#BlogTour #Review ~ Appetite by Anita Cassidy @AnitaCassidy76 @RedDoorBooks

I’m absolutely thrilled to be back after the ‘holidays’ and start off 2018 with the ‘Appetite’ blog tour. This is a brilliant book, slightly different but refreshingly illuminating. 🙂 x

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…

Out on 11th January, you can pre-order  Here

I am a writer, a relationship radical, a mother, a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend. I am also a lover of old books, new music and (mostly) clean food. Whilst I understand the limitations of labels, I do identify as bi-sexual, polyamorous, kinky. Above all else, I am curious about everything: about life, about learning and about love.

I have been writing fiction and non-fiction since discovering National Novel Writing Month in 2012. Before that I was a sales manager and trainer in the world of regional press and recruitment advertising. I have two wonderful children and divide my time between London and Kent.

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My Review

As soon as I spotted this book I was absolutely fascinated, the whole concept about what your personal appetite might entail. All three subjects are potentially full of controversy but also multi-layered to the extent that there must be so many views.

Appetite covers sex, food and change .. all areas that have had some influence on my life at various points which enabled me to fully embrace the story and relate quite strongly to the characters. 

David, the ‘fat’ kid, Naomi the ‘bored’ woman and Matthew the ‘unsure’ teacher. While these are the main people involved they all have family/friends playing a huge part and I like the way that all are connected to some degree that makes it feel totally ‘normal’. Appetite gives an insight into how ordinary folk going about their daily lives interact with each other as well as deal with internal conflict.

The message of the fat boy who shovels food into his face could easily have been cliched the author though has cleverly woven a valid research eating change of life plan into it that actually explains the biology behind obesity. Should we feel sorry for the child’s mother for feeding him this way while she deals with her own issues or can we blame advertising? Discuss!

I didn’t particularly bond with Matthew at the start but as the book progresses and his want/need to change to be a positive role model, particularly for David endeared him to me.

Naomi was the lady who intrigued me the most, on one hand I could relate completely to her feelings of excitement and the craziness of an internet liaison but on the flip-side wanted to shake her and point out she has a husband and son who need her. At times she was incredibly selfish and I’m quite annoyed at myself for slightly condoning her behaviour while I could see it made her ‘happy’. Perhaps it wasn’t what she bargained for but it made for great reading and the author completely ‘got’ her actions and emotions down to a fine art. 

Were all these characters weak willed or did they actually have an addiction to their respective desires? It’s a book that keeps you engrossed, opens your eyes and certainly makes you think. I suspect it’s going to be one of those books that each reader identifies with at least one character and even if you have no personal experience of the feelings it’s highly entertaining. It’s also a contender for re-reading, because even though I know the outcome I think there is plenty of information in it that would be helpful next time round.

Appetite is a refreshing change to a lot of books I have read lately and I really look forward to what Anita writes next.

Thanks to the author, publisher and Anna for my copy. I read and reviewed voluntarily.

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2 thoughts on “#BlogTour #Review ~ Appetite by Anita Cassidy @AnitaCassidy76 @RedDoorBooks

  1. Appetite sounds like a uniqueand fascinating read. I adore the cover. Thanks for the heads-up, Ali.

  2. Welcome back and Happy New Year, Ali.
    This book sounds just up my street. I love books that explore human nature and you review has definitely tempted me to treat myself to some time off and a read 🙂

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