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.
Title: Eat Your Heart Out
Author: Kelly deVos
Publication Date: June 29, 2021
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Horror
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!
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.
About the Author
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.