Eat My Heart Out Paperback – 30 Jan 2014
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Like a foul-mouthed Nancy Mitford for the Gawker generation, Zoe Pilger brings a ruthlessly sharp eye to our muddled and indulgent times. Eat My Heart Out is viciously, violently funny, and marks the arrival of a fearsome new voice in British fiction. (Sam Byers, author of 'Idiopathy')
Eat My Heart Out is a romantic comedy without the romance; clever and biting, it is a satirical look at the narcissistic lives of twentysomethings in our post-post-feminist era (Felicity Wood The Bookseller 2013-11-01)
A post-feminist, female equivalent of Bret Easton Ellis, Zoe Pilger is definitely one to watch; her writing is fast-paced, audacious, disjointed and dizzying, perfectly capturing the volatility, frustration, fear and arrogance of being young ... Eat My Heart Out is sure to take your breath away. (Jane Bradley For Books' Sake 2014-01-15)
Meet 2014's funniest new writer ... a brutally honest story about being young, female and totally heartbroken. (Company 2014-02-01)
Shades of Sheila Heti but British and much funnier (Bookseller)
A biting look at contemporary feminism, sexuality and romance (Corinne Jones Observer 2014-01-12)
A properly funny novel about being young and in London nowabouts ... I just finished Zoe Pilger's debut , which I got a massive kick out of Eat My Heart Out from start to finish ... it's narrated by a sassy and hilarious and completely charming young maniac called Ann-Marie. It's a glorious hoot from start to finish: I really wish there were more novels like this these days. (Stuart Hammond The Quietus 2014-01-05)
A wild and wicked rampage through the psyche of a lost young woman. Zoe Pilger's outrageous take on modern life packs a punch ... Super-smart, funny and dark as midnight. (Eithne Farry Marie Claire 2014-02-01)
Hooray for Zoe Pilger: her debut novel is about the London we know and love and it is dead smart and gloriously, mercifully, snort-out-loud hilarious ... Eat My Heart Out is the hipster Bridget Jones's Diary it's ok to like (Stuart Hammond Dazed and Confused 2014-02-01)
A roaring page-turner ... Zoe Pilger writes with such infectious rage that ... some readers may find their hands trembling slightly as they do the turning ... ferociously dark ... not since Martin Amis's early work can I remember a novel so exhilarated - and made so exhilarating - by its own sense of disgust. (James Walton Daily Mail 2014-01-31)
It fizzes with exploded declarations and flicker-switch emotions ... The dialogue is fresh and clipped, and Pilger is particularly good with voices ... This book certainly has a force-field. (Rosa Rankin-Gee Guardian 2014-02-01)
Very funny ... In many ways Eat My Heart Out resembles an updated and anglicised version of Bret Easton Ellis' Rules Of Attraction (Emerald Street 2014-01-27)
A bold debut ... instantly gripping ... it's refreshing to read a novel about a strident and flawed young woman rather than a simpering heroine ... a thought-provoking read. (Emma Firth & Lucy Reber Stylist 2014-02-05)
Bristles with outrage and extravagant absurdity ... dark and funny (Jonathan Gibbs TLS 2014-01-31)
Eat My Heart Out is a remarkable thing: a debut novel that is both laugh-out-loud funny and unflinchingly serious. Even more extraordinary is that Zoe Pilger heightens this clever balancing act with skill, meaning, and unparalleled insouciance. Reading this novel is like watching the most daring of tightrope walkers at work: we are captivated every step of the way, left breathless right until the very end. I loved it. (Lee Rourke 2014-03-18)
Brilliantly odd and very funny ... Eat My Heart Out is pacy and packed with incident. Its pop-up format offers all manner of quick pleasures. (John Sunyer FT 2014-04-12)
I tell everyone to read Eat My Heart Out - a satire on feminism (Emma Jane Unsworth ELLE 2014-06-01)
Impressive ... intelligent and sharp ... she captures London's energy and indifference well (Lesley McDowell Independent on Sunday 2014-07-06)
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It's the story of a young woman who is utterly adrift and with no self-awareness: she does not behaving in the conventional "little girl lost" fashion of modern contemporary fiction - she is both vile and compelling: it's this aspect that makes the book a tragedy as much as an acid-tipped satire.
So, not a cosy read, but one that made me think.
Yes, I get it, it's a satire, but it felt incredibly juvenile and vile. It's adolescent rubbish full of Little Mermaid references (amongst a huge selection of random philosophical and feminist musings) that offers nothing (at least to me) and does so in an progressively boring and repetitive manner. It's a love it or hate it book, so I guess your own taste is a judge here.
I will not recommend "Eat My Heart Out" to anybody, in fact, stay clear.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It might need multiple readings but it's mental and thoroughly enjoyable I would rate 5 stars and I really hope Zoe pilger writes morePublished 17 months ago by Georgia Carter
Haven't finished this yet, but it's very smart and interesting. I'm glad I bought it.Published 18 months ago by Lara
I usually dislike books written by this age of writer but Zoe Pilger is so tongue in cheek and perceptive that I found myself laughing out loud on a regular basis. Read morePublished 21 months ago by catbee
This was one of the worst books I have ever read. It seemed pointless, unpleasant and pseudo academic and does nothing the further feminismPublished 21 months ago by Jenny Probert