Number of Pages: 311
Publication Date: November 12, 2015
Rating: out of 5
OBC Rating: 4 out of 4 stars
Themes: Self-respect, Self-discipline, Support, Parenting Styles
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Jeremy, an overly obese young boy, has always been lonely. He takes comfort in his video games and most importantly – food. Candy bars, french fries, burgers, sodas…anything to make his loneliness and lack of self-confidence go away.
Sue, a strong-willed nurse at the local weight management clinic, is not afraid to stand up for what she believes in. Even if that means damaging her relationship with her husband and daughter. Her unrelenting belief that the food industry is problematic in today’s obesity issue, Sue convinces Jeremy to be the poster boy for her lawsuit again food companies.
Darwin, a psychopath, believes his life’s mission is to rid the world of its gluttonous sheep, one by one. Together, with his OCD and The Voice he hears, he commits crimes and actions that are disturbing all leading up to the one main event that will show the world how he views it.
The concept of the story – obesity in America – is one that is important to discuss and be made aware of. It is a real issue that not only lowers self-esteem, but also causes more medical risks than a person with a healthy weight would experience.
I really liked how the author brought in several ideas of this topic. For instance, she mentions, through the voice of her characters, that losing weight is not as simple as reduce the amount of food intake or getting more exercise. It’s something that needs to come from within and from the support of those around you. Jeremy clearly struggles with this. Then, throw in the bullying he receives from his peers, it’s no wonder this young boy lives a pretty secluded life and takes comfort in the food that he eats.
Switching character perspectives in each chapter really helps the reader get to know and understand each of the major characters in the story. Even with Darwin’s instability and crazy notion of getting rid of the obesity in the country, his sad childhood begins to unfold and a new level of compassion is felt for him during this phase in his life. Unfortunately, because of poor parenting, he grows up to be an unstable human being and that compassion is lost for him and now is put towards his victims.
Basically, the plot was amazing and the character development was beautifully done. The only ‘issue’ I had with the book was the goriness. There were several scenes that I read extremely quickly because of how detailed the killings were described.
However, I thoroughly enjoyed this fast-paced read and never once felt it slow or boring. Therefore, it receives top marks from me!
I received this eBook from OnlineBookClub in exchange for an honest review.