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Fat Cat

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  4,761 Ratings  ·  692 Reviews
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
Paperback, 354 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Ember (first published October 13th 2009)
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Jun 06, 2014 Cara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Cara by: Ash
This book reminded why I love reading so much. I learned so many new things without being banged over the head with textbook mumbo jumbo. I almost fell out of chair when she talked about the Tarahumara indians (it's a joke in my family).

Cat is well fat and is carrying around a lot of resentment. She is smart and she has good friends but again she's fat. Every year she enters the science fair and this year she plans to beat Matt no matter what happens. The experiment that she takes on is pretty
*Happy sigh* This was absolutely fabulous!

If I try to come up with anything I didn’t like about this book I’m drawing a total blank. Our narrator Cat is awesome, she’s smart and witty and she made me laugh out loud at regular intervals throughout the entire book. I also loved that even when her pounds melted away and she regained some self-confidence she stayed true to herself. I kind of expected the story to go like they all do and was prepared for Cat to turn into a total bitch but luckily thi
Feb 02, 2010 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of light, fun YA
Recommended to Tatiana by: Lisa McMann, A.S. King
Shelves: ya, 2010, ala-ya-2011
"Fat Cat" is what I call a light YA story done right. It's not overly depressing (being an "issue" book and all that), or immature, or oversexed.

It is story of an overweight girl who turns to healthy lifestyle as a part of her science project and in the process of getting her body in shape, gets her inner self in shape too. Cat is an extremely likable character. In spite of her hang-ups that she tries to "eat," she is a smart and fun girl, a great friend and daughter.

You will not find drugs, al
Definitely an inspiring and motivating story as the main character embarks on an ambitious experiment to see what would happen if she cut out processed food, artificial sweeteners, technology and motorized transportation. It was amazing to see Cat morph into a new person both in body and attitude and refreshing to hear her tell her story in such an inspiring and snarky voice. I had a great time following her through her journey.

About the book: Catherine Locke and Matt McKinney have been arch ene
Lauren Fidler
there will always be a soft spot in my life for young adult fiction, but not crap like this.

Fat Cat is a fat girl's cinderella story - the incredibly fictional account of how one science-oriented young woman lost a ton of weight, became incredibly hot, and dated half the swim team in her personal quest to get her one true love to admit he's a tool and fall in love with her.

or something.

i wanted to like cat. i think any female who's ever struggled with weight issues or felt uber-nerdy and unappr
Apr 10, 2014 Valerie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I finished this book in one day so that must say something about it. It was a more fast pace book even though there wasn’t suspense or action in it. The chapters are fairly short and the writing style is modern and easy.

In the first half of the book I was sure I was going to give it 5 stars because Cat was so funny, smart and just a really great girl with so much drive –she is definitely into science. The whole eating and being like cavemen thing was informative; I learned a good amount and few
Dec 27, 2010 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ahh yes, words. How they can kill you and destroy your world when uttered by someone you care about. Especially if those words are said when your thirteen years old and the guy your crushing on, your very best friend, calls you Fat, behind your back.
Yeah, boys totally suck.

Fat Cat is such a great book. It's really smart, entertaining and completely captivating. I devoured this in one sitting.

I really enjoyed Cat. She has issues, but she's smart and feisty and so very brave. That project was craz
4,5 stars


I dont know how to write a review for this one. CAUSE IT ROCKED!!!

Am I the only one who struggles with writing a review for a book she really really liked? Rants are so easy to write. Awesome books? Umm, not so much.

Let’s start with what I didnt like.


Cant remember.


Ok, Now let’s talk about what I liked: EVERYTHING!

To be honest, after reading the synopsis I thought this book would be really medicore. But boy, was I wrong. First of all; I loved I mean LOVED the characters. Cat
Ach war das schön
Eine wirklich außergewöhnliche Geschichte
Ganz klare Leseempfehlung !
Aug 27, 2010 Okapi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
After seeing the five gleaming golden stars that Fat Cat has on Amazon, I knew this book was a must read. Yet upon finishing Fat Cat, mixed feelings for this novel raced through my mind. This book is like a chunk of granite, embedded with both pretty and ugly flakes of other rock. Overall, its good qualities marginally dominate the poor ones, making this novel a sweet, light read that managed to alter my own lifestyle.

I was not sure what to make of Cat's personality; There were times when I want
I started this in a somewhat dubious mood, since I hate books in which the fat girl loses weight and then gets the guy -- especially when she just gets really busy and then suddenly discovers she’s become thin. Blech. This did not turn out to be that kind of book: Cat does lose a considerable amount of weight, but she works damn hard to achieve it. And though she does get a guy, that’s not really the reason why.

High school senior Cat has hated her former best friend Matt McKinney for almost four
jo mo
3.5 stars

cat wants to win with her project in fizer's special topics research science class badly, because it would mean green light for getting a recommendation for college applications and eventually even winning scholarships. basically a freet-ticket to reaching her dreams. problem: cat's topic for her 7-month project is about something she's totally NOT interested in.

stone age. neanderthals. hominids. homo erectus.

cat hates herself. cat hates her body. but cat finds an interesting topic for
Oct 10, 2011 Isamlq rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
oh, book! you've made me happy today :)

there are times when mindless fluff just does it for me. at first glance, one might assume fat cat to be those thing. and it did get pretty fluffy a couple of moments there; i'm not kidding when i say it brought back some of what i felt when reading hayes's so over you, but this has got so much more going for it.

foremost of which are the people in it:they are each others equal. i've complained time and again of friendships that seemed unlikely, as in the pr
Dec 28, 2010 oliviasbooks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of "Flavor of the Week" by Shaw and "Dear Julia" by Zemser
Sorry, guys. I had time today to snuggle up - fitted out with coffee, Cat and cookies. I liked it a lot and I had to keep reading and reading. It missed a few things to be perfect, though. Maybe I can verbalize them later.
Feb 22, 2010 Alexa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love satisfying endings. This book was funny & smart, and Cat was a great character. :)
Apr 11, 2016 Tiffany rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: april-2016
Honestly? This was garbage.

It spins a message of self acceptance that comes only after the main character has literally transformed her physical appearance and as a direct result gained the affections of her true love.

The fact that Matt once called Cat (UGH, I KNOW) fat when they were 13 and that she held an active grudge against him and refused to speak to him for over three years, had NOTHING to do with the fact that she wanted to lose weight. Riiiiight.

The author tries to make the reader bel
Jul 20, 2010 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teenage girls, Loretta
There's so much that I liked about this book. It wasn't perfect and there is stuff that I take issue with but overall I had a hard time putting this down and I really enjoyed the time I spent reading it.

I love that science has such a prevalent and interesting role in this book. Science goes beyond just being a school subject and the book isn't about winning some high school science fair. Well, it is, but it really isn't. Science in this book actually has meaning and I love that Cat explores foo
Don't you just love books that simultaneously say you should like fat people for who they are while spending so much time on how much better you'll look and feel once you're not fat anymore? Also: totally sex-negative. This reminds me of all the books I read when I was in like middle school where the worst thing a boy could do would be touch your boob. Yeah, getting to second is definite cause for alarm.

I'm frustrated too because outside of these problematic issues, Brande is a really skilled wr
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Love. Such a good read! Educational, enjoyable, insightful. Everyones basically described of before me. Definitely worth the read, just disappointed it took me so long to actually dedicate myself to reading it! :o)
Sep 13, 2016 Tasnia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book had so much promise. I was expecting a true adventure into science but the book falls short of its premise. The science project takes a backseat half way through the book and Cat just becomes too preoccupied with her looks and boys.

And the grudge that she holds on Matt?? In FOUR years he didn't once ask her why she suddenly stopped talking to him? Seriously?

I understand what Matt did was hurtful but I feel it was blown way out of proportion and certainly wasn't interesting/juicy enou
It's rare, in a sense. After finishing the book I know exactly what I want to say. Here goes.

This book has potential to change somebody's life, probably? But it's not without flaws. And it does absolutely nothing for me personally. I wouldn't call it a waste of time, but I didn't like it much.

The healthy living message wasn't too forceful, but maybe it's because I mostly ignored it. I can do that, unless it gets too forceful - then I quit altogether. I'm just not invested in listening to preache
Jan 17, 2012 Shauna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the spirit of New Year's resolutions, and with a taste for something light and fluffy, I decided to give Fat Cat a go.

When Cat pulls a photograph of a gathering of our Homo Erectus ancestors I will not snicker, I am a grown up for a science project, she decides to ask the question,
with herself as the guinea pig.
Cat lacks confidence. Cat hates her body. So this piece of insanity marvelous idea
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jaglvr for

Catherine Locke has hated Matt McKinney ever since she overheard him say something mean about her at the seventh grade science fair. Before that fateful day, they were best friends. Now, she just wants to win this year's science fair. Science fair participation is a requisite for Mr. Fizer's Special Topics in Research Science class. The only problem is her project will depend on what picture she pulls from his stack. Mr. Fizer creates a folder with various
Jun 21, 2013 Megan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fat Cat is one of the funniest books I've read in a while. There are so many topics and issues thrown in one novel so interestingly without it being overwhelming. When a book is entertaining while teaching readers a lesson, you know that it is a great book.

Fat Cat is about a girl names Cat who is, as I'm sure you have inferred, overweight. When she bases her science project on simplifying her diet to how the first humans on Earth, everything changes for her. Not only does she have a great idea
Mrs. Reed
Dec 07, 2012 Mrs. Reed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, Robin Brande, since you're a goodreads author, I'll start by addressing you: I'm an adult, not a "young" adult. I picked up your book out of my classroom library because I liked the cover and I needed something to read on my way home from work (don't worry, I take the train). I feel like part of your purpose in writing this was to reveal to young people how much their eating and exercise habits influence other parts of their lives, and at least for me, it totally worked. Now, I'm already a f ...more
May 23, 2013 Marci rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Oh book, you've made me very happy!!! Fat Cat is definitely going on my favorites shelf!! Cat has inspired me to take better care of myself! Eat healthier, exercise, and make the most out of every single second!!! Cat before the experiment: smart, funny, fat. Cat after the experiment: smart, funny, hot. For her science fair project Cat Locke has decided to go back to the caveman times. Where they didn't have technology and junk food to make them overweight, and ridden with health related disease ...more
Mar 31, 2016 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was recommended this book like 3 years ago, and was't able to find it in a library until now. I had several good friends read the book, and they all really liked it and gave great reviews, so I thought why not! it sounds like a perfect story, that really relates to our society today. and as I thought it did, but on an even better level. it took a different direction that I thought the book was going to go, and it was awesome! I really liked the whole transformation that cat went though! and ho ...more
Reading this book has been a roller coaster ride of love and hate. I've loved it, and I've hated it. It's pretty fair to say that my feelings for Fat Cat is rather mixed. It is interesting and unique, but there are parts of it that really just annoys me. I have a love-hate relationship with Cat. On the one hand, I find she's a pretty good role model for other girls. She learns to love her body and to stand up for herself against people who despite her for being fat (and then making love proclam ...more
Jan 13, 2015 Carolyn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a Goldilocks story--one boy is too little, one boy is too much and one boy is just right. But besides that, it is a story of misunderstanding and self-destruction with too much food and too much anger. Only when a class project leads Cat to change her own eating behavior does she start to see that her own anger was the problem, not the actions of others--though I am certainly not willing to let Matt off the hook. Anyway, the characters are believable and I wish I had a friend like Amanda ...more
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Award-winning author Robin Brande is a former trial attorney, entrepreneur, black belt in martial arts, science nerd, Girl Scout leader, law instructor, yoga teacher, outdoor adventurer, and certified wilderness medic. Her novels have been named Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association. She was selected as the Judy Goddard/Libraries Ltd. Arizona Young Adult Author of the Y ...more
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