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The Kid Table

3.42  ·  Rating details ·  623 Ratings  ·  116 Reviews
It's there at every family event. A little smaller, collapsible, and decked out with paper napkins because you can't be trusted with the good ones. But you're stuck there. At the Kid Table. Because to them- to the adults- you're still a kid.

Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are in exactly this situation. Never mind the fact that high school is almost over. They're s
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Published (first published August 2nd 2010)
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Oct 07, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-ya
Meh-- great premise, haphazard execution.

7 only children, cousins & 2nd cousins to one another, are followed over the course of a year at various family events. It read like she was checking items off a list: anorexia introduced, anorexia solved; alcoholism introduced, alcoholism solved; coming out issues introduced, coming out issues solved.

Reading other reviews, folks seem to be quite fond of this author. Perhaps if I had started with something else, I would have felt differently about t
Jan 18, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very unusual and quirky coming of age novel. Ingrid Bell and her 5 teenage cousins are always stuck at the kid table during family events. Framing this story are 5 family events that bring Ingrid and her cousins together. Ingrid tells the story in first person narrative and she is quite a unique character, to say the least. Ingrid tends to see things from a very detached perspective, not wearing her emotions on her sleeve. She also is quite good at manipulating others to get what she w ...more
Sep 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
I'm not sure what qualifies as "young adult" these days, since some of my favorite traditionally adult writers can now be found embracing this genre (e.g. Sherman Alexie), and forty-year-olds now await the release of the next Harry Potter or Twilight book as eagerly as their very own children. Whatever the case, Seigel's third novel is her best yet. You won't find any vampires or Quidditch rulebooks here, just Ingrid, a wise-beyond-her-years teenager who is grappling with the usual growing pains ...more
Joelle Anthony
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book a lot. A LOT! I read it in two sittings...about 2/3 of it in one night, and the rest the next. Normally, I don't write a lot of reviews, but I feel like I have something to say about this one.

First off, the whole time I was reading it, it seemed like an adult book to me, not young adult, so I wasn't too surprised to find out at the end that the author writes for adults and this was her first YA. I actually think maybe it was mis-marketed as a YA. Using that tried and true conve
Sep 17, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Andrea Seigel has a way of writing from the perspective of young women that is refreshingly real and like no one else I've read before. Her characters are flawed, but oh-so-likable. I relate to them in ways that actually make me feel a little uncomfortable. More uncomfortable still, her characters are far wittier than I am, quick on their feet, , wry, intelligent, and uniquely themselves. Ingrid Bell, the protagonist of The Kid Table, is no exception. Her relationship with her cousins and the re ...more
Pamela Ribon
Jun 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I saved it for the plane to DC. Can't wait to devour it today!

.... later, after finishing: Hooray! Andrea has done it again. Smart, funny characters who take you along for their ride without worrying you aren't keeping up. Pop culture fun with a teenaged cast of family members who know each other so well they have no choice but to almost destroy each other's lives. I can't wait to send a copy to my favorite 15-year old.
Cheryl Klein
Aug 17, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, fiction
I’ve always loved reading Andrea Seigel’s work for her style and worldview, one which recognizes life’s absurdities and longs for connection in spite of it all. Reading this book, I realized she also has a habit of writing farcical situations in wryly observed, realistic detail. It’s like David Copperfield suddenly deciding to do close-up magic, maybe.

For example, there’s a scene in The Kid Table in which narrator Ingrid’s cousin Dom recounts what he may need to do to a hot bartender dressed as
Ingrid, a teenager meets an older guy, Trevor at her family party. She wonders why he is there because her family tends to get a little crazy at times, and because he seems like a good, regular guy. Ingrid really likes him, until she finds out that Trevor is her oldest cousin, Brianne’s boyfriend. What makes it worse is that Ingrid doesn’t really like Brianne. Besides Ingrid liking Trevor and not knowing what to do while he is around at her family gatherings, this book is about Ingrid and her co ...more
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was wonderful and crazy! In the beginning I was a little confused because I didn't know how old Ingrid was and there were so many characters. I later learned by reading the acknowledgments that Andrea put a family tree of her characters in the beginning of the book because her dad disliked how many characters her books have. It was actually a big help and referred to it multiple times.

This book made me think of my family and always being at "The Kid Table" when we were all younger. I
The Kid Table has been there for generations, always there, and these kids always have to be there. They can't seem to get out of the table and treated like an kid with their relatives. It's weird because when I read this book, I was thinking that the adults in my family sit on the floor or "The Kid Table" while my cousins and big sister and I sit at a fancy big table or the so-called "The Adult Table". But for this book it featured a lot of things that made if seem NOT like YA at all. It's odd ...more
Picked this up as an ARC from ALA, on the strength of her first book (Like the Red Panda) and hoping it would make up for the forgettable To Feel Stuff. Publisher said this is her first actual YA book.

And... meh. I enjoyed it, but it's nothing I feel compelled to add to my library's collection or recommend all that strongly. Story and pacing were good, characters were good, but I never really engaged with the book.

Also, this doesn't read like a teen book to me--more a book for 20-somethings.
Jul 13, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be completely honest, I wasn't expecting much when I first opened this book. I was in a rush at the library and just picked it up from only having skimmed the blurb. Well, my expectations were proven to be correct. For a number of reasons, this book was a waste of time.

There were so many unnecessary scenes and pieces of dialogue that I assumed would have importance by the end of the book but never did. Not to mention various mini plots that were never solved or concluded, some of which were
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a teen myself, this book really showed me how diverse everyone is and that each person has their own hardships, some harder than others. I would recommend my friends to read this book so they can see life through the eyes of this family!
Aimee Ferguson
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews
This book disappointed me. I was really excited by the premise and the excerpt I read, about the kids table following them around from place to place but no one knowing how it got there. I'm wary when books need to start with family trees, because it generally means lots of flicking back to the family table to work out how character x fits in, which isn't really all that enjoyable.

The humour in this book was at times really funny. I loved the lines of wit and the way the narrator described thing
Feb 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, ya, 2011
Ingrid Bell and her cousins have marked their lives through family events at which they are sat at the kid table. This table appears at all family functions, and the six cousins are so close-knit and get along so well that they’ve never really minded being segregated from the adult table. But when Brianne gets seated at the adult table at a family function, the rest of the cousins are left to wonder what it was that suddenly distinguished her from the rest of them. As Ingrid deals with the pains ...more
I really wanted to love this book. From the description give here, it sounded like the kind of book I've been enjoying recently. But I found myself skimming over a lot of the narrative and wishing the book was about a hundred pages shorter. It just wouldn't keep my attention up as much as I'd hoped.

Broken up by family events, this was as much the family's story as it was Ingrid's. We did not get to meet anyone else outside of family scenes and we did not get to follow the main character through
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for

Alright, I'll admit it, a book with mac and cheese on the cover grabs my attention.'s a weakness I have grown to accept. My gluttonous desires aside, here's a review of THE KID TABLE by Andrea

The cousins have been sitting at the Kid Table for as long as they can remember. They've had a lot of fun sitting off to the side of the grownups' table over the years. The thing is, most of the "kids" are bordering on being gr
Oct 08, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve said it here before, and I’ll probably rave again – I’m a fantasy geek. I love escaping the here-and-now and experiencing the only-in-someone’s-wildest-imaginings. BUT. Every once and a while contemporary fiction punches me in the gut. In a good way, if you can picture that. Well, never mind, I can’t either. I meant to infer that there’s something so very raw and honest and mirror-like about it that you can’t help but be caught up, moved, and possibly even changed forever. Andrea Seigel’s n ...more
The Kid Table is told over five family events where Ingrid and her cousins are sent to sit at the kid table. However, the only appropriate "kid" is Katie who is 4. The rest of the cousins are 15 or older. For some reason I was reminded of my husband's family because the majority of "cousins" in his family are the same age.
All the cousins are still forced to sit at a kiddie table to which they've resigned themselves too. Until the balance is shifted when Brianne, the eldest of the cousins brings
Cristah Cochran
So, in Ingrid's family, there's this table. Travelling seemingly unnoticed to the various family events that take place each year, it's been dubbed The Kid Table, and Ingrid and five of her closest cousins have gathered that table for years.

There's Brianne, the oldest of the group who's studying Psychology at Pepperdine University and spends every spare second psychoanalyzing every person she comes in contact with.

There's Dom, who's gay, only he's never come out to anyone other than the members
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
The Little Bookworm

Despite being close to high school graduation, Ingrid is still assigned to the kid table with her cousins all about her age except for her four year cousin. When one of the cousins is suddenly assigned to the adult table, Ingrid and the other cousins try to figure out where the status of kid ends and adult begins.

I'm not sure how to express my love for this book. Because I really and truly loved it. There was just so much I related to and so much realness in this book.

I have a
The Rainbow Zebra
Jun 29, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's sat at The Kid Table
Recommended to The Rainbow Zebra by: Good Golly Miss Holly
Read & Reviewed for the "Good Golly Miss Holly" ARC Book Tour (http://goodgollymisshollybooks.blogsp...)

The Kid Table. Where you were relegated to eat with kids, even if you were old enough to drive. In my case, The Kid Table also extends to those who have little kids (and your seat may be exchangable with a Grandma). Love the seating or hate it, Andrea Seigel's first foray into Young Adult literature evokes those memories through the eyes of an only child, Ingrid. Through Bar Mitzvahs, Than
Bethany Miller
2.5 stars

For Ingrid and her five teenage cousins, the kid table, which is somehow present at every family gathering, is a constant reminder that the rest of their family still considers them children. When Ingrid’s cousin Brianne gets upgraded to the adult table, the rest of the cousins wonder if it’s because of her status as a college student or the fact that she now has a serious boyfriend. The upgrade occurs at Uncle Kurt’s bar mitzvah, where Ingrid and her cousins (except for Brianne) are se
Jan 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did the table originate, when are you old enough for the adult table, and how does the table get to one house to the next? These are all questions asked by “kids” stuck at The Kid Table. This book tells the story of Iagrid, a seventeen year old stuck at the kid table with her cousins. She begins to question the kid table when her cousin who is only a few years older get to move to the adult table. She begins to examine the family dynamics, secrets, and the one man that could be her true fir ...more
Matt Mead Teen Programming Specialist
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 co
Dec 28, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In her first book for young adults, Andrea Siegel takes a fresh approach to exploring the loving, dysfunctional/ functional family and our protagonist's role within it. All the action takes place at 5 family events throughout the year, a Bar Mitzvah, Thanksgiving, New Year's Brunch, a pool Party and a Wedding, making it seem, as often feels the case at large family events, as though all the time and activity outside of family events is irrelevant.. Ingrid is the second oldest of the 7 cousins wh ...more
Sep 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
i have to read this, it has a character named cricket.
i read it and quite liked it, but i'm not really sure this is a teen book. although the main character, ingrid, is purported to be in high school, there is nothing about her character, behavior, or the story that makes her believable as a high school student. she might as well be a young woman in her 20s who still lives with her parents. the family tree in the front of the book also seemed unnecessarily complicated. why so many different se
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't remember the hows or whys, but I ended up with a free Kindle version. It's been sitting in my phone in case of emergency, like a frozen lasagna in the back of the freezer. Not to mix metaphors too much, but like finding $20 in your pocket, this book didn't change my life, but it sure did make me smile.

Why hasn't this been made into a movie?

Darkly funny at times, laugh out loud funny at others, and chock-full of heading-nodding insights and nuggets of wisdom, this was a delightful read. I
Sep 01, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kid Table is about a girl named Ingrid and her huge family. Ingrid is faced with tons of drama everytime she gos to a family get together. The drama starts when Brianne, Ingrids cousin, bring her boyfriend Trevor to Ingrids uncles barmizfa. Trevor, knowing that Ingrid is Briannes cousin, flirts with Ingrid, causeing up comeing dramam for the rest of the book. In the end of the book, on Briannes and Trevors wedding day, Brianne admits to cheating on Trevor which comes as a huge shock. This bo ...more
Jul 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to get one more book in before my summer class starts and I am forced to read a bunch of stuff that I never wanted to. This was a really good choice and it bums me out that this book isn't more popular.

The family in this book is highly dysfunctional and yet so easy to love. They are everyone's family and at the same time, no one's family. It is told from the perspective of Ingrid Bell, one of six cousins. The story focuses on major events within the year, celebrated by the family as a
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ANDREA SEIGEL is the author of two novels for adults, Like the Red Panda and To Feel Stuff, as well as the YA novel, The Kid Table, and the forthcoming YA novel, Everybody Knows Your Name, co-written with Brent Bradshaw. In September 2014 A24 will release the film Laggies, written by Seigel, directed by Lynn Shelton, and starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz, and Sam Rockwell. She lives in South ...more
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