Today I will be reviewing Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin.
This book was both interesting and compelling and highly unique. It wasn't at all what I was expecting and did a great job of shaking things up for what I conceived the book would be about.
My first point would be that the cover doesn't do justice for this book at all. It looks like a documentary about the food industry, and in certain ways it almost was, but in many other ways it was a thriller about a serial killer who targets a certain sub-set of the population.
There were a lot of viewpoints and opinions covered in this book, ranging from people who believe weight issues are something that people choose (i.e. fat people are fat because they choose to be fat) all the way across to the concept that it is like an addiction and they can't control themselves around food.
I thought that Jeremy was interesting, and Sue was sort of the vocal mouthpiece for the book wherein the author could make claims about weight and other issues such as additives in food designed to make it addicting. Certain parts were preachy, but all in all the book did a great job of covering the point while telling a compelling story.
I particularly liked the way Darwin was drawn up. He was OCD about his health and fitness and was most certainly crazy, but the author managed to make him interesting without being overbearing in how he is described. I enjoyed the thriller aspects of this book, and the social commentary was vague enough it didn't really cause me any problems.
Has enough of everything to really hold audiences. Was slow at points, and preachy at times, but all in all it was highly worth the read! Well done!
A fight against the food industry turns deadly.
Jeremy, a lonely and obese teenager, shoots into the limelight when a headstrong public health nurse persuades him to sue the food industry. Tossed into a storm of media buzz and bullying, the teen draws the attention of a serial killer who’s targeting the obese. Soon the boy, the nurse, and their loved ones take center stage in a delusional man’s drama.
Through fiction, Eating Bull explores the real-life issues of bullying, fat-shaming, food addiction, and the food industry’s role in obesity.
“A solid thriller that manages to infuse one boy’s coming-of-age with a whole lot of murder.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Carrie Rubin is a physician, public health advocate, and award-winning author. She is a member of the International Thriller Writers association. She lives in Ohio with her husband and two sons. Her novels include "Eating Bull" and "The Seneca Scourge."