Kids of Appetite

Kids of Appetite

eBook - 2016
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The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss. 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.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Penguin Young Readers Group, 2016.
ISBN: 9780698165410
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jun 27, 2017

Though I'd expected a light read with a sweet but overall forgettable plot line, I fell in love with a book that is so much more. Kids of Appetite gives insight into the neurological condition Moebius Syndrome, but it doesn't sacrifice plot or character depth either. While some similar books about characters with illnesses, disorders, conditions, etc. can make the book feel educational rather than emotional, in this book the protagonist's Moebius Syndrome was merely one facet of his incredible personality. His condition was a part of him, but it wasn't his identity. Additionally, the characters were very diverse and captivating, leaving me with a craving for books centred around each of them. Kids of Appetite is insightful and complex, with a plot that is simultaneously heartwarming and fast-paced. Emotional and intense, this is the kind of book that will stay with me forever. (5 stars)
- @amiwrite of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

Feb 20, 2017

A group of homeless kids get caught up in an investigation of murder. The leader of their group has been accused of killing the abusive uncle of Madeline. As the story moves between chapters of Madeline and Victor’s police interrogation to chapters telling what lead up to the murder. It isn’t until the end that you see why Madeline and Victor have drug out the police interviews as long as they could. It’s also a great story showing that there’s more to people than we think, and kindness can be repaid in wonderful ways.

ArapahoeKelsey Feb 14, 2017

This is a quirky, fun, murder mystery that really brings out the strength and courage of young people. I love the combination of characters, and how diverse this cast is. Vic and Mad's relationship is not so overwhelming that this book is chick-lit. Rather, it's a book of growth, and standing up for the right things in life.

LPL_CentennialC Sep 22, 2016

“They lived and they laughed and they saw that it was good.”

Kids of Appetite is a quirky contemporary YA, filled with heart. Oh man, this book has so much heart! It’s about found families, all kinds of love, and growing up. The story is told in alternating chapters from two characters, and alternating timelines--but it’s not hard to follow, just enough to keep you guessing. Definitely give this book a shot if you enjoy contemporary YA--and extra recommendation if you love John Green or Andrew Smith! (Warning: I did tear up. Just a little bit.)

ArapahoeBridget Sep 16, 2016

This could be a good fit if you like quirky and realistic stories. The characters are interesting, and the framing of the story works really well, I think. That said, this really isn't my genre. I very, VERY rarely enjoy realistic YA. What kept me reading until the end is being a sucker for the families we make for ourselves, since this whole story is one big epic tale of a found family. I will read anything if it gives me a taste of that trope!

Aug 24, 2016

Honestly my new favourite book. It's kind of personal for me though, because like the main character, my sister has Moebius Syndrome. So every other year, we go to conferences - Moebius Syndrome Conferences - and I meet so many people with it. This book is so accurate and I love it


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