Kids of Appetite

By: David Arnold

I would recommend this book for ages 14 and up.



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. (Goodreads)

My Review

I don’t have too much to say about this book because I didn’t love it or hate it. I was excited to read this book because I heard that it was about a gang of orphans. While that was some what true it wasn’t at all what I was expecting and unfortunately I didn’t end up liking it. The story itself felt a bit choppy and random. The writing was also very different which probably added to how the story fit together. I started out really enjoying it but I slowly lost interest. The characters were definitely unique which was enjoyable for a little while until they started to feel a little over the top.

The plot itself was a very new idea and I don’t feel like I will ever find another book that is similar to this one. I also really enjoyed the ending. I appreciated that it tied a lot of loose ends together and ended in a pretty realistic way.


Romance: 2/5                 Stars: 2.5/5

Language: 3/5                Pages: 352

Violence: 2/5                   Buy Book Here: Amazon

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