Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Fat Cat

Fat Cat by Robin Brande

Catherine is sick of being known as Fat Cat. She's determined to make things better during her senior year, and the way she plans to make a (different) name for herself is by winning her school's competitive science contest. The only problem is, she doesn't get to choose what her project will be; instead, she must blindly pick a photo out of a stack, and whatever she gets she has to build a project around. Cat picks a picture of a prehistoric man, and feels her excitment crumble. How is she going to change her reputation with this?

Then she has an idea. She will see what happens when a modern day teenager lives like a prehistoric cave person. No electronics (goodbye TV, Internet, phones), no cars (hello walking to school every day) and no processed foods. Before she knows it, all that walking and healthy eating has helped turn her from Fat Cat to the girl every guy wants to date. But this comes with a whole new set of problems, and Cat must decide who it is she really wants to be.

I've read a lot of "fat girl loses weight and falls in love" books, and let's face it--there's usually not very many surprises. Same here, but I was surprised by the depth of Cat's personal journey. She's smart, funny, and thoughtful about life. It's not groundbreaking, but it does offer a change of pace in this genre.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

this sounds like a really funny story!!!