When I started reading Kids of Appetite, I expected a forgettable storyline and cheesy teenage romance, but I was pleasantly surprised. The Kids of Appetite, consisting of Vic, Mad, Baz, Zuz and Coco are your classic example of a ragtag group of misfits just trying to find their way in the world. Each character has something you just have to love about them. Throughout the book I was really able to feel Vic's pain and frustration with his mom and his father's death. Though Vic has Moebius Syndrome, he doesn't let that stop him from being a regular kid and looking at the positive in life. I loved Mad's backstory and how it made her stronger as an individual. In whatever scenes they're in, Coco, Zuz and Baz add their own personality and humor to make this book anything but boring. I especially loved the ending with Vic and his mom. Would recommend to anyone looking for a new YA novel. 4 Stars
@Ruby_Tuesday of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board
Though I'd expected a light read with a sweet but overall forgettable plot line, I fell in love with a book that is so much more. Kids of Appetite gives insight into the neurological condition Moebius Syndrome, but it doesn't sacrifice plot or character depth either. While some similar books about characters with illnesses, disorders, conditions, etc. can make the book feel educational rather than emotional, in this book the protagonist's Moebius Syndrome was merely one facet of his incredible personality. His condition was a part of him, but it wasn't his identity. Additionally, the characters were very diverse and captivating, leaving me with a craving for books centred around each of them. Kids of Appetite is insightful and complex, with a plot that is simultaneously heartwarming and fast-paced. Emotional and intense, this is the kind of book that will stay with me forever. (5 stars)
- @amiwrite of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
A group of homeless kids get caught up in an investigation of murder. The leader of their group has been accused of killing the abusive uncle of Madeline. As the story moves between chapters of Madeline and Victor’s police interrogation to chapters telling what lead up to the murder. It isn’t until the end that you see why Madeline and Victor have drug out the police interviews as long as they could. It’s also a great story showing that there’s more to people than we think, and kindness can be repaid in wonderful ways.
This is a quirky, fun, murder mystery that really brings out the strength and courage of young people. I love the combination of characters, and how diverse this cast is. Vic and Mad's relationship is not so overwhelming that this book is chick-lit. Rather, it's a book of growth, and standing up for the right things in life.
“They lived and they laughed and they saw that it was good.”
Kids of Appetite is a quirky contemporary YA, filled with heart. Oh man, this book has so much heart! It’s about found families, all kinds of love, and growing up. The story is told in alternating chapters from two characters, and alternating timelines--but it’s not hard to follow, just enough to keep you guessing. Definitely give this book a shot if you enjoy contemporary YA--and extra recommendation if you love John Green or Andrew Smith! (Warning: I did tear up. Just a little bit.)
This could be a good fit if you like quirky and realistic stories. The characters are interesting, and the framing of the story works really well, I think. That said, this really isn't my genre. I very, VERY rarely enjoy realistic YA. What kept me reading until the end is being a sucker for the families we make for ourselves, since this whole story is one big epic tale of a found family. I will read anything if it gives me a taste of that trope!
Honestly my new favourite book. It's kind of personal for me though, because like the main character, my sister has Moebius Syndrome. So every other year, we go to conferences - Moebius Syndrome Conferences - and I meet so many people with it. This book is so accurate and I love it
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