Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Review: Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley



Title: Cat Girl's Day Off
Author: Kimberly Pauley
Genre: Teen Fiction, Paranormal Fiction
Publication Date: April 1, 2012
Publisher: Tu Books
ISBN-13 Book: 9781600608834
Disclosure: I received a copy for review from {Teen} Book Scene Tours.  This is my honest review!

Cat Girl's Day OffCat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Summary:
Nat Ng, middle daughter in a family where superpowers are extraordinary, has the unenviable talent of being able to speak to cats.  When a celebrity's cat goes crazy and attacks his owner, Nat is the only one who understands what the cat is saying--that someone was impersonating his owner.  Can Nat and her friends find out what really happened to the celebrity, or will the imposter make them disappear too.

Review:
As a person who grew up with cat's I can tell you that their were many times that I wondered what my cat was thinking.  Cats are bizarre creatures, who live by their own rules.  Cat's have their own distinct personalities, and sometimes I think I should be grateful that my cat's couldn't talk--I shudder to think what criticism they might have for me.

Pauley clearly understands cats and the relationship they have with their owners. It was pure pleasure to be able to understand what the cat's were saying and they were some of the most colorful characters in this novel.  The dialogue between the cats, and the dialogue between the human characters was sharp and funny.

While the pacing of the novel slows down in parts, this really is a fun novel.  The characters are fun, the cats speak exactly how would expect a cat to talk.  The mystery is interesting and the Talents are fun.

Overall:
This novel has all the characteristics of a Disney film; talking animals, smart sassy though constantly underachieving heroines, and a villain in disguise.  It was a charming mystery and fun romp with animals through the corridors of a high school and the streets of Chicago.


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