I feel like this review is just going to be all over the place. So many mixed feelings. So much confusion on how to word them.
Let’s talk about Kids of Appetite!
Title: Kids of Appetite
Author: David Arnold
Series Status: Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Number of Pages: 331
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In the Hackensack Police Department, Vic Benucci and his friend Mad are explaining how they found themselves wrapped up in a grisly murder. But in order to tell that story, they have to go way back…
It all started when Vic’s dad died. Vic’s dad was his best friend, and even now, two years later, he can’t bring himself to touch the Untouchable Urn of Oblivion that sits in his front hall. But one cold December day, Vic falls in with an alluring band of kids that wander his New Jersey neighbourhood, including Mad, the girl who changes everything. Along with his newfound friendships comes the courage to open his father’s urn, the discovery of the message inside, and the epic journey it sparks.
*I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Where do I even begin?
I don’t really know what to think of this book because it was just so different to anything I’ve ever read before. Whether that’s a good or a bad thing, I can’t quite make my mind up.
I enjoyed the book…but at times it was just so strange. I know David Arnold wrote Mosquitoland, and while I’ve not read that one, I’ve heard countless amount of people say it’s a bit odd. So I’m wondering if he just likes writing oddness? Now, I’m all on board for strange little oddities. But I feel like when it comes to something being a bit weird, you either fall in love with it and jump on that bandwagon before it rides away without you. OR, you sit there, appreciating the strangeness, but also…not really know what to do with it. You’ve been handed this little oddity and yet you don’t know where to place it because it doesn’t seem to have a place.
And that’s sort of how I felt with this book. While I’m all for weird and wonderful stories, sometimes little oddities are just not needed. Sometimes I’ll be given them and be left thinking “right, so I have this information…but now what do I do with it? It doesn’t seem to have a use.” It’s just there.
Maybe that’s the point. I don’t know.
See why I was hesitant to begin this review? My thoughts are scattered everywhere.
I did learn something from this book though. I learnt about Moebius Disorder. I never had a clue this existed, and it just made me so eager to read more about Vic (the main character). I wanted to understand, and gradually – to some extent – I did. Learning about the disorder, seeing how other people handled it, and just seeing how Vic functioned in everyday life fascinated me, and I felt like I could come out of this book a little bit more enlightened than before. Which I really appreciate.
I do have to say, this book gave me a John Green-esque sort of feel when it came to the characters though. Teenagers, but not the average sort. The sort who are way more philosophical about life and take to words reaaallllyyyy strongly. The sort who live by quotes and manifestos and don’t live the “normal way”. I think that may be why I didn’t attach to them as much as I’d have hoped too, because the same happened with John Green’s characters too. I don’t know. I don’t usually compare books to each other, but that link I just can’t seem to get rid of, and that’s the best way I can describe the characters.
“We are all part of the same story, each of us different chapters. We may not have the power to choose setting or plot, but we can choose what kind of character we want to be.”
I think my favourite thing about this book is the little snippets of police interviews at the beginning of each chapter. It hinted that something more had happened. It raised your suspicions, tried to throw you off. It made the book just that little bit more gripping, made you turn the pages that little bit faster just to find out what the hell is going on.
And speaking of pages turning faster, I went through this book so quickly! I’m still surprised by how quick it is to read. It’s almost like you get caught up in the rough and tumble gang of kids and march your way through the days with them.
So I did enjoy this book. It was different, but sort of in a refreshing way. Sometimes you just need something different, you know? And while I couldn’t quite wrap my head around all the little oddities and the characters themselves, I flew through this book, and was satisfied come the end.
Rated 3/5 stars
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