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.
Kids of Appetite is a Super Racehorse. And here are 10 reasons why:
- “I am a mother****ing racehorse.”
- I fell in love with every single character, no matter if they were main or side characters.
- The profound statements that suddenly made sense.
- “I used to think love was bound by numbers: first kisses. Second dances, infinite heartbreaks. I used to think numbers outlasted the love itself, surviving in the dark corners of the demolished heart. I used to think love was heavy and hard. I don’t think those things anymore.”
- The way David Arnold wrote the story from being both past and present at the same time brilliantly wove the mystery throughout the plotline.
- “I didn’t much feel like talking about my past tenses either.” <– What is this beautiful phrase? Why did I not write it??
- This could have been a Breakfast Club book, but it isn’t. This book is John Green, Breakfast Club, and David Arnold’s very own mix of something special all woven into the most beautiful story you’ve ever read.
- By the end of the book, the cover AND the title both make sense. Not many books I’ve read do that.
- Allusions are freaking everywhere… but not just an allusion… it’s an… ALLUSION! David Arnold brings in facts and people from history and pop culture I never would have thought to have brought in.
- Your brain will be blown. Your heart will be shredded. Your eyes will be cried out of tears.
I chose to make an aesthetic for Mad because I connected with her character more than any other in the book. Her passion and loyalty for life and those around her brought out similar qualities in myself.
What did you think of this style of a review? Have you read David Arnold’s Mosquitoland? What are your thoughts on either of his books? Did you like the aesthetic? Let me know below in the comments!
Much love, XOXO,
~A Writer Named Charley~