation for layers, only a determination to make that person fit better into a box. I really just feel that there was a missed opportunity to make this thing have more meaning. The romance also felt no better than a run of the mill horror- or, maybe, a little worse. This is one of those situations where there's zero reason for romance to be on anyone's minds and zero time for it to blossom or get the reader invested. It happens because romance arcs are supposed to happen in these things. Not to mention that the romance we're given involves an older authority figure. I know he's not much older, but he is literally supposed to be taking care of her and the other teens, and is a legal adult where she is not. Even if there was a good build up and actual chemistry between them I wouldn't be happy with this romance. This book is a quick read with a lot of interesting ideas. If you enjoy a lot of action and rooting for strong main characters taking charge then you'll probably like this one. Pre-review comments below Angry teens dealing with being forced into fat camp and a massive blizzard and zombies?? I'm so glad I got an ARC of this I'm vibrating

  8. 5 out of 5

    Julie - One Book More

    A YA zombie novel with great characters and an exciting, fast-paced plot, Eat Your Heart Out is the perfect mix of action, horror, humor, and touching moments. Satirical, ironic, suspenseful, and scientifically scary, the novel has a fantastic cast of characters, especially Vivian. She is strong and funny and vibrant, and she is unapologetic. Though her mother sent her to fat camp, Vee knows there is nothing wrong with how she looks, and she does not feel shamed by her appearance even though she A YA zombie novel with great characters and an exciting, fast-paced plot, Eat Your Heart Out is the perfect mix of action, horror, humor, and touching moments. Satirical, ironic, suspenseful, and scientifically scary, the novel has a fantastic cast of characters, especially Vivian. She is strong and funny and vibrant, and she is unapologetic. Though her mother sent her to fat camp, Vee knows there is nothing wrong with how she looks, and she does not feel shamed by her appearance even though she lives in a society (and household) that constantly pushes the idea that thinner is better. She is a young woman who takes action and knows how to lead, and I enjoyed her confident, take-charge attitude. The other characters are also interesting, and they have distinct personalities. Each character is an archetype typical of the horror genre, and I love the humorous way the author integrates these stereotypes into the novel. Action Girl, The Nerd, The Jerk, The Courageous Captain, The Outcast, and The Basketcase are all at the camp for different reasons, and when put into a pod together, they become each other’s lifelines. Interestingly, they are all very much like their labels. I like that the chapters alternated between all of the major characters’ points of view, as you get a well-rounded view of what’s happening. You also learn the thoughts and feelings of each of these characters, which made me more invested in each person. The story has a campy slasher/zombie movie feel to it while also offering some really interesting and powerful messages about diet culture and fatphobia. I thought this was really well done. Our society is so fixated on weight and what bodies look like, and the damaging effects of pushing those beliefs onto kids are highlighted throughout the text. I’ve been fat-shamed throughout my life, and it has had such a negative impact on my self-esteem and self-worth, especially when the shaming and derogatory remarks come from family. This book stresses the point that you don’t have to be thin to be healthy and feel good about yourself. It also encourages self-acceptance and support of others. As the story progressed and more was revealed about the origins of the zombie outbreak, the novel also made me start to wonder who the real monsters were. Sometimes the monsters lurk behind the faces we know best, and sometimes society as a whole can be monstrous. The zombies weren’t the only horrific monsters in the book, that’s for sure. The story includes a ton of action and some heart-stopping scenes, especially since these are not your typical slow-moving zombies. They are fast, nimble, extra strong, and ferocious, and they are relentless in their pursuit of food. They remind me of the zombies in World War Z. – fast, frightening, relentless, and vicious. As the plot progresses, there are also some major revelations about the fat camp and how it relates to the zombie outbreak, which I thought was really interesting. On top of that, there’s a massive snowstorm in an area that doesn’t usually get blizzard-like conditions, and several characters with major secrets, which only adds to the suspenseful intensity of the story. A funny, immersive, and suspenseful horror story, Eat Your Heart Out is described as a cross between Shaun of the Dead and Dumplin’, which sums it up perfectly. I enjoyed the story and am so thankful to Turn the Page Tours, Kelly deVos, and Razorbill for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    "six disgruntled teens forced to spend two weeks at fat camp during the worst blizzard in a century, only to find that camp is even worse than they expected because it's crawling with zombies" I can't wait to see this cover I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED "six disgruntled teens forced to spend two weeks at fat camp during the worst blizzard in a century, only to find that camp is even worse than they expected because it's crawling with zombies" I can't wait to see this cover I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED

  10. 5 out of 5

    Booktastically Amazing

    Great premise, lacking resolution. I lost a part of me that I don't know if I can regain. And it hurts; not in a good way. the writing sent me to an early grave i would write a rant solely dedicated to 'what was that, was that a real edited book' Great premise, lacking resolution. I lost a part of me that I don't know if I can regain. And it hurts; not in a good way. the writing sent me to an early grave i would write a rant solely dedicated to 'what was that, was that a real edited book'

  11. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Glenn Marsh

    "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." This was just my kind of book! Wonderful, much-needed fat rep and taut pacing. Loved every page! "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." This was just my kind of book! Wonderful, much-needed fat rep and taut pacing. Loved every page!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Vanessa

    A group of teens being forced to spend the summer at a weight-loss camp know it's going to be an awful place, but when they arrive to find the camp in the middle of a zombie takeover, they realize their time at Camp Feather-lite is going to be even more of a horror movie than they originally thought. Vee is a teen girl who knows she doesn't need to be "fixed", but that doesn't stop her parents from sending her to the horrible Camp Feather-lite anyway. To make matters worse, her former best frien A group of teens being forced to spend the summer at a weight-loss camp know it's going to be an awful place, but when they arrive to find the camp in the middle of a zombie takeover, they realize their time at Camp Feather-lite is going to be even more of a horror movie than they originally thought. Vee is a teen girl who knows she doesn't need to be "fixed", but that doesn't stop her parents from sending her to the horrible Camp Feather-lite anyway. To make matters worse, her former best friend Allie ends up in her group, and they're joined by a cast of characters who Allie immediately recognizes as the horror movie tropes they are: The Jerk (the son of the camp's owner), The Nerd (an electronics and hacker extraordinaire), The Outcast (a quiet girl keeping a big secret), and their driver and group facilitator, The Jock with the Heart of Gold, or maybe the Courageous Captain, Allie can't decide. Either way, if they want to survive Camp-Featherlite, they're in for a long night of fighting against evil of multiple kinds. This book is a zombie story, but the real villain at play is the fatphobia that forced these teens into a camp designed to make them lose weight in the first place. The book highlights the harm caused by a society that tells people there is something wrong with them when there isn't. There is so much to love about this book, I personally enjoyed the distinct characters and all their individual personalities and strengths and weaknesses, the campy, over-the-top zombie flick vibes, and the really important social commentary. I had so much fun staying up late to finish it, and highly recommend it!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Clever Reader}

    This book was so fun! It has a great cast of characters and a fast-paced adventurous plotline. I am pretty sure this was the first book I ever read that had zombies in it and it was intense. I thought the concept was well developed and scarily realistic in some ways. Society has put us all under a spotlight when it comes to weight and if you search for weight loss programs you will find way too many to count. Why not use that to some sick scientists advantage by creating something as simple as a This book was so fun! It has a great cast of characters and a fast-paced adventurous plotline. I am pretty sure this was the first book I ever read that had zombies in it and it was intense. I thought the concept was well developed and scarily realistic in some ways. Society has put us all under a spotlight when it comes to weight and if you search for weight loss programs you will find way too many to count. Why not use that to some sick scientists advantage by creating something as simple as a weight loss bar to experiment on unsuspected individuals. Now those individuals are zombies running all over the camp. I can guarantee you will not want to put this one down once you start it. The audiobook is great too with a whole cast of characters to make your experience even more enjoyable! I definitely recommend it!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jeimy

    Such a great book...Until it fizzled out in the end. I was super excited when I was given a digital ARC of this book. I devoured it like the infected humans in this book ate everything in its path and then it ended and it was as if a balloon of joy deflated in my heart. Usually, I would not give a book with a disappointing ending more than two stars, but (if you can suspend disbelief) the book was so great until the end, that it would be a disservice to give it a lower rating.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristi Housman Confessions of a YA Reader

    RTC for blog tour. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my earc.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    My rating: 🧟🧟🧟🧟/🧟🧟🧟🧟🧟 Give me a zombie game, movie, tv-show, or book and I will show you what it means to be happy. Think a six-year-old on Christmas morning, but all the time. When I first heard about this book, I knew it was for me. The cover alone is enough to make any horror fan go nuts. Do I want to see this made into a movie? Yes. Will I fund it? Probably yes. What do you get when you mix a fat camp with genetically altered weight loss bars that turn people into mindless husks? You get EAT Y My rating: 🧟🧟🧟🧟/🧟🧟🧟🧟🧟 Give me a zombie game, movie, tv-show, or book and I will show you what it means to be happy. Think a six-year-old on Christmas morning, but all the time. When I first heard about this book, I knew it was for me. The cover alone is enough to make any horror fan go nuts. Do I want to see this made into a movie? Yes. Will I fund it? Probably yes. What do you get when you mix a fat camp with genetically altered weight loss bars that turn people into mindless husks? You get EAT YOUR HEART OUT. Not only do we get plus-sized heroes, but we also get fat acceptance, and that even during a zombie apocalypse you are accepted for who you are. The little references about being large but healthy and beautiful made me smile. We do follow quite a few POVs in this book, but the chapters are quick and witty, and wonderful. I have o say my favorite is Allison and Steve who really got my respect for his protectiveness of Rachel. Allison, a budding filmmaker puts every person in her circle into a movie archetype I.E the Final Girl, The Jock, The Nerd, etc and they all seem to fall into their labels while all being unique in their own ways. The message around fatphobia and diet culture is very much a big theme in this story, but it doesn't overshadow the action if that makes any sense. it stresses that no matter what you look like, you deserve love and acceptance. Our society is so obsessed with what we do with our bodies that we forget to really love ourselves for who we are. Overall, I had a blast reading this book. Solid plot and interesting characters rounded out a quick read perfect for those looking for a funny thrill to cut through your epic fantasy and romance reads.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Kristi

    Eat Your Heart Out (EYHO) is both satirical in nature yet oddly sad and realistic. When I first started it, I thought it would be completely comedic but as I read along, I was surprised when it began to hit me in my feels. There’s legitimate body shaming/fatphobic culture represented and discussed in EYHO and the negative effect it has on the spirit but when you meet Vivian, a strong willed ‘Fat Girl’ it’s like a breath of fresh air. Vivian. Loves. Herself. Period. I loved this message and the i Eat Your Heart Out (EYHO) is both satirical in nature yet oddly sad and realistic. When I first started it, I thought it would be completely comedic but as I read along, I was surprised when it began to hit me in my feels. There’s legitimate body shaming/fatphobic culture represented and discussed in EYHO and the negative effect it has on the spirit but when you meet Vivian, a strong willed ‘Fat Girl’ it’s like a breath of fresh air. Vivian. Loves. Herself. Period. I loved this message and the impact she had on others. When Vivian’s high society mother decides to send her to a high dollar fat camp, things couldn’t go more wrong. First off, her ex-best friend Allison is on the bus and second, a bizarre blizzard is hitting Flagstaff. After a series of unfortunate events, all of which Vivian is suspicious of, things take a downward turn and before you know it, the campers are fighting for their lives against a zombie coup. I loved that the author took specific slasher movie traits and assigned them to the characters! Action Girl, The Basket Case, The Courageous Captain, The Jock, The Jerk, The Nerd, and The Outcast and gave each an odds of survival! This brings me to the characters! I loved Vivian and Allie but each character brings something to the story that is meaningful and relevant. There were some periods of confusion – on my part – because there’s a lot of character POV and keeping up in the beginning was difficult so I had to reflect back a bit but as the story got moving, each voice became distinctive and memorable. I really enjoyed this story and the message it sends plus ZOMBIES and evil scientists! I love badass characters but I love when there’s redemption of a character that I initially don’t like. Each character is so uniquely touching and at risk of being a bit spoilerish, they don’t all make it and this crushed my soul. Highly recommend this to any fan of the genre! TW/CW: Death, Gore, Teen Pregnancy, Fat Shaming, Slurs

  18. 5 out of 5

    Iza

    (arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review) Eat Your Heart Out is a summer camp thriller that is exactly what it says it is— in this Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin' tale, a group of unlikely characters split into B-list horror archetypes have to band together and survive the zombie apocalypse when they realize no one is coming to save them. The main girl, Vivian, loves herself the way she is and knows she doesn't need to be fixed, but her mom and new step-dad send her to Ca (arc provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review) Eat Your Heart Out is a summer camp thriller that is exactly what it says it is— in this Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin' tale, a group of unlikely characters split into B-list horror archetypes have to band together and survive the zombie apocalypse when they realize no one is coming to save them. The main girl, Vivian, loves herself the way she is and knows she doesn't need to be fixed, but her mom and new step-dad send her to Camp Featherlite anyways. On the way to fat camp, her ex-best friend being on the same bus as her is the least of her problems when their first days go from bad to lethal. Vivian as Action Girl and Allie as The Basket Case are joined by The Jerk (the son of the camp's founder), The Nerd (a hacker with a secret), The Outcast (a quiet girl with an even bigger secret), and their pod's Facilitator, who might either be the Courageous Captain or the Jock with a Heart of Gold. It's up to them to see if they can fight against their pre-assigned survival chances, or if Featherlite's disastrous fatphobia will cut their lives short. I was expecting this to be humorous and ridiculous, but Eat Your Heart Out was more focused on conversations about fatphobia and diet culture among violent action scenes, which I thought were all done pretty well. The satire is less funny and tongue-in-cheek than scarily plausible given how fat bodies are treated in society, so this wasn't quite the horror-comedy I was expecting, but I still liked it all the same! My favorite character was definitely Vee, because who doesn't love an awesome final girl? However, this was an instance where I think Action Girl could do without a romance because I felt no draw between her and her love interest. I would even say it came out of nowhere because what I think might have been flirting in the beginning, pre-life or death situations, came off as teasing and Vee taking out her annoyance at being there on her LI. I would love to see Eat Your Heart Out developed as a movie because it fell somewhat short on some areas for me as a book. It leaned a little too hard into the slasher film campiness, and I would have loved to see more focus on the satire and theme. I felt there wasn't enough time spent in the camp since the setting could have probably changed without much issue, editing, or impact, and the fact that only two of the five campers were sent there against their will seems to work against the message. Their archetypes also seem to be their entire personality, except for Vee, who we get a bit more time and development with as the Resourceful Heroine. I expected some subversion of these tropes given the theme, and of course, there's no problem with not subverting tropes, but this is one of the reasons why I think Eat Your Heart Out would be a great movie instead. I could perfectly envision the scenes, which was part of why I enjoyed this book so much, and really enjoyed the descriptions. If any producer or scriptwriter is out there reading this, get cracking! With the POV switches keeping characters in the dark and the high-stakes action, this was a very fun read perfect for summer (which I will argue is the best time for horror)! As long as you go into it for the campy read it is, you're sure to have as great of a time as I did, and I would definitely recommend this book! ❧ 3.5 ★

  19. 5 out of 5

    Mehsi

    I received this book from the publisher/blog tour in exchange of an honest review. I have been trying to write a review for DAYS now. It is now the 9th and I finished this book on the 4th. So I am just going to make a good/not so good review, though for most it will just be good. Because I really LOVED this book and that is why I just don’t know words any more. Haha. GOOD 😍: How it combines something serious like fatphobia and dieting along with flesh-eating monsters (I wouldn’t call them zombies). I received this book from the publisher/blog tour in exchange of an honest review. I have been trying to write a review for DAYS now. It is now the 9th and I finished this book on the 4th. So I am just going to make a good/not so good review, though for most it will just be good. Because I really LOVED this book and that is why I just don’t know words any more. Haha. GOOD 😍: How it combines something serious like fatphobia and dieting along with flesh-eating monsters (I wouldn’t call them zombies). Even later in the book we read about bodies, health, being bigger, and more. 😍: Love that we get a POV from all the characters. Of course, Vee was my favourite, good lord that girl kicks some serious butt! She was already pretty tough, but with the monsters around she just levelled up some more, just like a super saiyan. The characters were so great and I frankly don’t have anyone that I wasn’t a fan of. In fact, I was just rooting for all of them and looked forward to each of the POVs. I wanted to know if all of them would survive. 😍: Which brings me to this, don’t get attached. The author isn’t shy to kill off people and while I am sad, I am also happy with that because it would just be unrealistic if this group of teens would all magically survive. I don’t consider it a spoiler. Hello???? Monster apocalypse??? Dangerous flesh eating monsters that happily throw couches at you??? People are bound to die. However, I was so attached that I forgot that people could die. Yes, I am still sad. 😍: I love the tropes that get attached to the characters by Allison. From the basketcase to the nerd to the action girl, each one of the characters had something stuck on them and it was interesting to see things change. Because sometimes you change from one trope to another, but do you want that? 😍: Loved seeing everyone’s motives for being at fatcamp. Not everyone is there to lose weight, oh no. 😍: This is a camp, but it isn’t a summer one! I have read many books about camp but almost all took place during summer, maybe spring. I haven’t read a book featuring a camp in the winter. So that was exciting, especially with the whole blizzard. 😍: The bars that changed people. Well, boy, I wouldn’t have touched those at all. One, because I got a crap-ton of allergies and I need to know specifically what is in there. But also, hello, the way those bars were described made me go NOPE. I am glad that our group was smart. Was happy our group first wanted answers. 😍: The zombies, um, sorry, flesh-eating monsters. I was first a bit hesitant to read this book given we are in a pandemic and I am not that much into zombies for some magical reason. So I am happy when they turned out not to be truly zombies. I don’t really see it as a spoiler given that this is pretty much shown quite early on. There were just too many hints that these monsters were not zombies. As soon as I knew that I relaxed. Well, as much as one can relax with scary monsters lurking around. 😍: There was so much action. And I love it! The characters are very creative with dispatching the monsters. 😍: What we learn about the monsters! That was so interesting and I am happy the author gave us plenty of information, introduced us to what makes the monsters tick, and more! 😍: It was at times soooo scary and that was great. I was definitely terrified at times. 😍: The cover! It is so Vee! 😍: How this book made me scream in fear, cry, cheer, root, and all the others. It was definitely a book that made me feel all the things. Not so good: 😕: The ending felt really rushed and I have so many questions still. I would have loved an epilogue. Would love to see some more happening. Now it just felt incomplete and I want more. 😕: The constant self-blaming. I get that one will have guilty feelings. Given their reasons to be at the camp and how that affects people. But after like many pages of it I was done with it. Stop your self-wallowing and get back to things. Again, I don’t mind a few pages, but this was a constant thing. OH no, if I hadn’t done x, that person would be alive. Oh no, if I did y, then this may not have happened and so on. As you can see mostly positive! I had tons and tons of fun reading this book and I flew through it. I just had to know what would happen next! I would highly recommend this one to all! Review first posted at https://twirlingbookprincess.com/

  20. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    My rating: 2.5/5 stars This was unlike any book I have ever read. I strongly considered dnfing this multiple times but ultimately I stuck with it because the plot was so compelling. But the characters, man, the characters. I understand the need for well-rounded, imperfect characters. But these 6? They annoyed the ever living hell out of me with every turn. Even the ones I was supposed to like. As a very character driven reader this was really hard to deal with. Each of them had a separate complica My rating: 2.5/5 stars This was unlike any book I have ever read. I strongly considered dnfing this multiple times but ultimately I stuck with it because the plot was so compelling. But the characters, man, the characters. I understand the need for well-rounded, imperfect characters. But these 6? They annoyed the ever living hell out of me with every turn. Even the ones I was supposed to like. As a very character driven reader this was really hard to deal with. Each of them had a separate complicated backstory, which is great, but when there is 6 characters and a zombie apocalypse to keep up with, it can be a lot. Our cast includes such amazing players as Vivian “I don’t follow the rules” Ellenshaw, Sheldon “computer nerd’ Smentkowski, Steve “I have four sisters” Miller, Allison “has a film star sister” DuMonde. The only character I sort of liked was Rachel, and by the end she was seriously annoying me too. We got six glorious different points of view and all of them were told from first person, which was as confusing as you can imagine. Only a page or two into the chapter I would forget who was narrating and have to go back and see. Maybe this was because I was reading on my kindle, because the chapter breaks were not formatted great, but it was incredibly confusing. This also made the romance incredibly uncompelling. Because we have so many characters to keep up with, we can only spend so much time in each. Which was why, for me, the romance seemed to come out of absolutely nowhere. It was cute, and I can say I ship the characters at least a bit, but there was absolutely zero build up at all. Alright, let’s talk about some things I liked. The imagery was so vivid I felt like I was at Camp Featherlite, facing down zombies. The scientific aspect behind the zombifying of the characters was also super cool, and I loved the way the campers discover it piece by piece and put it together. I’ve never read a zombie book before, but after this I can say I would read one again. The social commentary about fatphobia was definitely present and absolutely amazing. This book made so many points I had never thought about before, and it definitely was very important to read them. The plot was entertaining, and the action was almost nonstop, which definitely saved me from dnfing it. All in all, it was okay, but not great.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Teen for an arc of this book. Content warnings at end of review. When Vivi is sent to a fat camp over winter break, she discovers even more problems with it than the obvious fatphobia--the weight-loss bars they are giving the campers have...dire side-effects. On top of that, it's the worst snow storm Arizona has seen, and the power at camp is out. Mix that with the other members of her pod--her ex-best friend, a rich jerk, a geek, and a pregnant girl. At least th Thank you to Netgalley and Penguin Teen for an arc of this book. Content warnings at end of review. When Vivi is sent to a fat camp over winter break, she discovers even more problems with it than the obvious fatphobia--the weight-loss bars they are giving the campers have...dire side-effects. On top of that, it's the worst snow storm Arizona has seen, and the power at camp is out. Mix that with the other members of her pod--her ex-best friend, a rich jerk, a geek, and a pregnant girl. At least there's the hot pod facilitator. All of these factors combine for a harrowing winter vacation. This book was delightful! I didn't know a lot of what to expect going in, but was super excited for a fat MC kicking some zombie butt. I was absolutely not disappointed on that front, but also got excellent character growth and insight, 6 excellent pov's, hilarious jokes and commentary, and all the gore and horror! I thought this was going to be completely humor and not at all horror, but I was wrong. This legitimately scared me at times and kept me up way past my bedtime! I was pleasantly surprised! Pub date: June 29, 2021 Content Warnings Graphic: Fatphobia, Gore, Death, Body shaming, Body horror, and Pregnancy

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rachael

    Bestiessssss! I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Eat Your Heart Out by @kellydevos thanks to @PenguinTeen! @ChelseaReads_ and I had the best time buddy reading this together! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Book: Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos Publisher: @RazorBillBooks Release Date: 6.29.21 Genre: YA Horror/Comedy “If I’m going out, I’m going out swinging!” This satirical blend of zombie horror, body positivity, and comedy was so good for my soul. It was nice reading about a fat mai Bestiessssss! I had the pleasure of reading an advanced copy of Eat Your Heart Out by @kellydevos thanks to @PenguinTeen! @ChelseaReads_ and I had the best time buddy reading this together! :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Book: Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos Publisher: @RazorBillBooks Release Date: 6.29.21 Genre: YA Horror/Comedy “If I’m going out, I’m going out swinging!” This satirical blend of zombie horror, body positivity, and comedy was so good for my soul. It was nice reading about a fat main character without the fatphobia that typically comes with it. Yes they were at fat camp, but none of the squad members questioned V’s role as action girl and quite frankly, she kicked some MAJOR ASS with that canoe paddle. Peep the damn cover! The rest of this messy crew were incredibly likable and I was rooting for all of them to succeed in their fight for survival! The ending was a bit abrupt for me as an adult reader, but I think my 14 year old self would have just been all about it!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Frank Chillura (OhYouRead)

    This was not my fave. Normally I love Zombie books, but this was thoroughly forgettable. I listened to the audio and the best part was Michael Crouch as one of the audio actors.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    *Spoiler free* A book about a fat girl being badass. That was pretty much all I needed to be completely on board for this book. But, this book was about a fat girl who got sent to fat camp, and is not being badass fighting zombies. Heck yeah, that sounded like a book I wanted to read! Trigger warnings: fatphobia, gore, blood This book is batshit, balls to the walls nuts. It was so not what I was expecting and I'm trying to see if I mean that in negative or positive way. Going into this book, I thou *Spoiler free* A book about a fat girl being badass. That was pretty much all I needed to be completely on board for this book. But, this book was about a fat girl who got sent to fat camp, and is not being badass fighting zombies. Heck yeah, that sounded like a book I wanted to read! Trigger warnings: fatphobia, gore, blood This book is batshit, balls to the walls nuts. It was so not what I was expecting and I'm trying to see if I mean that in negative or positive way. Going into this book, I thought it was going to only focus and be told from Vivian's point of view. But, there is actually six POVs! I enjoyed most of the stories of all the characters, but it created a very, very chaotic overall storyline. There were positives to these POVs. It made me want to race through this book, because it seemed like things were happening back to back to back. The dramatics are high, as are the stakes. It gets intense, and all these POVs only heighten this. Though, on the negative side, there is so much going on at the same. I felt like certain themes were picked up, and then dropped. Or randomly pop up, only to drop off into the background later. I would have liked for certain things, such as Rachel's relationship with religion or Vivian's relationship with her stepdad, to have a thread throughout the entire story. But, they seemed to only pop in here and there. And because there is so much happening all the time, even from the beginning, there are so many names to keep track of. On top of this, sometimes last names are used, sometimes they are. Nicknames too! Then, there were so many relationships to keep track of. Because there are so many, there were some that felt like they happened so fast. Even with the heightened emotions of the experience, the romance especially seemed like it kind of came out of nowhere. I think the book would have even benefitted with no romance subplot. Vivian's storyline, I think, would have been a lot stronger and her actions at the end would have spoken to her character a lot more, which would have been cool. The zombies of this book were really, really well done. I loved the lore behind them, and I thought the science to their creation was really smart. I know there have been so many different kinds of zombies done, but these felt so original! Another thing I enjoyed was that this book was filled with fat characters being badass. Not in spite of them being fat, just because they could be badass. Yes, they are at a fat camp, but that gets turned out its head very quickly. I think Vivian's relationship with her body could have been fleshed out just slightly more, but overall, I really, really loved how this book depicted fatness. One of the things that this book did really well was depict teens reacting to a zombie outbreak realistically. They're freaked out. They want adults. They get hurt, and scream, and freak out. They throw together plans and things catch on fire. This book gets absolutely wild and it does not hold back. Really, I'm trying to decide if I liked the nutsness of this book. It created a book that was completely nuts, but I felt like there were things that could benefitted from a plotline that was a bit less nuts. Overall, I thought this book was really good! There were just a few things I didn't completely fall in love with.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Paige Green

    Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Eat Your Heart Out Author: Kelly deVos Book Series: Standalone for now Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: horror, young adults, zombies Genre: YA Horror Publication Date: June 29, 2021 Publisher: Razorbill Pages: 352 Recommended Age: 14+ (Fat phobia and fat remarks, Language, Teen pregnancy, Weight discussed, Violence, Gore, Death) Explanation of CWs: Fatphobic remarks made by a main character to another main characte Disclaimer: I received this e-arc from the publisher. Thanks! All opinions are my own. Book: Eat Your Heart Out Author: Kelly deVos Book Series: Standalone for now Rating: 5/5 Recommended For...: horror, young adults, zombies Genre: YA Horror Publication Date: June 29, 2021 Publisher: Razorbill Pages: 352 Recommended Age: 14+ (Fat phobia and fat remarks, Language, Teen pregnancy, Weight discussed, Violence, Gore, Death) Explanation of CWs: Fatphobic remarks made by a main character to another main character and remarks remembered by a stepfather. Some cursing. A main character experiences teen pregnancy and birth. Weight is discussed, so please be safe if that's a trigger. Synopsis: 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. Review: I really loved this book! I felt very connected with Vivian because we're both fat females and I loved how badass she was and how well developed she became. I loved the horror inspo of this book and I loved the writing. I also loved the way the book used multiple POVs. However, I do feel like that the book left a lot of room for a second book and I BETTER GET ONE BECAUSE I REFUSE TO BELIEVE that two characters who I can't name ARE DEAD. RULE NUMBER 3 OF THE HORROR FILMS: IF THEY DO NOT APPEAR DEAD AND DISMEMBERED IN ONE SHOT THEN THEY AIN'T DEAD. NOT DEAD! Need book 2. On a serious note I also thought the world building could have been better and the multiple povs, while great, was confusing a lot of the time. There also was some body positive messages in the beginning and a little at the end, but for the most part it was non-existent in the middle. Verdict: It was great!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    I received an eARC from Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. This is definitely a solid read, but just missed the mark for me. I like that this was written as a satire. You get the sarcasm and humor as you read, which I thought was a refreshing format, but I do wish there had been more focus on the theme. TW/CW: Fatphobia, dieting, hints at abuse, death Vivian Ellenshaw is forced to go to a fat camp by her mom and stepdad. When she enters the camp’s transportation I received an eARC from Penguin Teen in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own. This is definitely a solid read, but just missed the mark for me. I like that this was written as a satire. You get the sarcasm and humor as you read, which I thought was a refreshing format, but I do wish there had been more focus on the theme. TW/CW: Fatphobia, dieting, hints at abuse, death Vivian Ellenshaw is forced to go to a fat camp by her mom and stepdad. When she enters the camp’s transportation, she finds her ex-best friend, Allie, is there as well. The driver is a jock, and the last passenger is the camp owner’s son. On their way to Camp Featherlite, a blizzard hits and something seems off. There is something traveling in the snow that seems human, but not quite. When they reach the camp, the find out about the new weight loss “cure” that seems too good to be true. Soon the camp is filled with fit zombies and it will take everything for the campers to survive. I haven’t read any zombie books, at least not in a long time, but I do love a good zombie movie. I thought that the inclusion of horror elements was a fun addition. One of the characters is really into movies as well, so there was a lot of narrative around the elements within horror films. I appreciate what this book is meant to do. There are conversations around dieting and fatphobia, but I felt like it just was surface level. The characters get thrown into a battle for their lives and need to fight their way against fit zombies and out of Camp Featherlite. This is what stole the show in my opinion. This releases tomorrow and I would still recommend it to people who love a good zombie themed anything. Although the conversations could have been deeper (IMO), I do still think that the message came across and was a good read.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ariel

    This BOOK! It beautifully blended together the heavier topics of fatphobia and dieting with the humor of zombie fighting. All my zombie-hunter friends need to read this one! Lemme just start with the amazing humor in this book. It is satirical and sarcastic and absolutely hilarious. I feel like this is the humor for the Gen-Z people out there. At first, I was nervous the humor wouldn't allow for some tough conversations and for the "real message" to bleed through, but that wasn't true. I think it This BOOK! It beautifully blended together the heavier topics of fatphobia and dieting with the humor of zombie fighting. All my zombie-hunter friends need to read this one! Lemme just start with the amazing humor in this book. It is satirical and sarcastic and absolutely hilarious. I feel like this is the humor for the Gen-Z people out there. At first, I was nervous the humor wouldn't allow for some tough conversations and for the "real message" to bleed through, but that wasn't true. I think it actually opened up the book to these conversations. We see a lot of the satirical humor revolve around body image and being fat in general so, naturally, that's also where the tough conversations were led. To go along with this, the book was so well balanced. The humor, the pacing, the adventure, all of it was very well balanced. Just as I mentioned before, the satirical humor was well-balanced with the hard conversations. Also, the adventure and heart-pounding action were well-balanced with the moments of reprieve. deVos just knew how to write this book! I would have liked a deeper dive into who most of the characters really were, but we were seeing them in one very specific environment. I guess I just had to take what I could get from a zombie apocalypse. However, I did enjoy getting to know the characters from the nuggets we were given. Overall, I'm so happy I decided to read this book. It had grade-A humor and made me want to binge every zombie movie in my collection. We need more fat zombie hunters in this world!! Disclaimer: I voluntarily read and reviewed a gifted and advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Blog • Instagram • Twitter

  28. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    Oh my gosh - Kelly deVos's new YA novel, Eat Your Heart Out, was so much fun to read!! I think this description from Razorbill is perfect - and it's what had me so eager to pick up Eat Your Heart Out... "Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin' in this bitingly funny YA thriller about a kickass group of teens battling a ravenous group of zombies." There are six teens and and a leader in Vee's pod at Camp Featherlite for Overweight Teens. One of the other members is a aspiring film maker and she mentally Oh my gosh - Kelly deVos's new YA novel, Eat Your Heart Out, was so much fun to read!! I think this description from Razorbill is perfect - and it's what had me so eager to pick up Eat Your Heart Out... "Shaun of the Dead meets Dumplin' in this bitingly funny YA thriller about a kickass group of teens battling a ravenous group of zombies." There are six teens and and a leader in Vee's pod at Camp Featherlite for Overweight Teens. One of the other members is a aspiring film maker and she mentally slots everyone into a role - you know, The Outcast, The Jerk, The Nerd and more. This cemented the feeling of being immersed in a teen horror flick. Which I have to say, has been a long time guilty pleasure of mine. deVos gives each of the characters a voice with their own chapters. They're all wonderfully drawn with strengths and weaknesses. But as a group, they're pretty formidable. The reader is privy to the overall picture - their secrets and the danger stalking them. And there are plenty of chances in Eat Your Heart Out, to pick up a pillow and yell, "Don't go outside - there are zombies!" Lots of action kept me rapidly turning pages. Eat Your Heart Out did read like a movie! And that cover? Fantastic! Eat Your Heart Out was great escapist reading. But along with being a fun page turner, deVos has woven in a needed message as well. "...Because when you create a culture when people can be dehumanized for trivial reasons like body size, everyone's human dignity is in jeopardy. I intend for this read to be inclusive and affirming, and hope you read with care if these topics are ones close to your heart." This was a first read of deVos for me - and it most definitely won't be the last. See for yourself - read an excerpt of Eat Your Heart Out. (And I leave you with this warning - be careful with your hazelnut coffee whitener...)

  29. 4 out of 5

    Bec

    Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[fatmisia, toxic dieting, body shaming, ableism, teenage pregnancy, discussion of child abandonment, religious bigotry, dead bodies and body parts, death of a friend, gun violence, blood and gore depiction, murder, fire (hide spoiler)] If you want a fun and thrilling horror story, Eat Your Heart Out a fantastic addition to your shelves! The book features an incredible range of fat characters, both confident in their bodies and struggling with their self-image and th Trigger warnings: (view spoiler)[fatmisia, toxic dieting, body shaming, ableism, teenage pregnancy, discussion of child abandonment, religious bigotry, dead bodies and body parts, death of a friend, gun violence, blood and gore depiction, murder, fire (hide spoiler)] If you want a fun and thrilling horror story, Eat Your Heart Out a fantastic addition to your shelves! The book features an incredible range of fat characters, both confident in their bodies and struggling with their self-image and the treatment from society. And every single one is bad-ass in their own fantastic way. Each character is quick to love and root for, with fleshed out backgrounds and thought-out relationship arcs. The story is action-packed from start to finish, but it not just a great slasher-style book. A really interesting scientific concept is threaded throughout the story, zombies don't appear out of just anywhere. While chock full of fun satire Eat Your Heart out also stands easily on its own with a great cast and storyline. I absolutely recommend this fun-filled, fast-paced and greatly woven story. Note: Review copy received from NetGalley. This does not impact opinions within this review. blog • trigger warning database • more links Happy reading! ❤

  30. 4 out of 5

    (Energy)

    I knew as soon as I saw the cover I needed to read this. Devos writes in the beginning that things in the book are purposefully and satirically extreme, and I think that’s a fair assessment. Because what reader wouldn’t cringe that fat camps are still a thing? Wow, it made me hate Coach even more. The introduction of the characters was a tad tricky at first, but once you know who’s who, you quickly catch on that we have a fairly diverse cast of characters. Eat Your Heart Out is told in alternatin I knew as soon as I saw the cover I needed to read this. Devos writes in the beginning that things in the book are purposefully and satirically extreme, and I think that’s a fair assessment. Because what reader wouldn’t cringe that fat camps are still a thing? Wow, it made me hate Coach even more. The introduction of the characters was a tad tricky at first, but once you know who’s who, you quickly catch on that we have a fairly diverse cast of characters. Eat Your Heart Out is told in alternating viewpoints, so you get to see the situation unfold from varying narratives. If there was anything I didn’t love reading this, it’s that the ending felt rushed. I realized I was at 99%, feeling like there was still a bit to address, but then that was it. But the ride to get there was super fun. This book is so much more than a group of teens battling zombies. Because there are significant core issues discussed. Vivian has some good insight about people, and I highlighted a lot of her text. When things begin unfolding, it feels like non-stop action because these zombies do not quit. They all work together well, and they are creative in the ways they fight to stay alive. Overall, this is a well-written, enjoyable read from start to finish.

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