Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos. This tour is being hosted by TBR and Beyond Tours.
Eat Your Heart Out by Kelly deVos
Genre: Young Adult Horror
Publishing Date: June 29, 2021
Content Warnings: Fatphobia (challenged), gore and blood
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.
This was a lot of fun.
Eat Your Heart Out has multiple points of view. Our main girl is Vivian though. Vee (Vivian) is athletic, but not skinny. Her mom married her coach and he is not nice to Vee. He’s always making comments about her weight and her mom has started to side with him. So Vee is off to “fat camp”. A guy, Steve, comes to pick her up. Steve is the strong jock and is in charge of their pod of campers. Vee turns around to find her ex best friend, Allie, in the back seat. She doesn’t really question how Allie could afford to go. She’s just angry that she’s there. They pick up another camper, Paul, who ends up being there as a spy. His dad runs things. There is a blizzard in Arizona and they have an accident after seeing something unnatural running across the road. The kids manage to walk to camp after hearing that someone is missing and others are out searching. They have two others in their pod. Sheldon is a computer wiz and Rachel is hiding a pregnancy. They are told to eat these weird nutrition bars, but no one is their group wants to. And it’s good that they didn’t. The bars make the kids lose weight overnight. But they also turn them into zombies. The power is out and there are no phones. The place is overrun by unnaturally strong zombie people and not everyone will survive. They do all bond and I loved the friendships/love that grew. I also love that Paul grew into someone that will never fat shame again.
The pacing is great and this is a quick read. It’s full of fat phobia and difficult parental relationships. But there was such a great connection with the kids. Rachel was probably my favorite person. I also liked Brian who you meet late in the story. That part really stood out to me.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my review copy.
Warnings for fat shaming/phobia, talk of cheating, parental issues, mention of abuse, and teenage pregnancy. Also, lots of blood and gore.
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.
Kelly is represented by Chloe Seager of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in London. Her work on body positivity has been featured in the New York Times as well as on Vulture, Salon, Bustle and SheKnows. Her debut novel, Fat Girl on a Plane was named one of the “50 Best Summer Reads of All Time” by Reader’s Digest magazine. Her second book, Day Zero, is available now from Inkyard Press/HarperCollins.
One winner will receive a finished copy of Eat Your Heart Out. The giveaway starts on June 28th and ends on July 5th
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