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Welcome to the next stop on the blog tour for Kids of Appetite by David Arnold. I kept hearing amazing things about Arnold’s debut, Mosquitoland, but it’s still on my TBR. #bloggerfail I knew I couldn’t let Kids of Appetite go by without reading it so of course I jumped at the chance to be on the tour 🙂
About the Book:
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.
Oh man. I was in such a YA reading slump before starting this book. Like, it had been over a month since I’d read a YA book! That is super crazy for me. Thankfully, Kids of Appetite totally broke that slump. I was captivated from page one.
The characters were so incredibly compelling. They drew me into the story and I simply couldn’t put it down until I had read the last page. I just wanted to spend time with them and learn each of their stories. They very quickly went straight to my heart.
The book switches between the present and flashbacks of the recent past. This builds up the suspense and had me simultaneously wanting to know what was going to happen, as well as what had already happened. I was completely wrapped up in the story.
Basically I just fell in love with Kids of Appetite. I loved David Arnold’s storytelling style and the characters he created. Reading this book has certainly shot Mosquitoland to the top of my TBR!