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5.0 out of 5 stars Blackly funny, surprisingly moving. Great idea!, 25 July 2013
This review is from: The Savages (Kindle Edition)
A family of cannibals. Well, doesn't that just sell it?!

Meet the Savages. Loving but work-obsessed Dad, perfect homemaker Mum, teenage Sasha with a vegetarian-militant boyfriend, and prank-joker Ivan. Plus a cute baby cutting her first teeth.

We learn from the first that their 'meat'-eating ways will be discovered and their home and lives destroyed. The story is about how it all happens.

I thought it might be a slightly younger The Radleys (Matt Haig), and it did have elements of this - normal-looking family hiding shocking food-related secret.

It's a great family story. Whyman manages to make the whole family very sympathetic and likeable, with issues and problems that they actually resolve much better than many families. Their special diet actually makes them a very close unit (not that I'm recommending it!).

The idea of Sasha trying out vegetarianism under pressure from her boyfriend is darkly funny, an inverse account of teenage rebellion. Jack, the hybrid-driving, would-be-Lothario is nicely loathsome and distasteful. There are oodles of eating-related in-jokes and lines that the reader can smile at, knowing already the family's secret.

It's actually quite a moving family story at times as well, the origin story of how the family came to find and perfect their taste is quite sad.

A really original and enjoyable teenage read, darkly wicked and a lot to talk about, food-wise.
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