Sunday, April 25, 2010

Review: Fat Cat by Robin Brande

Cat is 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. . . .
Plot: 4/5
Fat Cat is a fun mix of science, romance, and self-discovery. Cat's a science buff and decides to work on an experiment involving her lifestyle for the year-end science fair, and along the way tries to ditch being the school's resident "fat girl." There aren't a lot of books revolving around realistic issues concerning teenagers and their body images, so this book definitely gets points for that. It also tackles real issues about self-image, relationships, and dating, and that combined with its quirkiness makes it a really enjoyable read.

Creativity: 5/5
The entire idea of the book is unique- it incorporates a lot of different elements like science and culinary arts, so it's really interesting. There are also times, like when Cat makes entries on her research journal, that reports and actual facts are presented, so the novel is far from monotonous.

Characters: 5/5
Most, if not all, of the characters in Fat Cat are well-developed. They all have unique, distinguished personalities that are followed-through even as the book ends. Of course, they have individual issues that they try to resolve and help them grow as people(like Cat's weight, in her case), but at the end of the book the reader gets a satisfying taste of all the personalities that make up the novel.

Writing: 5/5
The way Fat Cat is written is funny, light, and spunky. The writing is just so refreshingly professional yet fun! Cat's thoughts are communicated in a way that's so riveting and authentic, it feels like actually talking and listening to a tangible person since her voice feels so strong and real.

Impact: 4/5
A pleasantly light read, Fat Cat is the epitome of a perfect book to sit down and relax to. It's nicely paced, and it's very realistic, but it never loses its sense of fun. It's the kind of book that readers would read over and over again.

Overall: 5/5
I'd just started transitioning into being a vegetarian, so I really enjoyed Fat Cat. I could identify with Cat's struggles with her new diet, so I enjoyed the fact that the feelings I felt were the same as the ones I was reading about at the time. Other than that, though, the book is just really, really nice. It's as clever as it is funny, and there's never a dull moment. I'll definitely be reading it again.

1 comment:

  1. Fantastic review! I really want to read this book after reading your thoughts. I tried being a vegetarian for awhile but I ended up going to just eating meat once a day or a couple of times a week. I got tired of soyburgers and I wasn't getting enough protein to eat. I hope you have much better luck with it. It is a healthy way to live.