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The Kid Table

The Kid Table

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by Andrea Seigel
     
 

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Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are such a close-knit group that they dont 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

Overview

Ingrid Bell and her five teenage cousins are such a close-knit group that they dont 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 (hes Briannes 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!

Editorial Reviews

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“Delightfully quirky....Laugh-out-loud punctuates her clear-eyed musings about family and relationships, narrated in a perceptive, analytical, with-it voice....Teen girls in particular will enjoy this unusual coming-of-age novel.” —VOYA

“Bold, biting, and incredibly insightful. Seigel lightens some dramatic events with well-played humor, and the plot evolves over the course of five family events. This first YA novel is worth purchasing.” —SLJ

“Weirdly whimsical, adult author Seigel's YA debut delights.” —Kirkus

“Quirky characters mixed up in sometimes all-too-real situations make THE KID TABLE a memorable and enjoyable read.” —teensreadtoo.com

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
Ingrid Bell's family has a portable kids' table for the six cousins, which appears at every family event, and in the Bell family, many family events mark the calendar year. As a result, the six cousins have grown remarkably close even though they all go to different schools. Ingrid is the seventeen-year-old protagonist, who feels herself in competition with her slightly older and more glamorous cousin Brianne, who is now in college and on the cusp of leaving the kids' table behind. Ingrid is dedicated to getting along with everybody and being the most charming (she considers herself a winner at this game). However, at one family party she meets a handsome, mysterious stranger to whom she is strongly attracted; but, alas, learns he is her cousin, Brianne's boyfriend. Although the boyfriend is equally attracted to Ingrid and they have many enigmatic and flirtatious encounters, he continues as Brianne's boyfriend and later becomes her fiance. All of which leads Ingrid to wonder if she really has the courage and the will to stop the wedding, one she knows is a mistake. It might well mean giving up her title as the family's most charming member. Ingrid is an interesting and complex character. The romance is compelling, and the other characters in the novel are all strongly drawn. There is some language and sexual talk but nothing graphic. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
VOYA - Bonnie Kunzel
This delightfully quirky novel explores family relationships, with all their dysfunctional turmoil and insanity, as observed (and participated in) by its youngest members, those still relegated to sitting at the kid table. The protagonist, seventeen-year-old Ingrid Bell, has a refreshingly direct outlook on life and the ability to charm her way out of most situations, even when her older cousin, studying psychology in college, has the adults in the family more than a little convinced that Ingrid is a psychopath, based on her lack of emotions, inappropriate responses to certain situations, and a few dead pets (clearly not her fault, but still). Ingrid and five almost-grown cousins—Cricket, the anorexic; Dom, trying to clue his family in that he's gay; Micah, the exhibitionist; Autumn, the mother figure; and Brianne, the pseudopsychologist—and four-year-old Katie get together for five celebrations at the kid table: Bar Mitzvah, Thanksgiving, New Year's Brunch, Independence Day Pool Party, and Wedding. To set the record straight, Ingrid, who spends the year hiding her love for Brianna's boyfriend, is the most level-headed of all the cousins. Laugh-out-loud humor punctuates her clear-eyed musings about family and relationships, narrated in a perceptive, analytical, with-it voice, clearly not the voice of a psychopath but rather a perceptive teen with the gift of seeing things for what they are and coping with reality no matter how much those around her are off in their own worlds. Teen girls in particular will enjoy this unusual coming-of-age novel. Reviewer: Bonnie Kunzel
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—The Kid Table chronicles the lives of 16-year-old Ingrid Bell, her five teenage cousins and kid-table companions, and their family. First, Ingrid's cousin Brianne, a sophomore psychology major at Pepperdine, knocks Ingrid out of her spot as "most charming" by making a convincing argument that Ingrid is a psychopath. Then, at her Uncle Kurt's bar mitzvah, Brianne successfully graduates from the kid table, leaving the five remaining cousins to ponder her new status while dealing with being left behind. While Ingrid rationalizes her nonemotional responses, Seigel does not do much to deter readers from questioning Brianne's diagnosis. Ingrid's lack of empathy and morality are showcased especially when she laughs at Uncle Kurt's heartfelt bar-mitzvah speech, steals Aunt Brit's cell phone, gets sober Aunt Tish drunk and off the wagon, and makes out with Brianne's boyfriend, Trevor. Her desire to be liked and her feelings for Trevor take precedence over her cousins' problems, which include Cricket's eating disorder, Dom's strong desire to have someone else out him to the family, and Micah's identity crisis. In spite of Ingrid's psychopathic tendencies, her voice is bold, biting, and incredibly insightful. Seigel lightens some dramatic events with well-played humor, and the plot evolves over the course of five family events. This first YA novel is worth purchasing.—Adrienne L. Strock, Maricopa County Library District, AZ
Kirkus Reviews

Ingrid Bell, one of six mostly teenage cousins in a charmingly dysfunctional family, is a psychopath, according to oldest cousin Brianne. Or perhaps it's just part of the jockeying for position that happens around the Kid Table. Ingrid's psychopathy (or calculated charm and a few dead pets?) provides the thread through a particularly tumultuous year as the family unravels. Ingrid's first-person narration, especially in those moments when her calm makes the reader wonder if she is a psychopath, is fantastic, and the trials and tribulations manage to be both funny and sad (adult cousin Tish drinks too much, teen cousin Cricket has anorexia, Ingrid's mother busily collects memories for her scrapbook but forgets to live and Ingrid's in love with Brianne's boyfriend). The episodic structure (a handful of chapters at major events throughout the year from not-Jewish Uncle Kurt's post-adultery Bar Mitzvah to a wedding) serves as a metaphor for the family: a whole made of several disparate parts with some unanswered questions. Weirdly whimsical, adult author Seigel's (Like the Red Panda, 2004) YA debut delights. (Fiction. 14 & up)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599906195
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/14/2010
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
842,384
File size:
754 KB
Age Range:
14 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

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 cousins wedding as she watched her preteen tablemates hit each other.
www.andreaseigel.com
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 cousins wedding as she watched her preteen tablemates hit each other. www.andreaseigel.com

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