- File Size: 821 KB
- Print Length: 90 pages
- Publisher: Unnerving (March 26, 2020)
- Publication Date: March 26, 2020
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B08435YK1B
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,807 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'm not a fan of describing a book as a mix of movies, but it's appropriate here, a delightful casserole of Jawbreaker, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and The Craft.
That's kind of an irresistible combo for me.
Food Fright not only leads us through the teenage high school angst of trying to be one of the it crowd, but it also does it in a deliciously disastrous way. Cassie Alder wants so badly to be part of the inner circle—so much in fact, that she'll help the soccer team captain and her flunkies initiate Jennifer, a freshman that made the varsity team if it means that Cassie can belong to their group. When Jennifer escapes her tormentors and stumbles upon the scene of witchcraft gone wrong, events are set in motion to make sure they get their just desserts.
While there is a small cast of characters, they don't stay on the page long. Utilizing a parallel narrative, Food Fright mostly divides its chapters between Cassie Alder and Emily Bower, the high school's Home Ec teacher and amateur witch. With an all-female cast and a 90-page novella, these characters don't have much room for growth. Surprisingly, they don't need to. They are who they are and you can happily cheer when they occasionally get eaten by a giant croissant. (My favorite scene! I can perfectly visualize it and even hear its little French "hon hon hon" laugh.)
Campy horror is frequently one that can be taken too far. Bell, however, mixes her ingredients with care, making sure that the absurd doesn't outweigh the terror. While the horror manifests itself in ways that are ludicrous and laughable, it doesn't do so at the expense of producing a frightful setting. While creating horror that is both gross and engrossing while simultaneously generating giggles is a difficult recipe to follow, Bell shows she's already a master of the art. Food Fright will have you cringing and laughing. Home Ec has never been so delightful.
Chapter one contains one of the most grotesque scenes so far in the seven books present in the series. You might read it and think, well how the hell is this going to be fun? What exactly has Brennan been smoking? This could definitely have gone a couple ways. This could have been a supernatural revenge story thriller with tension galore. Instead, Nico Bell says nah, we’ve seen that. Know what we haven’t seen? A giant, french, talking, killer croissant. Have you read any stories with murderous clouds of cotton candy lately? No, me neither.
The I know what you did last summer-type vibe is still present, but there are outrageous set pieces littered throughout as the characters head toward a resolution. There are parts that border on cartoonish, but Bell still manages to inject poignant coming-of-age type development into the story.
Simply put, this is a fun story. If that’s the intent you have when you open up Food Fright, I bet it meets your expectations.
FOOD FRIGHT involves teens, witches, and a ghost with a taste for revenge.
Two women, a teen and a wanna-be witch, long to fit in with their respective cool crowds, but the price higher than dinner at the most exclusive Michelin starred restaurant.
The ghost’s campy kills using assorted sweets were especially fun, as were the experts who were hired to help put the spirit to rest. I really liked Cassie’s backstory, which nicely showed why fitting in with the popular soccer players became so important to her. I’ve never read a story of revenge that was this sugary sweet.
FOOD FRIGHT is another delicious installment in Unnerving’s fantastic Rewind or Die series. Each novella in the series provides a unique take on vintage horror movies.