Kids of Appetite, David Arnold

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Title:  Kids of Appetite

Author: David Arnold

Pages: 352

Genre: YA, contemporary fiction

Part of a series?  No.

Published: September 20th, 2016


            Vic, Mad have a story to tell.  Everything hinges on the telling.  The kids of appetite, a small group of “unwanted” took Vic in when he needed them to fulfill his father’s last wishes.  As they spend time together, Vic realizes that (for once) his birth defect doesn’t matter.  They accept all of him and take him as family.  When some of the members are in trouble, it’s Vic’s turn to repay his second family. 

            It’s all in the telling, you see, because you have to see the big picture.  The one that includes:

1.      A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey

2.      A dormant submarine

3.      Two very different songs about flowers.

4.      Sunsets, orchards, and graveyards.

5.      The many meanings of family

6.      A narrow escape from a war-torn country

7.      The collection of stories

8.      How to hear someone who doesn’t talk

9.      Falling in love

10.   Super racehorses

 I became obsessed with this book the second I learned about it from the New York Times Book Review.  I had to have it.  This book made me feel so many things.  I was proud of the characters, laughed with them, celebrated and cried for them.  The character development was amazing.  I loved them all- from Vic, who, because of a birth defect, can’t close his eyes or really show emotion on his face but is a true heart-thinker.  Mad, who lost both her parents in a wreck and now clings to her grandmother even if it puts her in a tight spot.  Baz, collector of people and stories.  Zuz, who never says a word but makes himself known.  And then there’s Coco, the 11 year old orphan from Queens with a stunning (and sometimes hilarious) vocabulary and a big heart.

The plot was great and well executed.  I really loved it!  Five stars, plus one for creativity- this book is a super racehorse.  Five Stars  star

On the adult content scale, there’s a bit.  Language, obviously, and violence, both done so as not to be over the top or gratuitous.  I’d give it a four.  I would give this to my niece, but there are some that would have pause.  General.svg 

The book came out 9-20-2016, I highly recommend it.

Link to book:

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