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The Kids Are Gonna Ask

3.55  ·  Rating details ·  438 ratings  ·  154 reviews
A whip-smart, entertaining novel about twin siblings who become a national phenomenon after launching a podcast to find the biological father they never knew.

The death of Thomas and Savannah McClair’s mother turns their world upside down. Raised to be fiercely curious by their grandmother Maggie, the twins become determined to learn the identity of their biological father.
ebook, 336 pages
Published July 28th 2020 by Park Row
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Sharon I don't think it's a rip off (different fonts), I think it's similar, as was Ask Again Yes to Little Fires Everywhere. These family-type dramas go wel…moreI don't think it's a rip off (different fonts), I think it's similar, as was Ask Again Yes to Little Fires Everywhere. These family-type dramas go well with covers that make us look down at neighbourhoods from a height, we're literally observing the families from afar just by looking at this type of cover. The Atlantic had an interesting article a few years ago about the minimalist trend on covers, that might give you some insight into why certain cover choices are made - - this just seems to be the popular choice for family drama right now!(less)
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Jun 09, 2020 rated it liked it
Twins Thomas and Savannah McClair are being raised by their grandmother, Maggie after losing their Mother when they were just thirteen.

They never knew who their father was.

Maggie tries to keep everyone’s spirits up, by having guests over for Friday dinners. They gather at her bright red, 120 year old dining room table, passed down from generation to generation.

Her great grandmother was taught that “men carried the conversation, and women the dishes.”

Her grandmother, told her, upon inheriting
DJ Sakata
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Chef Bart served a buffet of appetizers and created a new cocktail called the “Truth Hurts”—one-part whiskey, three parts Fireball, and served in a glass rimmed with habanero pepper oil… He handed Maggie the inaugural glass. “You’re either swallowing fire or breathing it.”

George used to accuse her of being part earthworm— always making her way into the sun but forgetting how easily she wilted. “What am I going to do the day I come home to find you all shriveled up on the sidewalk
Jul 25, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
3 podcast stars

This coming of age/family drama stars a fractured family, twin teen siblings are being raised by their grandmother and they fill much of their time with a podcast from their basement studio. When they decide to find their biological dad, things go viral in a big way. The family is sucked into the nasty world of media and the drive for fame. This quest for biological parentage may resonate with some readers and be a trigger for others.

I did enjoy most of the characters in this one,
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Seventeen-year-old twins Savannah and Thomas McClair lost their mom in a car accident four years ago but thankfully still have their grandma Maggie, whom they adore. Now that they’re getting older, Savannah and Thomas begin to wonder more about their biological father’s identity. Their mom never told anyone-including Maggie-who he was.
With Maggie’s blessing the siblings begin producing a podcast called The Kids Are Gonna Ask, in which they give listeners the details they know about their mom aro
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Twin siblings Savanna andThomas searching for their biological father using their podcast. After losing their mother Savanna and Thomas are living with their grandmother and decide it is time to figure out who their biological father is. The twins bring it to their podcast that ends up going viral. There was a definite young adult feel to the story, because most of it is told from the twins perspectives. I did like both of these characters and really enjoyed the podcast episode spri
Renee Rosen
Nov 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Totally original, filled with quirky and heartfelt characters that leap off the page. "The Kids Are Gonna Ask" explores the complexities of familial love and the search for a biological father that quickly escalates into a national controversy. Gretchen Anthony has her pen on the pulse of today’s social media culture and delivers a page-turning novel that could very well go viral. ...more
Robin Loves Reading
Thomas and Savannah have experienced great loss in their lives. They lost their mother when they were thirteen and are being raised by their grandmother for the past few years. What is more is that they never knew their father - or anything about him. The siblings, twins actually, decide to launch a search for him, and they utilize what proves to be a very successful podcast in order to find him with hopes of their father becoming a part of their lives.

Their grandmother Maggie is a truly wonderf
May 04, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley, kindle
Thank you to NetGalley for an ARC of The Kids Are Gonna Ask.

My reading preferences tend toward the mysterious, horrifying, macabre genres, but the premise of The Kids Are Gonna Ask sounded intriguing and I was looking for something different to read so I was pleased when my request was approved.

** Minor spoilers ahead **

After the untimely death of their mother, the McClair twins use social media as a way to find their biological father.

With the help of their hip grandmother, Maggie, a
Genevieve Trono
This book grabbed my attention right from the start but quickly lost me. I loved the unique storyline, interesting characters, and play on today’s social and viral tendencies. It may have been timing but this book started to miss the mark for me about 1/3 of the way through. The story became a little hard to follow and I found my attention wandering. I wanted to love this book, and while I loved the idea of it, it didn’t end up as a favorite for me.

Thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin for an adv
Apr 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review-copy
Savannah and Thomas McClair are seventeen year old twins who live with their Grandmother, Maggie. They host a podcast featuring an eclectic mix of dinner guests at Maggie's infamous get-togethers - but one guest will change the course of their podcast, and indeed their lives.

When Savannah & Thomas launch a new podcast seeking to find their biological father, many issues arise - privacy, morality, the treatment of women in media, viral culture, loyalty and trust to name a few.

I loved this. I lo
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The premise of this entertaining novel is simple: teen twins Savannah and Thomas are being raised by Maggie, their maternal grandmother. Their mother died when they were twelve and they've never known who their father is so they decide to find out. Instead of going the usual route of a DNA test, they create a podcast series that ends up gaining a viral social media following. With visibility comes notoriety and things get so out of hand that it nearly ruins their lives. Even worse, it could upen ...more
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
This had an interesting premise but I didn't like the execution or the writing and I didn't care about the characters. I got around halfway through it before completely losing interest. ...more
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Kid Are Gonna Ask is a fun, quick read. It's suitable for young adults and adults. I enjoyed the way Gretchen Anthony used different communication formats to move the story along: text chats, phone messages, emails, letters, pod casts, and, of course, dialogue. All forms seemed seamless and natural as I read.

I liked the McClair family, and Sam Tamblin was a fun villain to root against. This was a gentle and fun story about the serious subject of finding your roots.

I was provided an ARC thr
Karen Germain
Aug 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Harlequin Trade Publishing for providing me with a copy of Gretchen Anthony’s novel, The Kids are Gonna Ask, in exchange for an honest review.

Seventeen-year-old twins, Thomas and Savannah McClair, have been raised by their grandmother, Maggie, after their mom was killed in a tragic accident. Their mom, Bess never told them who their father was, a secret that she kept from everyone.

The twins have started a podcast where they invite dinner guests into their home, and interview them o
Jul 27, 2020 rated it liked it
What started out as a really fun book to read kind of ended flat for me since there was little conflict, the plot didn’t seem fully developed and the characters were either eccentric to the max or not fully revealed. The premise was that Thomas and Savannah McClair are teens living with their permissive grandmother Maggie since their mom was killed in a terrible accident. The precocious twins decide to find their bio-father via their podcast. They research, interview people who knew their mom an ...more
Kerry Anne King
Aug 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: women-s-fiction
This book delivers on the promise of a fun read, but there is so much more to it than that! Teenage twins step into a landmine of emotions when they begin a public quest for their biological father via a highly publicized podcast. For both of them, as well as their grandmother, digging into the past for clues to the identity of their father also opens unhealed wounds around their mother's death. As media attention grows and they attract increasing attention from haters and trolls, the relationsh ...more
Julie Harvey
Dec 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The wonders of the internet and social media. Enjoyable book.
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
My review will appear in Booklist!
Donna Hines
Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, netgalley
Genetics is a powerful response to uncovering truths about your physical makeup.
Knowing where you came from & how you came about can have lasting consequences to your medical profile.
The kids in this case -Thomas and Savannah- want to know one thing upon their mom's death and that answer could change the life they've come to know.
Maggie the strong willed grandma is on the case but she can only offer so much so the obvious is take it online and they did.
The podcast grew in spirit and power and an
Jun 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I wish to thank Net Galley and the Publisher Harlequin – Trade Park Row for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book. I have voluntarily read and am reviewing it.
All thoughts and opinions are my own.

This book really touched my heart. It is written in a way that fully reflects the internal turmoil of a search for family roots. It begins with a set of 17 year old twins eager to learn the identity of their biological father. At the age of 13 their mother suddenly dies in a tragic accident
Amber Brooks Bowie
Rating: 2.5 stars

The Kids Are Gonna Ask follows the story of these twins, Savannah and Thomas, who live with their grandmother, Maggie after their mother's death. From the beginning of the book, the twins set out to find their biological father. This sounds like a recipe for disaster, right? Well... as a result, they find themselves (and their podcast) gaining popularity, AND they accomplish their mission. Follow along for the aftermath of them setting out to find their dad.

Personally, this book
Jeffrey Chassen
I enjoyed the setup for this book - I think it was interesting, and topical. It sounds like a podcast that could absolutely be made today. But there were some story points that just didnt work for me. I didnt understand why there would be such a public backlash about paternal privacy. I also felt like the backstory with the mom's high school boyfriend wasn't fleshed out enough. I would have liked to see more development with the relationship between Maggie and Bart, and I would have loved to kno ...more
May 29, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway.

This novel is about twin siblings whose mom dies before telling them who their biological dad is so they start a podcast to find him. I love podcasts and I love books with a podcase element, so I really liked the podcast element of this book. The book touches on issues of social media and privacy issues.

As the book unfolds, we learn about the twins, their mom, and some of their family history. I liked this book a lot at first, but I started getting bored
Melissa Geter
Aug 16, 2020 rated it liked it
I was originally interested in this because it has to do with finding family and podcasts. Two things i generally enjoy. This book wasn't bad, i enjoyed it for what it was. A light YA read. I really loved the character of Savannah and empathized a lot with her. Maggie was also a character I liked. My only complaint is that I felt the story was wrapped up a little too conveniently but other than that I felt this was a heartwarming story overall. ...more
Linda Quinn
May 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Savannah and Thomas are 17-yr-old podcasting twins who lost their mom 4 years ago and never knew their dad. While they love Maggie, the grandmother who has always helped raise them, they decide they'd like to find their bio-dad. They decide to use the podcast format to try to find their dad, but once they have a corporate sponsor everything spirals out of control. This was a really thoughtful look at the pros and cons of current social media and how quickly an audience will jump on public shamin ...more
Kelsey Hlavaty (readingwithkelsey)
I received an eARC copy from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

2.5 stars - I was really unsure how to rate this book because I think the book has a really interesting premise however, I don't think the execution was the best it could be. The book did grab my attention from the beginning because I really liked the family dynamics that were present, but after about 100 pages I started to lose intere
Oct 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great family drama about teen twins searching for their bio dad via a podcast.
Wendy Scott
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book. What these teenagers have been through in this story, I myself have survived somewhat. So much of the emotion was so realistically portrayed, I think the author did a fabulous job. The writing pulled me in and kept my attention throughout the story. At one point the author referenced Beetlejuice. Not being familiar with this movie I have no idea what she was trying to express. Yet on other references, such as the twilight bark, the author explained the reference and it was com ...more
Jan 12, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
“The Kids Are Gonna Ask” has a cool premise - Thomas and Savannah were raised by a single mother until she died in a tragic car crash. Now living with their eccentric and loving grandmother for several years, the 17-year-old twins want to know: who is their biological father? Their mother never talked about him, and their grandmother is similarly in the dark. Their search catches the attention of a podcast producer and trendy media company, which causes their search to go viral, capturing the in ...more
Ann Reinking
Aug 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’m on a roll....I think that’s my 3rd five star book in a row.
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Gretchen Anthony is a Minnesota-based writer and humorist. After a twenty-plus-year career in corporate communication, she left the cubicle world for a full-time writing career. Her essays have been featured on,, and She’s also spent decades as a ghostwriter and has written for some of the best personal brands in the United States, from CEOs to doctors a ...more

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