Fat Cat by Robin Brande
Publisher: Knopf BFYR
Release date: October 13, 2009
Other books by this author: Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature
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.
I really enjoyed Fat Cat. I loved Robin's last book, Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature so I was really excited to get this one for review! Robin's books always deal with unique issues, and always are packed full of characters I love. Cat was a great main character, but my favorite has to be her best friend- Amanda. Amanda was sweet, loyal, funny, poetic, stylish- everything you could want in a best friend. The best part was she stayed friends with Cat even before she lost weight. It was interesting to be a part of Cat's struggle to stick with the rules she assigned herself, and at times I felt myself wishing I could do what she did. She was very strong, because I don't think I could give up chocolate and the computer for as long as she did. Since Fat Cat was a first person narrative, I enjoyed it that much more. The reader got an inside look at Cat's life and everything she felt. I'm glad Cat stayed true to herself. She didn't just abandon her friends or anything now that she was becoming pretty, she did it for herself. To feel and be healthier.
Although it was a bit predictable at times, I highly recommend Fat Cat. It had great messages about being overweight and friendship also played a big role. Another thing I really liked was the cooking. Cat was a great cook and she and Amanda even helped revive a restaurant. I learned about a bunch of new recipes and really want to try cooking more myself now!
All in all, Fat Cat was a light read with a great message. Perfect for all girls to read.
Overall: 4 out of 5 stars