Book Review: Kids of Appetite by David Arnold



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.


★★★★★(5 stars)


Ever since his father died, Vic’s life has been a total mess. With Frank, his mother’s boyfriend wanting to become Frank, the husband, life becomes even worse.

To avoid the horrors his life will face, he ran, together with his father’s ashes, leading him to meet Madeline, the girl with a story to tell and the rest of the gang.


  • Its urban-styled writing gives you the street vibe of the story. The novel is written in such a manner that it is as if you are simply having a soulful conversation with a stranger, may it be the guy sitting beside you in a bus or just simply someone else.

  • Those deep talks about life. Being a novel in the slice of life genre, Kids of Appetite is overflowing with heartfelt realities about life. It talks about how deep friendships can go, the importance of family and a whole lot more.
  • Character diversity. I love how the author maximizes the diversity in his characters. I love how realistic they are and how unique each one of them are portrayed.

  • When indie music melts into the backdrop of each scenario, its a super racehorse! I love how indie folk matches well with the mood of the novel. It makes the story a perfect travel read.


This book is one of those kinds wherein after reading, you are simply taken aback by how beautiful it is to the point where words will definitely be not enough to describe how you feel. It is a must read for lost souls who wanted to have direction in life or simply, everyone who is looking for a very sensible read.

Thank you for reading my review. I hope you’ll have a nice day.

Till my next review!


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