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Fat Cat

av Robin Brande

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Overweight teenage Catherine embarks on a high school science project in which she must emulate the ways of hominims, the earliest ancestors of human beings, by eating an all-natural diet and foregoing technology.
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Cute, quick, early teen read. The writing felt like it was geared toward middle grade at times, but the make-out scenes and refrences to sex make this geared to teens as opposed to pre-teens. I loved science theme and the fact that the protagonist is really smart and focused on school. it was a nice change from most YA chacraters. Another thumbs up for no love triangle or love at first sight. Unfortunately, there were a few cliches and I got slightly annoyed with the weigh loss story line. overall, tt was done well, but something bugged me about it. I can't put my finger on it, but I was annoyed by the quick transformation of Cat from obese teen to hot, thin chick in less than a year. I guess high school metabolism is that fast, but it still seemed a little quick. ( )
  JustZelma | Dec 20, 2020 |
I'm really liking this book: it's sweet and funny and other good things. Brande's writing is great, and Cat was super likable and fun to read. I had a small issue with some of the language about Cat's figure, because I'm all about body acceptance. And I totally understand why the choices about certain words were made, because Cat is 17 and of course she's conscious of her body, and it worked with the story. (Sidenote: I really loved that there was no specific weight/size mentioned at all, even as Cat's body changed. It made the whole story much easier to relate to, I think, for people of all sizes.) But take this passage for example (emphasis mine):

Because I was good. Really good. I was a strong girl, and I loved my sport. I loved competing. I loved getting in the water and showing what I could do, shaping my hands just right to create the minimum amount of drag, angling my arms and shoulders and legs perfectly so that my movement through the water looked almost effortless, so that I sped along, so much power and speed and – I guess this is the word for it – beauty. I think I really was beautiful in the water. Because no on e was looking at my face or my stomach or anything else – they were just watching me swim.
And so when Willie and Matt and the rest of them took that away – or really, when my bulging body took that away – I think maybe I lost something. Something more than just an activity that was fun to do every summer and that gave me an excuse to be with Matt all day, every day. I think I actually lost a part of my personality, like someone might wake up one morning and realize their thumbs had fallen off. (p. 203)

I love this passage because it speaks so beautifully to the ways we're deeply affected by how other people react to us. It resonates with me SO strongly, because stuff I heard about my body as a teenager is still with me today. And I love that Cat has this moment to think that she's beautiful and to feel like her body is powerful and good.

But, I really hate that the responsibility for her discomfort is taken off the boys who made her uncomfortable with her body and placed instead ON her body. Like, her body changed on her and that's why she got uncomfortable. Where, it's pretty clear from previous context, she wasn't uncomfortable with how she looked in her swimsuit until a boy said something hurtful. It wasn't the change in her body, it was the change in the way others reacted to it that made her decide to stop swimming.

Part of me feels like this is a very authentically teenage understanding of her situation, so the language makes sense. But the rest of me really hates that aside because it's such a cop out for rude, sexist, and hurtful comments. That guy wouldn't catcall you if your boobs were smaller; your grandma wouldn't remind you not to take seconds at the table if you were a little skinnier; that kid two seats over wouldn't have hurt your feelings if you didn't say such a dumb thing. It's all because there's something wrong with you, not that the person bullying you is out of line. I don't know. I'm probably over-analyzing.

Maybe it shouldn't bug me so much, but it does. ( )
  bookbrig | Aug 5, 2020 |
Cat is obsessed with hating Matt Mckinney. All she wants is to beat him in the science fair. Then she gets the picture and her science fair project takes on a life of it's own. She's eating the way the hominids did and kicking technology out of her life. As she changes her diet and walks everywhere, the pounds start melting off and the male population takes notice.

I really enjoyed reading this. Cat was incredibly funny and I loved the relationship she had with Amanda, Jordan and her parents. The relationship she developed with her brother was just amazing to watch and reminded me of how my relationships with my sister developed.

I also really appreciated that the book was't preachy about the diet and technology give up. Yes Cat clearly felt this was working very well for her but it didn't feel like it was pushing it b/c it was more about Cat's internal change. I was also happy that the author stressed that even though Matt could be considered the catalyst for the change, really Cat did everything for herself.

I did have to giggle a little bit about what Cat would sometimes consider a "technology worthy emergency". They were very much teenage girl type emergencies. Also Amanda was an amazing friend and everyone should be so lucky to have a friend like that in their life. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
Cat is obsessed with hating Matt Mckinney. All she wants is to beat him in the science fair. Then she gets the picture and her science fair project takes on a life of it's own. She's eating the way the hominids did and kicking technology out of her life. As she changes her diet and walks everywhere, the pounds start melting off and the male population takes notice.

I really enjoyed reading this. Cat was incredibly funny and I loved the relationship she had with Amanda, Jordan and her parents. The relationship she developed with her brother was just amazing to watch and reminded me of how my relationships with my sister developed.

I also really appreciated that the book was't preachy about the diet and technology give up. Yes Cat clearly felt this was working very well for her but it didn't feel like it was pushing it b/c it was more about Cat's internal change. I was also happy that the author stressed that even though Matt could be considered the catalyst for the change, really Cat did everything for herself.

I did have to giggle a little bit about what Cat would sometimes consider a "technology worthy emergency". They were very much teenage girl type emergencies. Also Amanda was an amazing friend and everyone should be so lucky to have a friend like that in their life. ( )
  Rosa.Mill | Nov 21, 2015 |
This YA book was wonderful! I have not read enough YA books to generalize but FAT CAT offers the reader a strong teenage female lead which is always a good role model for the age group reached by this book (Unusual back in the day when I was reading YA because I was a YA.) Cat is a bright high school junior trying to win a science fair. The topic was randomly assigned by picking a picture from a group the teacher provided. Cat was hoping for insects but instead ended up researching Hominids (female cave dwellers). To personalize the project she decides to live as much like a Hominid as possible in the 21st century. During the 7 months it takes to complete the project Cat not only transforms herself, but learns some important life lessons along the way. Cat and her best friend Amanda are smart, creative, talented, and just sassy enough to make them believable teenagers. This book does deal with some issues like being overweight, friendships and dating/family/sibling relationships but does so in a positive way. For myself as a reader, the only negative was that the book “preached” a little with regards to the benefits of a vegetarian diet. There is nothing wrong with that per se, but seeing the target reading audience is impressionable young people (girls) who may be battling weight issues of their own (be they real or perceived) … I felt the message just a little too strong. ( )
  ChristineEllei | Jul 14, 2015 |
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