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An experiment so bold, anyone might think it was a little crazy...

Catherine Locke is smart, ambitious, and--okay, not the slimmest girl around. But she's always cared more about her brain than her body. So far that's gotten her where she wanted: into the most advanced, competitive science class at her high school, where she'll once again face her fiercest rival, Matt McKin...more
Hardcover, 330 pages
Published October 13th 2009 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Cara
Jun 06, 2014 Cara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Jessica
*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...more
Arlene
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...more
Valerie
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...more
~Tina~
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...more
Tatiana
Feb 02, 2010 Tatiana rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: fans of light, fun YA
Recommended to Tatiana by: Lisa McMann, A.S. King
Shelves: 2010, ya, 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...more
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...more
Okapi
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...more
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...more
oliviasbooks
Dec 28, 2010 oliviasbooks rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Alexa
I love satisfying endings. This book was funny & smart, and Cat was a great character. :)
willaful
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...more
Isamlq
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...more
Brooke
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)
Shauna
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,
CAN MODERN HUMANS BENEFIT FROM RETURNING TO THE EATING & LIFESTYLE HABITS OF THE EARLY HOMININS?
with herself as the guinea pig.
Cat lacks confidence. Cat hates her body. So this piece of insanity marvelous idea...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 06, 2012 Jennifer Wardrip marked it as to-read-i-own-it
Reviewed by Jaglvr for TeensReadToo.com

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...more
Megan
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...more
Mrs. Reed
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
Anna
Jul 20, 2010 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
Marci
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
Lauren
Oct 15, 2009 Lauren rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
Fat Cat defiantly proves the reason why you should NEVER judge a book by it's cover. Since, I seriously thought this book wouldn't be that great when I received it in the mail a while back because of it's lackluster cover, but to my surprise hidden inside was not only a novel, but characters, that captured my heart and truly shined throughout.

I'm not sure how I can describe Cat exactly, but I will say that she was funny, smart, and a fantastic role model for girls everywhere. Simply, because she...more
Idalia
Fat cat is surprisingly insightful, enjoyable, appealing, and possibly life-changing. I went into Fat Cat expecting alot, and I received twice what I asked for. It was a delight reading Fat Cat, as it changed my views on the subject of nutrition and weight.

Fat Cat revolves around the life of Cat, who as a science experiment, takes up the task of proving how she can like our ancestors who didn't have any modern conveniences, artificial sweeteners, and any accommodations we have today. In addition...more
Erin
When I read the synopsis on the back of this book, I thought that I wouldn't be interested. I probably would never have read it if so many people on goodreads.com weren't raving about this novel.

Fat Cat is a book with so many layers in it that one might compare it to an onion... Yes, this is a YA book so there are some things that are given, and I don't usually like to read about a "fat girl", but the whole science project aspect made it so much better in my eyes. I was intrigued, to say the lea...more
Stephanie
Honestly, the summary from RandomBuzz is way better than the summary on the back of the book. And because I didn't get a chance to read the good summary, I was left with the really short bad summary and all in all, I didn't expect this book to be good. At all.

However, as soon as I finished the first chapter, the book had me completely riveted. I wanted to know more - about everything! The science project and what picture she would choose and most importantly, the guy Cat was staring at.

I loved a...more
Kelsey Miller
I really enjoyed this book, for many reasons. I’ll first tell you, though, that this isn’t ground breaking stuff, here. It’s a light-hearted rom-com that features a funny heroine and a really attractive boy.

Or is it?

Okay, yeah, it does have all of these qualities, but it DEFINITELY is not your average book. Now, some people might find the premise of Cat losing all of this weight so quickly a little bit unbelievable.

But it isn’t.

Fat Cat is more than just a novel. It actually educates you. Granted...more
Mahima
I decided to read this book of no particular reason, except it had chips on the front cover and I like chips! It also had a half-eaten apple and the contrast of the chips and apple I though was very interesting so I gave it a go! Even though people say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover…’ And so on I have to say that’s exactly what I did!
I choose to put this book under the category of a ‘book of your own choice’, simply because this book was my choice and I thought it would be a chance for me to r...more
Meg
Fat Cat is one of the best young adult novels I’ve read in a long, long time. Despite her weight insecurities and overwhelming anger at Matt, Cat is a self-assured, funny and empowered teen who isn’t afraid to think differently and work hard. The premise of Brande’s novel — a science experiment — felt really unique to me, and I’ve definitely never come across a story that rivals Fat Cat in terms of content.

Cat is smart and sassy, and the novel couldn’t have succeeded with her as the heroine. Add...more
Katie
I normally never read Young Adult because I can't stand the juvenile and predictable romance-novel quality about them, and this one DID definitely have that (so I did not enjoy those parts) but I read it because of an interest in the main topic. A high schooler does a science project essentially on the "paleo diet" and lifestyle, theorizing that going back to our prehistoric ways of eating would behoove us as a species rather than indulging in all the chemical, processed crap that is the bulk of...more
Karen
Cat is a smart, overweight, junk-food addicted high school student whose close friendship with (and crush on) a boy named Matt dissolved 4 years ago after a very hurtful incident (the details of which are undisclosed to the reader until fairly late in the book). Faced with the pressure of a high school science fair experiment, she decides to study the impact of modern diets and technology on health by using herself as the subject of an experiment. Cat vows to live like a prehistoric hominim for...more
Ella
Let’s face it, Catherine Locke was fat. The perfect meal consists of chips, candy bars, and soda. Is that why Matt keeps staring at her?
“Fat Cat”, by Robin Brande, is a realistic fiction novel about a 17-year-old girl named Catherine, who is not only fat, but also smart, brave, and stuck in her past. Alienated from her best friend Matt because of a bad choice he made in seventh grade, Cat holds a grudge and plots her revenge. But is forgiveness in her future? As Catherine embarks on a seven-mont...more
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