Title: Kids of Appetite
Author: David Arnold
Publisher: Viking Books for Young Readers
Pub. Date: 20 September, 2016
Genre: YA, urban fiction, adventure, contemporary, recommended
As the police interrogate several witnesses, the incredible story unfolds. After Vic suffers one too many losses, he becomes lost himself. Luckily, he is found by Mad and her group of fantastical misfits, who, after meeting him soaked in blood and clutching his father’s urn, take him in and agree to set off on a quest that is bold and transcendent.
From love, to murder, to rap music, from an orchard near Hackensack to NYC, the Kids of Appetite may have anything happen to them at any time, anywhere. The beauty is in how they handle everything that comes. They are a family, and each ‘chapter’ is a worthy story by themselves.
Unlike how I felt about Wirewalker (another 2016 YA release from Viking), I love the message of Kids of Appetite, the journey from who you are to who you will become is surprising and often awful, but it is worth every agonizing mile to make it count. Risk is necessary, but never light. It is okay to reevaluate your perspective after the rush of emotion is over. Letting go and hanging on often look and feel the same, and that is okay. There is more, but you should read it yourself to see what you take away from it.
I really enjoyed this book!
I received a review copy from the publisher through First to Read in exchange for an honest review.