Happy Tuesday y’all! I’m so behind on all of my reading (I have 5 books that I had to finish by today that I’m definitely not done with… oops), but I did finish reading Eat Your Heart Out for my stop on the blog tour with Turn the Page Tours, and man y’all, what a fun/entertaining/intense book! Thank you so much to Turn the Page tours for having me on the tour and to Razorbill for sponsoring this tour and sending me a free finished copy of the book!
Eat Your Heart Out 4/5 Stars
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
Wow y’all- the whole premise of Eat Your Heart out was so fun and thrilling and sad at the same time- it was fun in that I loved the characters and the way the played off of each other and the way that they had their own separate roles to play and they seemed to do that relatively well. It was thrilling because, hello, zombies and being enclosed in a camp setting where they couldn’t get out and OMG one of their pod members is about to give birth RIGHT NOW. And it was sad because of the whole fat camp aspect of it- I’m not even sure if sad is the right word here, but I really hate the idea of fat camps. When I was younger, I had terrible body image issues (I mean, do those ever really fully go away?) and I looked into fat camps because I wanted to look like all of my friends even though I ate well and I exercised a lot (I played field hockey year round on multiple teams) but my body just never looked like the media/society’s version of a normal person (now I realize it’s because I have a ridiculously long torso and short legs, so normal fashion will never look good on me and I’ll always see myself as larger than I am, but there’s absolutely nothing wrong with any of those things because I’m strong and funny and super capable in so many ways)- but anyway, just the reminder of a fat camp and reading about how people’s parents forced them to be there because they didn’t think they were enough made me a little sad (not enough to change my rating of the book or anything, because let’s be real, this book was great and so fun, but man, the whole fat camp thing is something we really need to think long and hard about- like why was it even needed). Characters wise, I loved Vivian a lot, Steven and Paul grew on me, Allie had a lot of mystery around her and when it unravelled, I liked her too, I really liked Rachel as well- especially because of all of the random facts she knew- and Sheldon was fun and nerdy. I feel like all of them grew throughout the book and I really loved that. I also loved how this book was just fun and quick and super plot driven, so I was never bored and something was always happening, which I love in books. There were just enough twists to keep me at the edge of my seat and fighting zombies is always a great pastime! I definitely recommend picking up a copy of Eat Your Heart Out ASAP! Amazon | Barnes and Noble | Book Depository | IndieBound
Author Bio: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, Day One and EatYour Heart Out. Visit Kelly online at kellydevos.com.