About the book:
Title: Kids of Appetite
Author: David Arnold
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, romance, young adult
Victor Benucci and Madeline Falco have a story to tell.
It begins with the death of Vic’s father.
It ends with the murder of Mad’s uncle.
The Hackensack Police Department would very much like to hear it.
But in order to tell their story, Vic and Mad must focus on all the chapters in between.
This is a story about:
1. A coded mission to scatter ashes across New Jersey.
2. The momentous nature of the Palisades in winter.
3. One dormant submarine.
4. Two songs about flowers.
5. Being cool in the traditional sense.
6. Sunsets & ice cream & orchards & graveyards.
7. Simultaneous extreme opposites.
8. A narrow escape from a war-torn country.
9. A story collector.
10. How to listen to someone who does not talk.
11. Falling in love with a painting.
12. Falling in love with a song.
13. Falling in love.
Source: Thanks so much to Indigo Headquarters for providing me with this ARC for free. You guys are the best, and I love volunteering with you!💞
How I Found Out About It: Blogging/Goodreads
Kids of Appetite was a unique, coming-of-age story about letting go and moving on from what you’ve lost, and I really enjoyed it.
I’d heard quite a bit about this book from other bloggers who can’t wait for it to be released, so I guess I could say I was sucked into all that hype!
First, I’d like to mention that THIS IS MY FIRST PHYSICAL ARC, GUYS!🎉🎉I’ve been loving receiving digital ARCs from Netgalley, but physical ones are just so much better.
For a summary, this book is about two teens named Mad and Vic, who have both recently lost somebody very close to them. Mad’s uncle was murdered, leaving a hole in her heart, and Vic’s dad passed away due to cancer, and he just can’t get over the fact that he’s gone. As Mad starts to investigate her uncle’s murder and Vic attempts to let go of his dad’s ashes, the two bond and go on a great adventure together. Together, they know they can get through their grief.
I really liked the characters of this book. Despite their traumas, I felt that they were very strong and that their losses didn’t take away from them wanting to reach their goals, which I definitely admire.
Unfortunately, trying to remember this book a few days after finishing it, nothing much really stuck out to me about Mad and Vic as individuals. As I said before, I did really like them, but in my opinion, they just weren’t the most memorable characters.
Overall, this story was quite a good one, and I really enjoyed the ‘voyage’ around New Jersey that Mad and Vic went on to release and let go. I found that the romance was pretty cute, too.😊
I’d recommend Kids of Appetite to any teens wanting a coming-of-age story with a great writing style and an adorable romance, because it’s all lovingly packed into these 352 pages. This book enters bookstores and libraries today, so be sure to grab your copy!
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars