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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.

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Published November 12th 2015 by ScienceThrillers Media
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Carrie Rubin Hi, thanks so much for the question. Sorry I just saw it now. I think on some level they do, just as Connie does. But life has a way of taking over,…moreHi, thanks so much for the question. Sorry I just saw it now. I think on some level they do, just as Connie does. But life has a way of taking over, and our schedules often influence our choices. We humans have shown time and again we'll continue to engage in unhealthy behaviors even when we know we shouldn't. We're not entirely to blame--addiction and habit play their roles. That's why interventions to combat obesity need to occur at many levels, not just the individual alone. Parents may be aware what they're doing contributes to their child's obesity, but busy lifestyles and stress make consistent change difficult. We need to help them do it.(less)

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Carrie Rubin is giving away copies of EATING BULL! Suspense!
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Get 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 b
Britt Skrabanek
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every book should have a purpose, and Carrie Rubin's latest thriller most certainly does. Once again the author dazzles and terrifies us with her writing agility, blending her medical background with "hanging on the edge of your seat" fiction.

In Eating Bull, the point of view switches often—told through the eyes of Sue (the badass nurse/activist), Jeremy (the obese teenager/unlikely hero) and Darwin (the damn creepy serial killer). I must admit that every time I turned the page and I had to face
Rebecca (agirlirlblog, bekkilyn)
I started out alternating this book in with the other books I am currently reading, but somewhere close to the middle of the book, I started reading this book exclusively. It felt like a light read, but the characters had dimension and seemed very real to me, and the subject concerning health issues and problems we have with the food industry runs deep. The author encourages readers to think about these issues in different ways, but presents the story of the characters in a way that is page-turn ...more
Clare O'Beara
This book seems based on the Michael Moss nonfiction, Salt Sugar Fat, plus many statistics about public health and obesity. I admire the author for giving us a main character who is an obese teen, as this is under-represented and must be a challenge to write. Chafing thighs, groin boils, asthma and all. We are shown that the fatter you get, the harder it is to exercise, through the lad's experience, and his continual wish to escape awkward situations by wanting to go home and eat, further explai ...more
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dr. Rubin brilliantly takes on the food industry with this entertaining novel. Eating Bull will make readers think about the food choices we make every day and why we make those choices.

I fell in love with the main character, Jeremy, from the beginning. The overweight teenager is bullied at home and school. His only solace is found in video games and food. His mother works two part-time jobs and brings home take-out food when she doesn’t have time to cook meals for the family. Jeremy tries to lo
Kate Johnston
Nov 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eating Bull is a thriller that is educational as well as entertaining. The story is about an obese teenage boy, Jeremy, who is persuaded by a public health nurse to sue the food industry, an act that draws a serial killer’s attention right to him.

The content is grisly, sad, inspiring, and thought-provoking. The author, Carrie Rubin, brings her medical background to the story, bringing awareness of the supreme obstacles overweight people face in this society.

Throughout the book, readers are remin
Carrie Rubin crafts a fantastic medical thriller in Eating Bull. I loved how she created 3 very unique point-of-view characters to tell this tale. Jeremy was a very relatable 15-year-old boy. I could feel his food cravings and his reactions to fast food smells. Sue is a tough as nail health care worker who wants to help him and others like him--she's the brains behind suing the food industry. And then there is Darwin--a creepy, horrible killer with a twisted mind and soul. Rubin does an excellen ...more
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers interested in action, thrillers or health issues
Wow. I don't normally read thrillers but was excited when I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway as it was about such an interesting topic - the role of the food industry in obesity. When I started to read the novel, I began to see the characters take shape before my eyes, including Jeremy and Sue. I was caught up in the action and felt the characters - all of them - were real. I got shivers whenever the killer's viewpoint was given. It was great how each chapter was given in the perspective of ...more
Mary Jo Malo
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This award winning science thriller has received many well deserved reviews and comments. The book's cover by Lance Buckley represents its central theme: fast food, obesity and murder. The title, Eating Bull has Native American connotations which are explored throughout and which I feel the author has sensitively addressed.

Firstly, this book was outside my preferred genres. Secondly, I loved it! The only other two mystery/thriller authors I've ever read are Stieg Larsson and Robert Galbraith, an
Luanne Castle
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, thriller
I devoured (sorry for the pun) Carrie Rubin's Eating Bull very quickly, although I savored it as I read. Then I didn't write this review for many months. Perhaps because this book took me by surprise and just a tiny bit out of my comfort zone, writing about this book proved to be daunting. Eating Bull is a suspenseful thriller which showcases the dark world of the fast food industry and of fat shaming and bullying. It has a cast of characters I found very realistic--which means annoying and ende ...more
Michelle Iannantuono
Nov 25, 2015 rated it really liked it

Eating Bull is a thoughtful thriller with a perspective for everyone: whether you've an overweight person grappling with self-esteem, whether you've lost weight in the past and sympathize with the struggle, whether you're a public health professional debating on how to provide healthy advice while still recognizing the humanity of your patients, or if you chalk obesity up to poorl
Phillip McCollum
With Carrie Rubin's new book, The Bone Curse, coming out shortly, I'm a little (a lot) behind the times with this review, but it's better late than never to spend time with such a gem.

Eating Bull is Carrie Rubin's sophomore effort, a thriller centering on overweight Jeremy Barton (unaffectionately known as "Eating Bull") and a serial killer with a real obesity hang-up. The prose is clean and stays out of the way of an absorbing plot while the characters draw you in. From the day-to-day struggles
Oct 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, the second of Dr. Rubin’s novels that I’ve read. And what’s not to love? – a great story, sympathetic, three dimensional characters, an underlying cause/message that’s important, and, of course, Dr. Rubin’s trademark emotional roller coaster. I received an early copy to review, in the interest of full disclosure, but my rating of the book is based purely on its own merits.

I mentioned sympathetic characters, and I mean that in the sense that they’re relatable and Dr. Rubin is a
Book Club Mom
Feb 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t read a lot of thrillers, but, after seeing the cover of Eating Bull, I had to know what it was all about, especially the title. I discovered an extremely well-crafted medical/psychological thriller that tackles the subject of obesity and the food industry’s role in this serious health problem.

Set in Cleveland, Ohio, the story focuses on Jeremy Harjo Barton, an obese teenager, whose home life has without question contributed to his condition. His single mom, Connie Barton works two jobs a
Sep 30, 2015 rated it really liked it
A book with a "message" can be a dangerous thing. The danger is that the message overwhelms the story and results in cardboard characters whose sole purpose is to promote whatever statement the author is trying to make.

I'm delighted to report that Carrie Rubin's "Eating Bull" is decidedly NOT in that category.
Instead, Rubin gives us a flawlessly plotted and richly developed novel. The hero is Jeremy, a morbidly obese teen who struggles not only with his own emotional issues and food obsession b
This thriller-slasher suspense is told from three unique points of view—Jeremy (the obese teenager main character), Sue (the health clinic practitioner who is concerned about society’s influence on Jeremy enough to try to start a class action suit against the food industry), and Darwin (an unstable nut job who loves to cut up overweight people with his knife to make a statement to the world). I’ll tell you up front there is a lot of killing in this book. Darwin’s a serial killer and he’s psycho. ...more
Vanessa-Jane Chapman
Eating Bull is an excellent read - a gripping thriller that keeps you guessing, with wholly realistic sympathetic characters, and thought provoking messages about the food industry and society. It is at times uncomfortable to read, but that is not in any way a bad thing; the book deals with issues that aren't cosy and comfortable, and feeling unsettled is part of the process that leads us to think beyond what we simply read on the page.

The author is a medical doctor, and therefore brings medical
Dec 03, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bookclub
There was a story in here that I wanted to read. Drop the fast talking, short tempered, and passionate public health administrator. Discard the germ phobic serial killer. Forget about the law suit. All those threads just clutter up a really good and important story.

Connie and Jeremy.

That's the story I wanted. A story about the lies we tell ourselves to keep moving on, the sort of lies to help us face circumstances and consequences. A story about sleepwalking into your future. A story about squa
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed Carrie Rubin's first novel (The Seneca Scourge) so I was looking forward to reading her next book. It was worth the wait. This is another page turner from beginning to end that is very hard to put down. If your a fan of Stephen King or Preston & Child, you will enjoy this book, its plot and characters. You may even lose a few pounds reading it because of the gruesome killing scenes... Carrie Rubin doesn't sugar coat it but that's what makes it a good thriller. One last point ...more
Mar 10, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The suspense-filled novel, Eating Bull by Carrie Rubin is about a lonely and self-conscious obese 15-year old Jeremy who finds himself in the limelight when out-spoken public health nurse, Sue, convinces him to sue the food industry. In the midst of this, a dangerous man who feels strongly against people who are obese, puts Jeremy and Sue in his line of target.

While reading there were some graphic scenes, which was a bit too much for me to read and enjoy at times. However, the rest of the book w
Patricia Atkinson
Nov 21, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
when I first looked at the book I thought it was about a diet..But its about Jeremy a 15 yr old who has asthma and needs to lose weight he is an over eater.The name eating bull comes from his grandfather who always teases him about his weight.he also has the school bully bothering him.The nurse he is seeing decides to sue the food industry because of Jeremys weight the process a crazy guy decides to start killing over weight people.He hates that they have started this because he feel ...more
Sep 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2015
Carrie Rubin creates a real page turner with her thriller, Eating Bull. She deftly manages to make you fall in love with the characters while cringing with anticipation of when her psychotic villain would pounce next. I found myself thinking about characters even when I wasn't reading the book! Eating Bull is a well crafted story written about friendship and making the right life choices all the while keeping you entertained with a healthy splatter of blood, guts and some good old fashioned prof ...more
Oct 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
Eating Bull is an exciting thriller. I found the characters interesting, realistic, and sympathetic. The plot kept me turning the pages and the ending delivered the tension and resolution I want from this kind of book. As an added bonus, I feel like it inspired me to make some better food choices this week!
Mar 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! And enjoyed references to Cleveland!
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoy a book that it's written with a reason behind it and this one definitely fits that description. What happens when an obese teenager decides to sue the food industry for making him obese? This awesome story.
Jeremy Barton lives with his mother and grandfather. At 15 years old he's five foot nine and 310 pounds and obese. He has all the physical and mental problems to go along with being obese at a young age. He's harassed at school and even at home by his grandfather who came up wit
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
When a social worker/nurse employed at a health clinic decides to take on the food industry and makes a poster boy of one of her overweight clients, she finds there are more facets to making a statement of right over wrong than anticipated. Jeremy, the overweight client, is bullied at school, in public, and by all but his mother, at home. Passive and self-loathing, he makes strides, physically and emotionally, to change the lifestyle he has hid in for 15 years. His mother, a single working mom, ...more
Andrea Stephenson
Eating Bull is book with an important message, but the message isn't the reason you'll keep reading. The novel is a thrilling page-turner that will make you think while keeping you guessing about what will happen next and the identity of the serial killer that targets obese individuals. I immediately warmed to Jeremy, the teenage boy struggling with his weight, who will have such a pivotal role in the story. Through his struggles, the author shows what it is really like to be obese in a world in ...more
Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book by a fabulous author. Engrossing thriller that opens up your eyes to the food industry, bullying, family issues, eating disorders and the general angst of being a teenager.
Alia Eisele
Apr 25, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Fat-shaming is no joke; it’s something that we do on a daily basis, even if we don’t vocalize it. Every time we look at someone in an outfit and tell ourselves that we’d never be able to wear an outfit like that because of our thighs/belly/breasts/arms/whatever, we fat shame ourselves. People in our society habitually put themselves down, constantly comparing themselves to the people around them. In Eating Bull, we see Jeremy do the same thing, and it’s heartbreaking to recognize the negative se ...more
Jun 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
When a social worker/nurse employed at a health clinic decides to take on the food industry and makes a poster boy of one of her overweight clients, she finds there are more facets to making a statement of right over wrong than anticipated. Jeremy, the overweight client, is bullied at school, in public, and by all but his mother, at home. Passive and self-loathing, he makes strides, physically and emotionally, to change the lifestyle he has hid in for 15 years. His mother, a single working mom, ...more
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