Author: Robin Brande
Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers
"You are what you eat. . . .
Cat smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits.
As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . . This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves."
Fat Cat was a funny, interesting, and kind of heart wrenching. I’ll give those details in a second.
Catherine, or Cat, was your average teenage girl who was a little over weight. Yes, she was overweight, but that didn’t stop her from being her. She has her flaws, and she tries desperately to fix them. We all have flaws and want to try and fix them, aren’t I right? This leads me to her being relatable. As well as that, she was also funny and strong willed. (Seriously strong willed. Living without technology and such, sheesh!) Amanda is her best friend. She witty, poetic, humorous, and the best friend any girl can ask for. I liked her character. She didn’t care what everyone thought of Cat. She was just her best friend and that’s it. Everyone should have a friend like that. Matt was loveable, stubborn, and at times, secretly in love and always hides it. There was a love hate relationship right there. And that is the heart wrenching part of this novel.
The writing was fast paced and moved along quickly. I mean the chapters at some points are only a page and a half. That probably has nothing to do with the book, it’s just my writing – let’s say thoughts – were on edge about it. The plot was there and lead up to each other smoothly. The theme of the book isn’t something I would normally read though. About science, eating healthy, etc. But it was more than that, and I saw it. It’s about not changing for someone, but changing for yourself. The was the deeper message, other than the sciencey type things I mentioned above.
Overall this was a book that’ll have you laughing and thinking seriously about what you put in your mouth, and don’t forget first loves (: