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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Serpent's Tail (30 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781251347
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781251348
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,446 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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The Bell Jar meets The Rachel Papers for Generation Y.

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Looking at the other customer reviews, it seems to me that people are either disgusted or enthralled by this book. I was a combination of both and I think that is the author's intention. It's supposed to be grotesque: there are certainly some highly unpleasant incidents that make you think "why am I reading this?" I think that is part of the point. It's supposed to challenge and not be an entirely comfortable experience.
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.
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Zoe Pilger's first novel is an anti-romance with an anti-heroine. And I always had a soft spot for anti-heroes and anti-heroines, but Ann-Marie, the sentimental, dirty mind-dirty body heroine only awoken one emotion in me - annoyance. Neither Ann-Marie nor any other character in the book has any positive qualities. Not one of the characters is likeable, I felt no sympathy for them and their adventures and discoveries, experiments and art (the "art"!). As one of the characters says: "I want to be a bohemian." - it feels the book is desperately trying to be something big and shocking and validated, but it is failing at that.

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.
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I loved this book. It is funny and very dark and for me it is something completely different and refreshing. My usual reading is serious an factual. I couldn't put it down and enjoyed the characters from this "wacky" world that does actually exist but just so unknown to me. I also thoroughly enjoyed Zoe's style of writing and would definitely read her next book.
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I don't give up on many books (to date i have only given up on 2) but i simply couldn't keep reading this. It is written from the point of Ann-Marie who I found to be masochistic in terms of relationships and frankly seems to drift from one ridiculous and unrealistic situation to another. I honestly could not bear to read anymore about her pointless life.
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This is one of the worst books I have ever encountered. I never write reviews but I was so appalled about the writing, the nonsensical plot and u realistic dialogs that I felt I needed to share this so other reads do not buy this book.
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The only reason I bought this was for my local book club. I couldn't even finish it. The characters were horrible, the writing and themes pretentious and cliched, and I gave up after about 5 chapters. Awful.
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Absolute garbage. I don't think I've ever given a book a one star review before, but this book was actually that awful. No plotline, no direction, not a single redeeming quality about a single character in the book. I kept reading and reading just because I couldn't believe that it could possibly be such rubbish but the story never came together and it never improved, it just continued to worsen. Save yourselves the time and money!
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Click away from this page and walk away, pretend this book never happened. I went into this with no idea that it would have no redeeming qualities whatsoever. I read the entire thing, holding onto hope it would turn into something other than a waste of my time. Not one of the characters is likeable, I felt nothing for any of them; forget one-dimensional, they're no-dimensional... and just awful human beings in general. Like I actually lost faith in humanity. This book tries so hard it's painful to read. The story is boring and weak, the characters are flat, it wants to be funny but is definitely NOT, and as a body of work it's madly pretentious. The story leads nowhere, nothing happens but a bunch of uninteresting rubbish. I kept thinking, This is a joke, right? Seriously? Oh God, no, it's not a joke. If you love reading about animal cruelty (more than once), the main characters cutting off a man's testicles for sport, and a group of the biggest a-holes known to man, you'll absolutely love this book. So annoyed by this that I'll be requesting a refund out of principle.
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