Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Fat Cat by Robin Brande

Title: Fat Cat
Author: Robin Brande

Pages: 327, hardcover
Publisher: Alfred A. Knoph
Age Group: Middle Grade/Young Adult
Pub. Date: October 2009

Overall Rating:

You are what you eat. . . .

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. . . .
Fat Cat is surprisingly insightful, enjoyable, appealing, and possibly life-changing. I went into Fat Cat expecting alot, and I received twice what I asked for. It was a delight reading Fat Cat, as it changed my views on the subject of nutrition and weight.

Fat Cat revolves around the life of Cat, who as a science experiment, takes up the task of proving how she can like our ancestors who didn't have any modern conveniences, artificial sweeteners, and any accommodations we have today. In additions, she must learn to cope with relationships. Little does she know, it will change her life dramatically....

Brande has done a terrific job in Fat Cat, end of story. The plot in itself was amazing. It is something that was engrossing, impressive, and absorbing. I couldn't let the book go for a second, it had me captivated with the experiment and the characters. This book has a powerful message for teens.

I learned alot from reading Fat Cat, and it made me see the seriousness of caring for our bodies and not putting trash in them. Brande makes great points on the importance of taking good care our health. I believe her message gets through to teens, it's made me make new decisions towards my nutrition.

Cat was so funny and quirky, she inspires the readers. She speaks with confidence, courage, and is smart mentally, but emotionally she is bitter. Throughout the book, Cat goes through a major transformation. The reader gets insights on what it feels like and dealing with it all, even with bullying. She becomes happy, energetic, more enthusiastic about life, it's like she gets reasons to live. The story shows that weight-loss, gaining healthy nutrition is more than possible!

I loved loved loved Fat Cat, it thought me so much. In particular, the scientific nutrition facts were the best. Fat Cat is a book that everybody will enjoy. I highly recommend. It can potentially make you make a life changing decision towards nutrition.

Plot: (10/10)
Characters: (9/10)
Ending: (9/10)
Enjoyment: (10/10)
Cover: (8/10)
Overall: 46/50 = 92% = A-

Pretty boring, but what's amazing is what you will discover inside.

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Audrey; (AyC) said...

I've read a ton of positive reviews for this book that are similar to yours, I really need to read it soon!
nice review :)

Bere said...

Fabulous review Dahlia! This is the first review I've read on this one. I hadn't really paid much attention to it, but know I definitely want to read it! Just added to my wishlist, thank you =)

BookFanatic said...

This is an interesting subject, I would love to read this.

Insert Book Title said...

This one sounds really good! Thanks for the great review!

yabooknerd said...

I really loved this too (and you're right about the cover vs the inside - do you think that on purpose?)

librarypat said...

Sounds like a must read. Will be asking our local library to order this one.