Monday, October 19, 2009

Fat Cat by Robin Brande

[description from amazon]

You are what you eat. . . .

Cat's 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.


Honestly, I didn't expect to enjoy this one that much. I mean, a book about a girl doing science project? An interesting project, I'll admit, but still. Science? Ew. But once I began reading, I had a difficult time stopping, much to by surprise and delight.

Even though anything remotely related to science makes me want to go hide in a bush, I was interested in Cat's experiment. It was incorporated into the book well; there was never a point where the I was like "MAKE THE SCIENCE GO AWAY" because there was always other things going on that made the book exciting (and, really, there wasn't THAT much science). Many of the subplots- like Cat's romantic ventures- were quite entertaining, but a few others- like the one between Cat and her brother- probably could have been developed more, even though they were still amusing. I also enjoyed seeing the effects of Cat's experiment, since they were shown in a way that made it easy to see how everyone was influenced by it. The book got a bit preachy while Cat was describing how good healthy food is and whatnot, but it wasn't TOO distracting because of all the other fun stuff going on.

Cat was also fun to read about, since she's extremely developed. She admitted her flaws and was determined to fix them. She admitted that it would be difficult, that her project was a bit insane in theory, and that she was in denial about her "enemy" Matt, but she still was prepared to do well. She also had a bit of humor and plenty of intelligence, which made her quite likable.

I also liked how her best friend Amanda was actually a good best friend, who wanted Cat to be happy no matter what, and that the "enemy" Matt had a lot more depth than expected.

And I must mention the fabulous ending- it was unexpected, but a perfect fit for the story, I think.


Links: Robin's site, blog/twitter

Book details: Knopf/Hardcover/$16.99


  1. I want to read this book so bad! I love the cover! And it just sounds really good! I love your review! Its great! And it makes me want to read it even more now! :)


  2. Sounds like a fun book! Thanks for the great review as always!

  3. I can't wait to read this one - I've been seeing it all over the blogosphere lately. :) Nice review!