The Kids Are Gonna Ask
Publisher: Park Row
Release date: July 28th, 2020
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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. And when their mission goes viral, an eccentric producer offers them a dream platform: a fully sponsored podcast called The Kids Are Gonna Ask. To discover the truth, Thomas and Savannah begin interviewing people from their mother’s past and are shocked when the podcast ignites in popularity. As the attention mounts, they get caught in a national debate they never asked for—but nothing compares to the mayhem that ensues when they find him.
Cleverly constructed, emotionally perceptive and sharply funny, The Kids Are Gonna Ask is a rollicking coming-of-age story and a moving exploration of all the ways we can go from lost to found.
Why did I choose to read The Kids Are Gonna Ask?
Honestly, I was looking for something different to read this time. I love thrillers but I wanted a different style of reading for the next book. I chose a fiction story. I came upon The Kids Are Gonna Ask and I was instantly drawn by the cover.
However, it was the synopsis that really got me interested. I loved the idea of using a podcast to find someone, being a fan of podcasts myself since last year. I thought this was going to be a fun, light read perfect for the summer.
What did I think of The Kids Are Gonna Ask?
The Kids Are Gonna Ask is an entertaining read with a myriad of lovable characters who seem all-too-real. For the adorable characters, the heart-warming story and the little twist at the end, I give it four stars!
Truth be told, I’m a big fan of novels about podcasting. I’ve read a few books now that include it in their narration, and I love how it’s clearly becoming more popular with recent novels. Like “instant messaging” and “text messaging” eventually came to be included in novels of those years, we’re now in the Podcasting Years.
Most of the time, when characters are recording a podcast inside a novel, it feels very much like a conversation with the reader. It really allows for a different insight, as we get to know the characters from an afar point-of-view, instead of an inside-their-minds POV. I really love the mix of the two narrating styles!
Now, about The Kids Are Gonna Ask: the characters are very much a big positive for me. I enjoyed how they all got along (or didn’t get along) and how real they felt. I liked the dynamic between Thomas and Savannah and between Maggie and the twins.
Gretchen Anthony really knows how to get the reader invested in the story and the characters. From beginning to end, I couldn’t wait to read what was next for the McClair family.
I do wish however, that some relationships had been expanded more. Like I mentioned, I felt really involved in the character’s lives, but I feel somewhat letdown that some relationships weren’t explored more in depth. For example, the friendship between Nadine and the twins: I oftentimes felt like Nadine was a convenient character. It felt easy to let information pass through her.
All in all, I truly enjoyed The Kids Are Gonna Ask: the characters, the story, the debates, the themes and the use of podcasting and social media.
I recommend this book without hesitation!
Until next time!
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