- 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.
15 reactions while reading the book
- Not gonna lie, throughout the novel I was lowkey terrified that a zombie will jump out of the and kill me. But we can say it went well… after all I am writing this.
- I was excited and there was this weird adrenaline rush flowing through me in anticipation of what will happen next. I was on my toes, almost literally.
- While I know fatness itself was portrayed in a positive manner in this book, I was lowkey pissed about existing of a fat camp and I don’t I was just angry.
- I was awed by Vivian… yes, the jaw open with eyes popping out and ears on high alert awed. I mean she’s one interesting and amazing human ❤
- I was anticipatory for where the novel was headed and excited to see the character development.
- It made me nostalgic for horror books… I mean I’ll be honest, I haven’t read that many horror books and now I am honestly waiting for reading creeps to hit me (ghosts please don’t take it seriously).
- I was so great full for how fatphobia was dealt with in this book. Zombies were like side characters in this whole killing game, it was dealing with fatphobia at the front.
- I loved reading the satirical outtake that this book had!
- I am pretty sure more than once I became that suspicious cat with its hair like thorns poking out of her. Man, was it creepy.
- The action in this book had me going all woohhoooo! I don’t remember the last time I read a book full of action-packed adventure.
- There was romance too alright – and while I shipped, I don’t know how I felt about the romance except a lot of confusion.
- Oh and I took a huge sigh of relief when the book ended… Don’t ask me how many hours I binged the book for please.
- Reading the book felt like a movie passing before my eyes; I can still envision the scenes and would love to have the book adapted!
- I was buzzing with energy because this book is so full of necessary social commentary!
- Lastly, I felt at peace after reading this book even amidst the chaos that this book had, I was just amazed and grateful and filled with emotions.
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.
Giveaway (Open Internationally):
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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