Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

Eating Bull
by Carrie Rubin

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: ScienceThrillers Media
Publication Date: November 12, 2015
ISBN-13: 9781940419107
Genre: Thriller | Coming of Age
Print Length: 311 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
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.

In this novel of suspense, Eating Bull explores the real-life issues of bullying, fat-shaming, and the food industry's role in obesity.

Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin

Eating BullGet ready to experience every emotion you have as a twisted and delusional killer collides headlong with a bullied and depressed obese teen, his mother and a warrior nurse on a mission.

Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin is powerful fiction that tackles obesity and punctuates its horrors with a crazed serial killer on a rampage to stomp out the disease one victim at a time. Settle back and watch as the tentacles of this tale stretch both as separate stories and as extensions of each other as three points of view are exposed with sometimes heart-wrenching results.
Jeremy is grossly obese in a world that ridicules him, punishes him, stares at him and berates him for his size. He is part of a growing number of teens lost in a world where beauty and perfection rule, while being different turns a child into a pariah and an emotional punching bag. His strongest advocate, a health nurse takes on the restaurant/food service industry in an indictment of their responsibility for Jeremy’s condition. His story catches the interest of Darwin, a brutal and sadistic killer, will Jeremy, a boy seeking only friendship and a normal life become the victim of a man whose hatred for obesity knows no bounds?

Carrie Rubin has presented her case, told her story and done it well. The personalities of her characters are alive, their emotions are real and the story of Jeremy and Darwin are far more paralleled than one could believe. Is Darwin the future Jeremy?

Yes the story is well-told, but not entirely a comfortable one. Follow along; see your school days pass before you. Oh, you didn’t bully or make fun of the fat kid? Did you step in to show friendship or stop the bullying or did you cower away or heaven forbid, laugh? If Carrie Rubin cannot o the error of your ways, then your heart may be missing. Jeremy’s pain is real, he is in crisis and it isn’t his entire fault. He becomes a hero of sorts when he goes public to make the world aware of big business’ power of seduction, but the price he pays may be with his life. What drove Darwin to become obsessed with fitness? What made him kill “fat” over and over? You’ll find the answers in Eating Bull as well as an entirely new insight into bully, obesity and the difficulty of breaking the chain of ignorance.

This is a MUST read, should be in libraries and on classroom discussion calendars, because it is okay to be disturbed or uncomfortable with reading this powerful, so long as the message comes out.

I received this copy from Carrie Rubin in exchange for my honest review.


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