Blurb: 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…
About the Author
Having enjoyed a successful career in recruitment and advertising and begun to raise her children, Anita started to write in 2012 during NaNoWriMo. She divides her time between London and Kent and is currently writing another novel focusing on the intersections between work, love and life, covering issues such as commercialisation of the charity sector, family and self vs community, BDSM and polyamory. Her writing both challenges and entertains.
Review: Firstly, I hope that what comes out of my mouth can convey how amazing this book is. I feel bad that I started reading this in January even though I had received it much earlier as my blog tour date was nearer the end of January. Due to work, life, feeling unwell and simply frazzled it did not happen for me. Although I did share a piece from David.
Appetite is split into three sections focusing on three characters – David, Naomi and Matthew. I must admit as much as I liked all three of them for separate reasons it wasn’t until later on in the novel that I really understood and appreciated Matthew as a character but I will come back to that.
David became my favourite early on which was why when I couldn’t honour my review I wanted to share a hard hitting piece from him.
This is what I shared https://hayleyreviews10.wordpress.com/2018/01/26/blog-tour-appetite-by-anita-cassidy/
I have to admit at times David’s words were hard to read. I have felt some of his struggles but not to his extent. I must say in seeing him make positive changes for himself with no help, only his own will power and determination that was extremely inspiring. A proper enlightening moment where I felt truly happy for him and as if a light bulb moment had happened for me.
I won’t be ruining anything but what happened as David took his defining moment for his presentation no one could see happening and it just goes to show appearances can be deceptive. I really liked that twist in the story even though I felt like I was reading on autopilot as I just needed to know what happened next.
Naomi is an interesting character, I didn’t always agree with her actions but from an early age in discovering her body she was criticised for her actions. That alongside having to grow up extremely quickly in learning of loss and suffering- when she should have been playing and exploring.
I do think our life experiences change us and I can see why Naomi made those choices. On the outside she looks like the perfect 40 – something a good job – where she’s successful and climbing the ladder, a husband and a young son who is a good kid – Naomi’s story showed me just how deceptive appearances can be.
I don’t want to say too much but in what she lacks in her home life she more than makes up for in her fantasy life. But does this come at a cost? I truly loved the many twists that came with Naomi’s story and her words have also made me think. There really is no point settling in life – but sometimes what we crave also isn’t what it’s cracked up to be.
Matthew – at times I found myself speed reading Matthew’s sections as Naomi’s and David’s had a much larger appeal for so long. I loved the early parts of how inspired he felt after returning from Brazil. His longing made me sad, I can safely say I understand that feeling of being completely lost and at times I do still feel that way. When he met Polly I could see he was being influenced by desire rather than being actually interested. His happiness here was short lived and I can see why his actions weren’t completely honourable.
At times this was hard to read – when he had a moment with a friend and then his lightbulb moment came from David, really being truly inspired by his teacher and his initial passion. That was when I was like yes Matthew that’s all that you needed to see your worth.
Anita takes the reader on a journey of various self discoveries that we all as individuals have. I loved the concept of the differing ages yet they were all lacking something in their lives and they were all linked.
Anita has really opened my eyes and I’m definitely a fan of her writing and her way of explaining subjects and there interlinking subjects. She has a way of informing and enlightening and I’m truly excited to read more from her.
If you’re looking for a book that will not only open your mind but also your heart and your true potential then look no further. I’m open to sharing my copy as I have thought about writing a message and my Twitter handle in mind and leaving it in a coffee shop or something along those lines. But if one of my lovely readers is desperate to feel empowered then do leave me a comment below and I will still write you a note.