Monday, November 21, 2016

Book Review: Kids of Appetite


Vic is fascinated by a group of kids he sees around his New Jersey town.  Baz is the leader, Zuz is the quiet one, Coco is the comic relief, and, of course, the beautiful and intoxicating Mad.  But he never thought he would actually interact with these people, until he impulsively ran away from home one frigid night, and the group enfolds him within their strange wings and helps him with a very personal quest.  Thus begins an eight-day adventure, with stops at the ocean, a church, a greenhouse, New York, and ending at the police station.  Will Vic fulfill his quest?  What will happen to Vic when the time comes to leave his new friends?

Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold, is a coming-of-age book about family, friendship, and grief.  It is not a quick read, but it is worth every minute.  If you have readers that enjoy books like The Perks of Being a Wallflower, by Stephen Chbosky, or We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart, they will love Kids of Appetite, by David Arnold.