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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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
Paperback, 457 pages
Published January 11th 2018 by Red Door Publishing
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Whispering Stories
Jan 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Appetite is a fascinating piece of fictional work. The plot follows three individuals who each have a different ‘appetite’,(an addiction).

Teenager David is overweight, not just slightly, but massively overweight. He is the fattest kid in school. He gets his pleasure in life from fizzy drinks, sweets and chocolate bars. Because of his size he gets bullied quite a lot, but whilst not showing any emotion on the outside, he hurts on the inside. The
Anita Gray
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Food plus sex = FANTASTIC FICTION!

*No spoilers*

Appetite is a thought provoking, delicious piece of art from Anita Cassidy that follows three individual, well-developed characters – David, who’s overweight and still lured by food; Naomi, who’s the everyday mother hungry for more than her bore of a life (who’s story alone I’d love to read time and time again); Mathew, who desires to make a difference but is torn between his wants and needs.

Appetite captivating, enticing, and before I knew it,
Alice-Elizabeth (marriedtobooks)
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REVIEW: Appetite was definitely a book out of my comfort zone. I don’t really read a lot of adult fiction and when I do, it does take a while for me to get settled since I mainly review YA. There are multiple POVs in the novel and are clearly separated out by the names of the main characters. David is a high school student, getting bullied because of his weight, Naomi works
Greyson | Use Your Words
Thank you to Netgalley for providing me an advanced reader copy in exchange for my honest review.

Today, he thought, should be a good day. Today, I am feeling unusually angry. These days, the says when he felt this rage, were the easy ones. It was the sad days he found the hardest to bear. Days when the sadness was there when he woke up in the morning and followed him until nightfall like a weary shadow. The sadness was viscous, a tar pool that pulled at him, wanting to drag him under.

Jan 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
I loved the idea of this book about food addiction. One my favourite lines is on the way to school David who is the fattest boy at the local comprehensive, he quickly grabbed a large bag of peanut M & Ms and then shuffled over to pay. He shoved them into his bag for later then he he eat a snickers bar. Oh no David hasn't finished eating yet he then eats an Aero in four quick bites. To finish off David then drinks a bottle of Coke. Break time David eats a twix and his friend James eats ...more
Jan 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Appetite not only follows the live of David but also of Naomi and Matthew. I caught on very quickly that these three parties have their own individual problems but there’s also a larger picture and they each represent a certain side to one core problem. Naomi works at VitSip, a company about to launch a new drink which contains more sugar than is desirable, Matthew takes on the role of nearly activist, he has a new friend who crusades against the big companies’ sugar production and he gets ...more
Jan 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the author for sending this my way!
Appetite by Anita Cassidy is a book all about desire and hunger, and the way it manifests in different ways within different people. It delves into what can happen when your appetite runs away from you and goes unchecked. When your yearning for something more takes over your life. And the internal struggles that we all go through in an effort to be seen and heard, wanted and loved, fulfilled and sated.

The book follows three different people
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
When we read the word "Appetite" we relate it to a desire; to food, passion, change... but do we really control the impulses to this need or the need controls us?
This is the story of David, Naomi and Matthew and how their appetite control their lives, but the question we should ask is do they want their desires controlled or they like being moved by their impulses?

This book has been an entertaining but at the same time opening eyes read, because we really don't think we pay enough attentions to
Nov 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
#APPETITE is one of the most entertaining and thought provoking books I have ever read. Tackling some difficult, and often controversial, subjects it is quite an eye opener. I’m sure everyone will relate to one of the characters or another.
My favourite character is David. I warmed to him immediately. As an overweight person myself I can relate, although my weight isn’t as extreme as David’s is portrayed to be, I can understand his relationship with food to a certain degree. My mood totally
Nicola Smith
Jan 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Appetite is the ideal title for this book.

a natural desire to satisfy a bodily need, especially for food.
"he has a healthy appetite"
synonyms: hunger, ravenousness, hungriness, need for food;

a strong desire or liking for something.
"her appetite for life"
synonyms: craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hunger, thirst, passion, relish, lust, love, zest, gusto, avidity, ardour;

We have three protagonists here. David is a 14 year old boy who is extremely overweight. He knows he overeats,
Kate Avery
Jan 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is certainly a thought-provoking book, it really makes you think about your choices in life and it can be quite sobering. What’s great about it though is that no matter the subject whether it is food, sex or change it doesn’t feel judgemental or preachy, it doesn’t say this is good or this is bad, things are presented and you can take what you want from it.

The story is told from three points of view, teenager David who is obese and has an unhealthy relationship with food and himself, Naomi
Kaisha (The Writing Garnet)
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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
Book Inspector
Jan 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
The main characters in this book were David, Naomi and Matthew, and the whole story was told from their perspectives. Even though this book was told from these three characters views, there were plenty of other, smaller, but very influential characters as well, which should not be forgotten, because I think they shaped the main characters in this novel. I am talking about David’s mom Kerri, Matthew’s girlfriend Polly and Naomi’s guilty pleasure, Mike. I loved that Anita created this very strong ...more
Paul Myers
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Ms Cassidy describes herself as a relationship radical which seems to catch her exactly. This is a fascinating read about an attractive woman approaching forty with a stale marriage and a troubled teenage son as a setting. She gets involved in computer messaging back and forth on a message thread with the younger husband of her younger good friend and colleague at work. The messaging goes from innocent friendship to something deeper and more personal and then obsessive. The younger man sort of ...more
Ruth Turner
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this gorgeous book, and despite having finished reading it weeks ago now the characters have really stayed with me. The boys in particular, but still all these weeks later I am really not sure how I feel about Naomi. The words selfish, self-serving and narcissistic spring to mind for her, which is harsh on my part because ultimately she is really just insecure and miserable and her behaviour is really only damaging herself. It's strange because I wanted to like her but I am ...more
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A great read. 3 stories in one and all on subjects that are every day battles, one of which is a taboo subject and is very much so frowned upon (but personally is slowly be coming more socially acceptable). I think anyone who reads this will relate to each of the stories in some way shape or form. I know I definitely did.

The way it is written is easy to keep track as sometimes with multiple characters the storylines can get confused. But the 2 weekly chapters keep it in focus and make it easy
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I really enjoyed this book. The three main characters, (David,Naomi and Matthew), were an interesting bunch. The book flowed very well and the characters were well developed. I finished this booki awhile ago, and the characters are still with me. Each charecter is dealing with something and to see how they deal with it, is one of the reasons to read this book. The other is it is just plain good!!! Thanks to NetGalley, the author and the publisher for the ARC of this book in return for my honest ...more
Christopher Hawkes
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
‘Appetite’ is a compulsive novel that manages to at once engage, inform and inspire. All characters are well drawn but David is particularly sympathetic, his weight and self-loathing poignantly rendered. Witty and wise, Anita Cassidy’s debut is remarkable for its sure-footed pacing and convincing characterisation. Highly recommended.
Marc Carter
Jan 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fabulous book. The characters draw you along with them for their very interesting ride. There are some truly unexpected turns and a very satisfying conclusion. The story also gives you plenty of 'food for thought', (appropriate, given the title) and I came away with a real reminder of some what is important about how we look after ourselves, both in terms of physical health and, as importantly, mental heath.

A great read!
Mercedes Hoover
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this! It kind of started off slowly but then once the family's started mixing together and everything was connected I got really into it and couldn't stop reading. I loved the different "appetites" (addictions) and the different age groups. I think it all pulled together nicely.
Christine Wild
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved reading this book. It's a quick read, in a good way. It does make you question your own desires and appetites, and I was really invested in the characters. Loved it!
Joy Corkery
Dec 12, 2017 rated it liked it
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Appetite by Anita Cassidy focuses on some of the biggest urges of mankind: food, sex and the desire for more from life. These urges are explored through the stories of three people: Naomi, a lonely housewife who embarks on an affair; David an overweight schoolboy and Matthew, an intelligent but jaded teacher.

What I loved the most about this book was Cassidy’s ability to create not only interesting characters but three
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