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Marcy's Problem at School (Marcy Lewis #1)

3.82  ·  Rating Details ·  7,640 Ratings  ·  299 Reviews
Perkenalkan, namaku Marcy Lewis. Aku gemuk dan berjerawat. Canggung dan mudah gugup. Sekolahku mengerikan. Aku tahu teman-teman menertawakan di belakangku. Keadaan di rumah lebih buruk. Ayah menganggapku tidak berarti, dan seringkali bertengkar dengan ibu. Singkatnya: aku punya banyak masalah!
Semua itu berubah ketika Ms. Finney muncul. Sebenarnya dia adalah guru bahasa Ing
Paperback, 178 pages
Published June 3rd 2008 by Penerbit Matahati (first published 1974)
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Historical context is paramount for full enjoyment of this adorably dated book was a fun read. While I think kids might have some trouble with casual references to recreation rooms, records, women's liberation and push button phones. The real issue is Marcy's parents. Without understanding the era in which this story was published (mid-seventies)they come off as a cartoonish villian and victim. The rampant McCarthyism and casual mysogny of Marcy's father as he chomps on a cigar while downing sco ...more
Oh Marcy, could I love you more? This book helped me and a lot of other girls accept what we looked like and who we were. I especially like this cover (the one I own) as that is EXACTLY what I imagine Marcy to look like!
Chelsea D
This book is about a student named Marcy Lewis who hates school and she's one of the volleyball players in her school. In her classroom, no teacher have ever lasted in their room as a teacher because the students disrespect the teacher when they hate the teacher that's teaching them. Then this person who is ready to teach and
Dec 20, 2011 Speakercoret rated it really liked it
Aku benci ayahku. Aku benci sekolah. Aku benci tubuh gemukku. Aku benci Kepala Sekolah karena ia ingin memecat Ms.Finney, guru bahasa inggrisku.

Membaca kalimat pertama itu, aku mengira Marcy ini tentu orang yang sering mengeluh, tidak puas dengan apapun, penyendiri dan mungkin pemarah..

Setelah meneruskan membaca terbukti semua yg kukira di awal ternyata banyak yg salah..
Mercy memang penyendiri, tapi dia bukan pemarah, dia pemalu.. Dia malu akan kegemukan tubuhnya, dia malu jika muncul jerawat di
Feb 17, 2011 Rebekah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm really surprised to hear that so many people liked this book - I am at a loss to say anything about it. I can't say that it was really terrible, it was just pointless to me. The characters were a little too basic and contrived - they are either good or evil, with no exploration into their viewpoints, backgrounds, or values. For a book that seems to be promoting understanding other people and accepting new ideas, it felt very one-sided to me.
ijul (yuliyono)
-----3,5 star


Nggak nyangka bakal jatuh suka sama buku ini, dan kelar dengan begitu cepatnya pas dibaca. Ngalir banget ceritanya, dan nggak bertele-tele, meskipun ending-nya agak sedikit terlalu mudah. Pengen lebih greget. Tapi, cukup seru (banget) it. Tema-nya pun oke. Asyik-lah pokoke!
Ian Wood
Nov 28, 2014 Ian Wood rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.

Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three-
Peni Astiti
Perkenalkan, namaku Marcy Lewis. Aku gemuk dan berjerawat. Canggung dan mudah gugup. Sekolahku mengerikan. Aku tahu teman-teman tertawa di belakangku. Keadaan di rumah lebih buruk. Ayah menganggapku tidak berarti, dan seringkali bertengkar dengan ibu. Singkatnya, aku punya banyak masalah!

Review saya:
Ini buku bagus yang pernah saya baca. Tentang common problem gadis ABG. Yang kehilangan rasa percaya diri gara-gara bertubuh gemuk dan berjerawat. Marcy merasa dia adalah orang dengan masalah paling
May 28, 2009 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to, kid-lit
(3.5) This was a nice quick "modern classic"-- I don't think I read it as a kid, but I could have. Though a lot of the story holds up now, 30+ years later, a lot of it is dated (Miss vs. Ms., women's liberation issues, smoking "grass", etc.) Girls will still be able to relate to Marcy's weight issues, her mean father, and her clueless mother, however. I'm not sure who I would give this book to-- it is written at a pretty low reading level (4th-5th grade), but features a 13 year old 9th grader wh ...more
Jul 25, 2007 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
This book will always have a special place in my heart. I was twelve when I read it and completely identified with the main character and her struggles. I also loved the teacher in the story, who helped inspire me to be a teacher (at least for a little while). I still recommend this book to preteens and teens who feel they just don't fit in.
Jun 23, 2010 Rory rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: chubby tweens
Shelves: kids
This book meant SO much to me when I was in fifth grade. I actually remember reading it while walking home. I mean, I distinctly remember walking and reading at the same time.
Mar 14, 2014 Leisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RETRO REREAD #3. I am going back and re-reading books from my adolescence (found in several boxes while moving. Books that is, not my adolescence - that's long gone) and this is the third one I pulled from the shelf (the first was This Time of Darkness by HM Hoover and the second was Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames), but I just now decided to make it a "thing" and give it a nifty name.

So anyway - the ratings I am giving these books are based on two things: 1) did it hold up well, and
Neariah Mandisa
The Cat Ate My Gymsuit Delacorte Press, 1974, 119 pp.
Paula Danziger ISBN 0-440-80025-0

Marcy Lewis is a regular teenage girl. She is a character who many others can relate to. She has fears a real life teenage girl might have, about pimples, weight, home life. She is a living a life she feels she has no control over, and after being inspired by her classmates, and her English teacher Ms. Finney, she is doing something about it. The author, Paula Danziger's, message that this book shared was to
Nov 01, 2015 Jen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of my staples as a kid, not least because I totally glommed on to a character completely insecure about her body and also having a hard time with a disconnected mother. Yes, it shows that this was written in the 70s--the ideas of a teacher being "Ms." or of a woman having to stay in the home are pretty out-of-date these days--but the main concepts are still incredibly strong. Every kid wants an adult who makes him/her realize that s/he has something to offer. Every kid is going thro ...more
Juniper Shore
Mar 20, 2016 Juniper Shore rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was Danziger's first novel, and it shows. The moral is heavy-handed, the dialogue and narrative text are trite, and the only flashes of wit are in Marcy's excuses to her gym teacher (the title of the book is one such excuse).

The fundamental problem with the book is that it talks down to its audience. Marcy is ostensibly thirteen years old, but her narration reads as though she's about eight. Even in 1974, high-school kids would never talk about political issues this way--hell, this was a ye
I had the audio version of this book (downloaded from my state's FREE audio library service - see if yours has one!) and LOVED it. It was produced by Full Cast Audio which is awesome if you listen to a book by them. I had to compose myself several times before going into a couple stores today while listening in my car because it was emotional. LOL It also has a segment at the end by Paula Danziger herself which was neat for lack of a better word. :)

I would recommend this book for early teens as
Jake T
Apr 11, 2016 Jake T rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The cat ate my gymsuit by Paula Danzinger was a very inspirational book because of the way the characters gave the story. I enjoyed the book a lot and I am looking to read more of this author, because it gave a huge impact on Marcy (the main character) on how one person (Ms.Finney a new teacher) can help you step out of your comfort zone. More main characters are Joel , Nancy , Mom, Dad, and the principal Mr.Stone (cause he has the personality of a brick wall). The main setting is all over Dwigh ...more
I read this book when I was about fourteen and I remember really liking it, but had lost a lot of the details. The volleyball / dangling participle scene and wishing I could have gotten out of phys.ed. so easily is about the only thing that stuck.

As a adult that was raised in a household that had many of the same dynamics, I was rather blown away at some of the memories that it brought back. And with the clarity of 30 years growth, I see that Marcy's father was terribly abusive and Marcy's poor
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
I found this book in an old box with a bunch of other books that defined my early teen years. I sat down and reread it in about an hour. It brought back a ton of memories for me. I believe it still stands the test of time - I'm not sure kids say "neat" anymore or any kid today would understand the horror of getting a phone call from a "friend" during dinner and having to stand in the kitchen while the family listened with the cord wrapped around your arm, but the themes remain consistent, unfort ...more
Jun 03, 2015 Jaret rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4-5-star-books
This was a decent coming of age novel. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was actually coming of age, and going through similar experiences. Now, I'm looking at the characters with the benefit of wisdom that comes with age. However, having said that, Danziger created some phenomenal characters that were very relatable. At one point, when Marcy's father was being a worse emotional abuser than normal, I actually called my father and told him I loved him for not being like that. The best pa ...more
Hillary Mitchell
Jan 17, 2016 Hillary Mitchell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While I liked the main character, as I identify with her, the rest of the characters come off as complete annoying jerks, especially the father and the principal. The father calls her stupid and comes close to physically abusing her. Unfortunately her mother doesn't to anything about it and would rather let them stay in this bad relationship. The principal is a bully and I feel that in real life he would've been fired. The story was just unpleasant and the main issue that gets the teacher fired ...more
Brandi Kunst
Marcy Lewis is a young student. At first she's shy, hates the way she looks, and refers to herself as the blimp. Everyday she goes to school and she skips gym class and is scared of showing too much blimp (fat). One day things change, she changes. Mrs. Barbra Finney comes as a new English teacher. She brings out the real Marcy. Marcy starts to stick up for herself and later in the book she has to stand up for mrs. Finney.
Word of advice--If you are reading a book to your kids that you haven't read in a really long time, reread it by yourself first! There were a few kind of heavy topics in this one for my 10 yr old.
Oct 27, 2015 Yannelis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it a good a book
Sandy McDowell
I have recently discovered that I really enjoy Paul Danziger. I love the Amber Brown series. True to the title, his book was funny with all its excuses for getting out of gym--something I would have totally identified with as a chubby middle grader. And it was so much more: about how parents respond to child's weight, issues in the early 70s about women trying to find more independent roles and how men responded to that, expanding the world for smart 13 year old students, friendship between a bo ...more
Jan 10, 2017 Kayla rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
one of the best books I have read this year!
Nov 13, 2013 Dottie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
disturbing messages for kids. would NOT recommend to any kid without serious discussion afterwards of how these messages are so wrong.

1. the father is verbally abusive and the mother tells Marcy that it's okay and that he loves her. WHAT?? Abuse is NOT love, never, in no way shape or form. When that mother is telling her child to put up with abuse, it's like saying the child deserves to be treated that way. NO WAY. That mom should be saying the dad is wrong and the child should never feel that s
Sep 03, 2016 Zoe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zoe by: Everyone, especially girls in middle school.
Shelves: favorites
I picked up this book on a whim. My mom read it as a kid and after seeing it at a thrift store, bought it for me. The clearly 70's cover and whiny description gave me low expectations, however the heart and whit and reliability really came through on this book and I read it in an hour and a half.

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Jul 15, 2011 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first audiobook that wasn’t a children’s picture book. I listened to The Cat Ate My Gymsuit (2 hrs and 46 min) by Paula Danziger, read by Caitlin Brodnick and the Full Cast Family. It is recommended for ages 12 to adult. I chose this from YALSA 2005 Amazing Audiobooks for Young Adults. According to ALA, YALSA judges on the following criteria: “appeal to teen audiences ages 12-18, effective use of voices, music, sound effects, and language, appropriateness, and the quality and clarity ...more
This is through the eyes of an educator first-time reading of, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," by Paula Danzigger.

As an educator, I often listened to what books my students particularly liked or disliked. One of my elementary students pulled and highly recommended me reading, "The Cat Ate My Gymsuit," by Paula Danzigger. She read this book on her own with the accompanying playaway (audio follow along). In my personal opinion, and every teacher is different is, I would not personally read this story o
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Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in New York, Paula Danziger knew since the second grade that she wanted to be a writer. Throughout her career, she wrote a collection of children's stories, including The Cat Ate my Gymsuit, The Divorce Express and, more recently, the Amber Brown series.
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