This review is written for Online Book Club.

“I rate this book 4 out of 4 stars.”

Darwin wants revenge. He intends to kill every fat person living. Any overweight, or obese person that irritates him becomes his target. Sue is a nurse suing the food industry for supplying food that contribute to weight gain, and Jeremy is the star of the show trying to overcome the worst possible case of fat shaming and finding a way to save himself. Eating bull is a story told through these three people separately, and then brought together for the finale.

This tale starts with Jeremy’s condition being overweight. He struggles to understand why people are so judgmental about his obesity and just don’t leave him alone. His pain and medical condition bring him to the hospital where he meets Sue, the nurse. Follow up appointments create a friendship between the two and Sue decides to encourage Jeremy and his mother in joining her cause.

As Darwin continues to kill people that irritate him due to being fat, Jeremy, his mother and Sue are caught up with Darwin’s murderess plan. Darwin is infuriated by the media attention Jeremy has attired. He wants revenge on the skyrocketing cost of his health insurance, the invasion of his space and the fact that fat people are slowing him down. Darwin is infuriated by the audacity this group have in blaming the food industry for their own actions and health problems. He wants pay back, and he wants it in a bloody way.

What a thrilling book to read. I loved the fact that each chapter was designated to a single character. This generated the ability, to connect with the person within the story in a much more in-depth way. When a reader is able to bond with the character of the story then the tale becomes even more engaging, and subsequently, the ability in putting the book down becomes impossible.

Since the author has a medical background, this worked for the advantage of the story. There is just enough anatomy in this book to keep you understood and not confused about how things work when your health is in danger.

Eating bull also brings awareness to obesity; fat shaming and an overall judgmental behavior most induce on the ones suffering. Whether it is from diabetes, fast food advertisings, junk-filled restaurants, mental strain, depression, health and medical issues; this book touches on each and every one of these subjects.

To top things up, Carrie Rubin also has an amusing style of writing in a not so funny situation. References such as: “elf-sized nurse popped out and barked, Jeremy,” “God she’s got some cushion for the pushin” or “Sue is going to sue,” are just examples of how she manages to bring some fun into this monumental issue of fat degrading and crime oriented thriller.

I recommend this book to anyone that likes to read a nail biting, thriller themed book with an original touch on issues that matter today.

 Written by Jeyran Main

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