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The Kid Table by Andrea Seigel
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Mar 29, 11

bookshelves: realistic-fiction, ya-fiction, contemporary-fiction, reviewed
Read from March 07 to 29, 2011

The whimsical cover art is what first drew this book to my attention, but the story and characters are what eventually held it.

Ingrid Bell is one of 7 cousins in a large extended family that are forced to sit at the "kids table" at family gatherings despite the fact that most of them are nearly out of high school. Since none of her cousins have other siblings they have developed very close relationships with each other and often relate to each other as if they were brothers and sisters. Each cousin has his or her own issues that they are dealing with. Cricket has developed an eating disorder, Micah is desperately trying to find a way to showcase his uniqueness, Dom is trying to work up the nerve to come out to the family, and Brianne is trying to prove herself as a psychology student. The story follows the family over the course of a year with each section of the book taking place over a different family celebration. Most of the story involves the relationship that Brianne and her new boyfriend Trevor have and the growing attraction that Ingrid has to Trevor.

Although the story gets a little confusing and many of the supporting characters get lost in the mix, the overall experience of this book is a positive one.
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