Summer Reading Challenge: Appetite by Sheila Grinell (Chrissy’s review)

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written by Sheila Grinell
published by She Writes Press, 2016

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Did I enjoy it: For the most part, I did enjoy this book. It was well written and the story had me wanting to read to the end. I wanted to see if the wedding took place.

I liked the story. As I said earlier, I love stories about families going through transitions. I like watching them deal with changes–adapt, reject, or merely accept those changes. Appetite was interesting. It kept me reading. I wanted to see how the story ended. I needed to find out what happened.

However, I didn’t like any of these characters. I really wanted to. I should have. But . . . I didn’t like any of them. I couldn’t get behind any of them. I couldn’t like any of them. I’m not going to go into the details as to why I disliked these characters for many reasons. Mainly because I don’t want to spoil the story for you.

All in all, I enjoyed the story. It was good.



Would I recommend it: Yes. I know I just said that I didn’t like the characters, but you might. The book was well written. The story was interesting. I just didn’t connect with or like the characters.


About the book – from Goodreads: When Jenn Adler returns from a year in India, she has a surprise for her parents: a young guru from Bangalore whom she intends to marry. Her father, Paul, is wary of this beggar Jenn has brought home who, he suspects, is conning his much-loved daughter while her mother, Maggie, is frightened that this alien stranger will steal away her only child, her focus in life. In the months leading up to the backyard wedding, Maggie is forced to reevaluate her virtues as she casts about for support, and Paul faces an unexpected threat at work one that Maggie could help him meet, if he would only ask. But even with these distractions, the two parents are focused on one primary question: Can they convince their daughter she is making a terrible mistake before the wedding takes place?