The Kid Table

The Kid Table

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Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are such a close-knit group that they don't really mind sitting at the kid table--even if they have to share it with a four-year-old. But then Brianne, the oldest cousin, lands a seat at the adult table and leaves her cousins shocked and confused. What does it take to graduate from the kid table? Over the course of five family events, Ingrid chronicles the coming-of-age of her generation. Her cousins each grapple with growing pains, but it is Ingrid who truly struggles as she considers what it means to grow up. When first love comes in the form of first betrayal (he's Brianne's boyfriend), Ingrid is forced to question her own personality and how she fits into her family. The cousins each take their own path toward graduating into adulthood--only to realize that maybe the kid table was where they wanted to be all along. Almost a reverse coming-of-age, this touching and hilariously funny novel will appeal to any reader who has sat at the kid table . . . or is still sitting there!show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 147.32 x 210.82 x 33.02mm | 399.16g
  • Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 1599904802
  • 9781599904801
  • 1,506,829

About Andrea Seigel

ANDREA SEIGEL is the author of two acclaimed novels for adults, " Like the Red Panda "and "To Feel Stuff." She decided to write her first young adult novel while sitting at the kid table at a cousin's wedding as she watched her preteen tablemates hit each other. www.andreaseigel.comshow more

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Alright, I'll admit it, a book with mac and cheese on the cover grabs my attention. Sigh...it's a weakness I have grown to accept. My gluttonous desires aside, here's a review of THE KID TABLE by Andrea Seigel. 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 grownups now themselves. Ingrid is a senior in high school, and Brianne is in college. Cricket, Dom, Micah, and Autumn are well on their way to adulthood, too. Only little Katie, not yet in kindergarten, really qualifies as a kid. Yet, here they all sit at each family celebration. The story begins with the Bar Mitzvah. Uncle Kurt is forty-six, but he's decided that converting to the Jewish faith and having a Bar Mitzvah is the next important milestone in his life. The family has gathered, of course, to show their support. Somehow, Ingrid has become the center of the conversation at the Kid Table. Brianne, a psychology major, has declared that Ingrid is a psychopath. She is ticking off a list of behaviors she insists verify her diagnosis. Ingrid finds it difficult to defend herself as she listens to Brianne recount the sudden and mysterious deaths of so many of Ingrid's beloved pets over the years. Just because her dog, Long John, died of old age while asleep at the foot of her bed, doesn't make his death her responsibility. Or does it? As these older "kids" find themselves attending family events like the Bar Mitzvah, Thanksgiving, New Year's Brunch, and more, this cast of cousins reveals all their unique and interesting characteristics. One cousin's anorexia is becoming more apparent, another is most definitely gay, and yet another's changing behavior and dress are crying out for some sort of attention. As Ingrid tells their stories, she battles with her own guilt about possibly being in love with her older cousin's boyfriend. Author Andrea Seigel brings back many a childhood memory for readers who can recall their own experiences while dining at the Kid Table. These infrequent holiday get-togethers offer cousins a chance to catch up, cause a little mischief, and also reveal the growing pains and stress of getting older and someday living up to family expectations. Quirky characters mixed up in sometimes all-too-real situations make THE KID TABLE a memorable and enjoyable read.show more
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