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Kids of Appetite

by David Arnold

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Kids of Appetite by David Arnold
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2016
    352 pages
    Genre: Novels

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The bestselling author of Mosquitoland brings us another batch of unforgettable characters in this tragicomedy about first love and devastating loss.

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.

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Arnold's eccentric sophomore novel is heavy on heart, with moments of transcendence and hilarity, but the over saturation of characters prevents the individual voices from truly singing. Edible, even if it's not delicious.

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"Starred Review. Arnold writes with a Hinton-esque depth and rawness, building Mad and Vic's stories with practiced patience." - Publishers Weekly

"Bloodthirsty readers drawn to the murder element, be warned. This novel is for "heart-thinkers." Darkness and complexity swirl beneath the surface, as each KOA member copes with personal traumas. At times it feels like Arnold has too many balls in the air, but philosophical teens drawn to themes of belonging will revel in his latest." - Booklist

"The writing is lush and lovely, but those seeking a fast-paced or compelling plot should look elsewhere. An additional purchase for YA library collections. Grade 8 and up." - School Library Journal

"This tale of kids dealing with horrific situations is at times almost fantastical in its romanticism and is realized through the employ of spot-on pacing and lovely wordsmithing. Sophisticated teen readers will love this." - Kirkus

"A gorgeous, insightful, big-hearted joy of a book. Kids of Appetite made me fall in love with the world a little bit more." - Nicola Yoon, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Everything, Everything

"Kids of Appetite is one of the most honest, emotional, human books I have ever read. You will feel it. This one's a life-changer." - Becky Albertalli, Morris Award–winning author of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

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David Arnold Author Biography

David Arnold is the author of Mosquitoland and Kids of Appetite. Previous jobs include freelance musician/producer, stay-at-home dad, and preschool teacher. He is a fierce believer in the power of kindness and community. And chips. He believes fiercely in chips.

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