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Title: Eat Your Heart Out
Author: Kelly deVos
Release Date: June 29, 2021
Genres: YA Horror, Thriller
I received a review copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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.
Eat Your Heart Out is a hilarious and intense zombie read that had me turning page after page so quickly that it took everything I had to come out of my room while on vacation!
This book was so much fun! It has a fun cast of relatable characters that fit semi-perfectly into their prescribed archetypes (prescribed by one of the characters, even!) It put a great spin on horror/slasher classics as well as giving a good hard look at many different types of fatphobia seen in the world today.
Vee and Allie were definitely my favorite characters. Whenever they’re POVs came up, I was super excited to read what would happen next. I really liked Rachel’s and Sheldon’s as well–they were surprise characters for me, and I really liked what they added to the story.
This book grounded me in so much setting detail and intensity of atmosphere, but not too much to take away from the story. It is such a fun premise, and it definitely delivers on every aspect.
This was a great addition to the Truly Devious series, and a great standalone. I feel that anyone For zombie fans, this is a great one to pick up. It’s really creative, fast-paced, and hilarious–though it’s serious moments really pack a punch. Anyone looking for a quick read with a lot of heart will really enjoy this one too.
About the Author
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 Eat Your Heart Out. Visit Kelly online at kellydevos.com.