Welcome to my stop for EAT YOUR HEART OUT by Kelly Devos! This tour is hosted by Turn the Page Tours. Check out all the info and stick around for my review below!
Kelly deVos is from Gilbert, Arizona, where she lives with her high school sweetheart husband, amazing teen daughter and superhero dog, Cocoa. She holds a B.A. 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. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane, named one of the "50 Best Summer Reads of All Time" by Reader's Digest magazine, is available now from HarperCollins.
Kelly's work has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Salon, Vulture and Bustle.
Release date: June 29th
Page Count: 352
Genre: YA horror/zombies
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.
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.
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