How’s your appetite this morning?
It’s TWG’s turn on Anita Cassidy’s blog tour for ‘Appetite’, a novel which highlights the fact that every single person as an appetite for something. Thank you to RedDoorBooks for the blog tour invite, and for sending an ARC of the book. Here is my review:
Because everyone hungers for something…
Food and Sex: two appetites the modern world stimulates, but also the ones we are expected to keep under control. But what happens when we don’t?
Embarking on an affair, lonely wife and mother Naomi blossoms sexually in a false spring while David, the fattest boy at the local comprehensive and best friend of her son, struggles to overcome bullying and the apathy of his divorced mother.
David finally starts to learn about the mechanisms of appetite through a science project set by his intelligent but jaded teacher, Matthew. David’s brave efforts to change himself open Matthew’s eyes to his activist girlfriend’s dangerous plans to blow up VitSip, a local energy-drink company where Naomi works.
At the mercy of their appetites, this exciting debut novel shows that some hungers can never be satisfied…
What does TWG think?
When you have a book cover with a bright pink lolly on the front alongside the words, ‘Appetite’, I dare any one of you not to be intrigued by it. Those two reasons alone made me want to read this book something chronic. I wanted to sink my teeth into Anita Cassidy’s debut novel. Did Anita Cassidy’s ‘Appetite’ fulfil MY appetite? To be perfectly honest, I’m still sitting on the fence with my answer. That said, the very important themes which the author discusses throughout the entire novel certainly gave me a lot of food for thought…
Food, bullying, divorce, sexual needs…..what more could you want from a book? ‘Appetite’ reminded me of a three course meal; the slow burning starter, just enough to tickle your fancy, the deep and meaningful main course which keeps you wanting more yet satisfies a certain amount of that ravishing hunger, and lastly, the tantalising dessert which is often a guilty pleasure and full of things you wouldn’t normally eat and/or enjoy. Catch my drift?
Even though there were parts of this novel which made me go ‘errrrrrrr, what?!’, I was able to relate to the storyline surrounding the topics of bullying and self-awareness. I am so glad that the author included such complex topics into her storyline, exploring them in such a black and white manner like the harsh reality that they are.
Whilst I still felt a bit hungry after reading ‘Appetite’, I still was able to appreciate exactly what the author was trying to do with her characters and the parts they played in tell the story of hunger, and how every single person yearns for something in one way or another. As the story is told via three different viewpoints, I found myself enjoying certain characters stories as opposed to all of them. In all honesty, I didn’t seem to gel with them all together as one complete story because they were all so different and in my opinion, quite mismatched in terms of the flow.
That said, I was thoroughly entertained with ‘Appetite’ as, even though it didn’t whet my appetite as much as I would have liked, I was still incredibly impressed with the authors ‘ballsy’ writing and the fact that she has thought ‘stuff it’ to society.
A very cleverly written, eye-opening novel which will either satisfy your hunger or give you food for thought with this unique portrayal of everything society isn’t.
‘Appetite’ can be bought now from Amazon