Review: Kids of Appetite

Posted September 21, 2016

I received this book for free from bookbridgr, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: Kids of Appetite Kids Of Appetite by David Arnold
Published by Headline on 20th September 2016
Genres: YA
Format: Paperback
Source: bookbridgr, Publisher

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.


Vic’s best friend was his Dad. His Dad seemed to ‘get’ Moebius syndrome and Vic’s life with it, but he’s been dead for the past two years. Vic’s Mum seems to be trying to move on with her life. It’s her moving on that prompts Vic to do something he’s been unable to do so far – touch his father’s urn. This sparks a series of events that will not only lead him to discover more about his parents, but lead to his meeting a group of kids who each have their own stories to tell. It’s also how Vic meets Mad.

We begin each chapter with a police interview. There has been a murder and the police are trying to decipher what Vic knows about it. To tell his story he has to go back in time and recount the last eight days.

The story is told from two perspectives – Vic and Mad. It’s through them that we uncover the details of the murder and the events preceding it.

I thoroughly enjoyed Kids Of Appetite.  I have been meaning to pick up David Arnold’s debut Mosquitoland for quite some time now and having read this, his second novel, I’m most definitely going to get my hands on a copy!

I’m not sure I can adequately convey the depth of this book. There is so much more to it than the mystery of the murder – although let me tell you, I didn’t actually figure out the mystery myself! There’s loss, fear, illness, the naivety of youth and simultaneously the loss of childhood innocence. There’s understanding, orphans, refugees, bullying, new relationships, friendship and family.

In truth, there are so many layers to this book. It will undoubtedly make you laugh (the lettuce wrap in particular made me chuckle), it’ll educate you, make you think, consider life and perhaps even cry. Arnold’s concepts and way with words is striking, and the characters in this novel are incredibly memorable.

I refuse to give you any more details as this book is a journey in itself. My vague description will have to be enough to convince you to take this trip – it’s stunning!