Title: The Kid Table
Author: Andrea Seigel
Summary: If you have a big family, than you know exactly what this book is about: At holidays, parties and all other gatherings, while the grown-ups sit together discussing grown-up things, everyone under 18 is relegated to a separate (often shoddily constructed) ’kid’ table. And the truest way to tell that you are finally considered a grown-up in the eyes of your family is when you make the jump to the adult table.
Ingrid and her cousins are still at their folding table even as they enter their late teens. When her self-centered cousin Brianne brings her mysterious, magnetic new boyfriend Trevor to a family gathering, she gets bumped up to the adult table, leaving Ingrid and the others behind. When Trevor starts flirting with Ingrid, she knows it spells trouble but just can’t resist.
Ingrid is smart, calculating, incredibly self-aware and deeply caring, even if she doesn’t always know the best way to show it. She is clever and she knows it, but being smart doesn’t make doing the right thing any easier. If being responsible means denying your feelings, who would ever want to leave the kid table? Can Ingrid and her cousins come to terms with what it means to be a grown-up in an absurd world?
Who will like this book: Anyone who has ever been stuck at the kid table. Readers who have the sneaking suspicion that they might be smarter, or at least cleverer, than some of their adult relatives. And anyone who actually likes spending time with their extended family.
If you like this, try this: A much darker, more mature book about cousins left to their own devices, how i live now by Meg Rosoff.
Recommended by: Nicole, Teen Librarian