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Girls Acting Catty (Annabelle Unleashed #2)

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  1,778 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews
What's harder to deal with than a group of boys who act like dogs? How about a clique of catty mean girls? Annabelle has just figured out how to survive in junior high school. She's made great friends, her teachers are nice, and she's got lots of tricks up her sleeve for taming those pesky boys. But now she and her friends must confront a whole new brand of headache-- the ...more
Hardcover, 179 pages
Published November 1st 2009 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jul 12, 2011 Alex rated it liked it
At First Sight: Having gotten the hang of boys at her school, six grader Annabelle is about to face a tougher adversary: sixth-grade girls!

So far, Annabelle has been oblivious to the other girls in sixth grade, happily enclosed in her group of friends, until they land on the sights of the mean-girl clique of their grade: Taylor and the Three Terrors.

At the beginning, Annabelle doesn't want to get into it, as she doesn't know the other girls well enough to like them or dislike them; and she has h
Laura Hughes
Mar 19, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it it was ok
Shelves: girly-ya
I really enjoyed books 1 and 3 in this series ("Boys are Dogs" and "Everybody Bugs Out"), but this second book just left me cold.

"Boys are Dogs" is about the kind of aggression typical of middle-school boys in our culture--hitting, name-calling, taking things. So it makes total sense that the follow-up would explore the kind of bullying more typical of the girls, what social scientists call relational aggression: subtle insults, backhanded compliments, manipulation. The kind of bullying that ca
Lea (YA Book Queen)
Jan 05, 2010 Lea (YA Book Queen) rated it really liked it
Girls Acting Catty is the sequel to Boys Are Dogs. Having not read the first novel, I was worried I would not understand anything, but Margolis catches the reader up to speed fairly easily and quickly.

Annabelle was a wonderful character, and I couldn't help but to laugh at her "Firsts" as I remembered mine. Margolis really captured those moments of how it feels to be a tween and she made it real. Everything Annabelle was going through felt legitimate. Her depiction of Annabelle was wonderful as
Apr 09, 2012 ♥Caro♥ rated it it was ok
Shelves: waste-of-my-life
I usually don't like giving out bad reviews but i only have one word to describe this book: cliche. The girl becomes friends with popular group and her friends think shes betrayed them before she realizes the popular group is mean and her old friends were better. Thats basically the plot (at least to me)which has already been used way too many times. Sorry to anyone who liked this book. The comparing girls to cats and boys to dogs was kinda creative....but thats pretty much the only good thing a ...more
Aug 09, 2011 Emily rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Caroline if you see this I wanna thank you for lending me the books I enjoyed reading them.

To other people out there this book isn't all that bad if you enjoy the kind of books where it talks about girls and all the problems they face.

P.S. Caroline, is it ok if I give the books back to you the first or second day of school??????????
Dec 24, 2010 Clare rated it it was ok
Shelves: kidlit
Borrowed from my daughter's personal library when we "played library" :-). Maybe I'd have liked it more if I was 10! Annabelle takes forever to clue into the obvious antics by Taylor and her clique; she's too dense to be believable.
May 04, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing
I LOVE this book I've also read Boys are Dogs (there both by the same author about the same person u know what i mean) but Boys are Dogs isn't anywhere near as good as Girls Acting Catty!
Dec 29, 2011 Kayla rated it liked it
Not as great as the 1st, but good
Mar 17, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
Fun, quick read
Aug 23, 2011 Ninglu rated it it was amazing
Brief Summary
Halloween strikes at the starting of this sequel to Boys are Dogs, an awesome and humorous novel about Annabelle's Stevens's secret weapon to tame those wild animals.
With BFFs, Yumi, Claire, Rachel and Emma, they go trick-or-treating as tropical fish, and Rachel as a castle-in-the-fish-tank.

Then, eighth-grader dogs, well, aka boys, come along and carry the most scary weapon of all...eggs. Rotten eggs.

Escaped, they come along a girl with dark hair and a set of green eyes.

At first, A
Mar 14, 2010 Kelsey rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs
Girls Acting Catty was a fun, refreshing sequel to Boys Are Dogs which I read a couple of weeks ago. Margolis sees perfectly into the mind of a sixth grade girl, Annabelle was very believable and likable. I liked how she could stand up for herself and was a really good friend. In Girls Acting Catty, Annabelle had to deal with some mean girls and some of their remarks even made me wince- ah the fond memories of sixth grade. It’s a very hard grade and of course filled with a lot of firsts. Annabel ...more
Reading Vacation
Mar 09, 2011 Reading Vacation rated it really liked it
I was introduced to Annabelle in Boys Are Dogs and I dove right into her next adventure in Girls Acting Catty. This time around, Annabelle learns first-hand just how spiteful tween girls can be to each other.

If there is one thing that is important to a tween girl, it is her girlfriends. We share secrets, have inside jokes, and always stand by each other. Annabelle has a great group of friends, but she finds herself daydreaming of being accepted by the popular crowd – Taylor and the Terrible T’s.
Symone Harris
Nov 29, 2012 Symone Harris rated it really liked it
In the book, "Girls Acting Catty" by Leslie Margolis, the story takes place in Harlem. Annabelle goes through the middle school life. She learns about how girls can be extreemly catty. Her school year started off good. She made an amazing group of friends named Rachel, Emma, Claire, and Yumi. She also has her pet dog, Pepper.

As well as dealing with school, she finally gets use to living with Dweeble. At least until they announced their engagement. The engagement threw Annabelle off. She wasnt e
Jessica Mitchell
Nov 13, 2012 Jessica Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lauren
Jessica Mitchell, 10- (11 tomorrow)
Review for Girls Acting Catty
Leslie Margolis

I liked this book. A lot. I was very attracted to the cover when i saw it on a bestsellers shelf in barnes and noble, so I bought it with my birthday money.
Recently i've been really interested in the tween chick-lit books that involve boys, and other things girls have to know. One part that was really helpful was the step-by-step instructions given by Annabelle's mom on how to shave your legs-my mom said she wants me
The Bookologist
Nov 12, 2010 The Bookologist rated it liked it
In Girls Acting Catty, Margolis will embark you on a journey of your tween years, packed with drama, gossip, fights, crushes, and friendships. This was a very fun and adorable novel with a great touch of humor too!

Margolis's writing is fun and quirky. She knows what a tween would like, the dialogues were quirky, the transitions were quick and fast-paced, etc... I loved the whole idea of this book and it really shows you the 'tween' world.

The characters seemed very realistic and they were very fu
Oct 25, 2012 Bria rated it really liked it
This book is about a girl named Annabelle (who was introduced in the first book- Boys Are Dogs) who recently moved from her all-girls school to a real live middle school. In the first book, she makes all new friends (you can learn more about this in the first book) and gets a puppy who ends up helping her get through her first couple of months in middle school. This book follows up with her friends all having an encounter with the most popular girls in school. Throughout this book,Annabelle lear ...more
Emily M
Oct 10, 2012 Emily M rated it liked it

~Title: Girls Acting Catty ~Author: Leslie Margolis ~ Pages: 179~ Genre: Comedy and Humor; Realistic Fiction.

What’s harder to deal with than a group of boys who act like dogs? The answer is a group of catty mean girls. Annabelle just figured out how to survive middle school and she met a new group of friends- Rachel, Umi, Emma and Clare. But one night when they were out trick or treating she ran in to Taylor Stanfield, the mean, popular girl of the story. Taylor and her friends spotted Annabelle
Ava Lambert
I thought Girls Actin Catty was a good book. It was about a girl named Annabelle who faces school problems and life problems. She gets made fun of by the mean girls because say she has hairy legs. Also Annabelle realizes that those girls aren't her real friends. On top of that has to start to wear a bra. Which she didn't want to do. Plus her mom is re-marring a guy named ted. Ted is the father of the boy she likes at school.I think that the theme of the book is don't be friends with girls who m ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Readers were first introduced to Annabelle in Leslie Margolis' novel BOYS ARE DOGS.

After training the boys at school and her puppy, Pepper, Annabelle is back and as strong-willed as ever! She's adjusted to her new school and life with her mom's boyfriend, Ted. She's found some cool friends, too.

Things take a sharp turn when her mom and Ted decide to get married. Her future stepbrother, Jason, is coming for a visit. To make matters even worse, Jason becom
Stephanie Jay
Oct 16, 2012 Stephanie Jay rated it it was amazing
I liked this book!!! It was about a sixth grader, so I could relate to it in some ways.
The best part of the book was when Annabelle was at her mother's wedding, and Taylor, a mean girl, asked her if she wanted to hang out with her and her mean friends after they got mad at her. Annabelle tells her that she doesn't really want to. That was the best part, I think, because she stood up for herself instead of falling under Taylor's crowd insted of her own friends.
I think the people who should r
Trisha W.
Aug 12, 2010 Trisha W. rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-books, read2010
This was a cute book, and a fast read. I would have to say that it is more a tween read than young adult. But it was still cute, and boy did it bring back some memories of my school days!

The book is about a girl named Annabelle who has a great group of friends but she still can't help but think of what her life would be like being friends with Taylor and the Three Terrors. When Annabelle's wish comes true she doesn't think that she would lose everything that meant the most to her in just a few s
Jun 05, 2013 Lisa rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, teens, ala, arc
A good book that I wouldn't hesitate to put in the hands of any 8- to 12-year-old girl. The plot and characters are entirely believable, and definitely gave me flashbacks to middle school. There are good friends and false ones, as well as realistic struggles for a family that is essentially good and loving. I haven't read the first book in this series and thought this one stood on its own just fine.

As an adult, I didn't absolutely love this book, but that's ok. If you are an adult who enjoys go
Aug 06, 2016 Jacki rated it liked it
Now that Annabelle has tamed the dogs, she wants to train the cats: snobby mean girl Taylor and her posse. But, Taylor comes out nice and friendly toward Annabelle, even though Rachel has told her differently. So, Annabelle starts to convert to mean girl and makes a huge mistake. Then, Annabelle realizes that she has her own best friends from the beginning.
This book was immature and really unrealistic. Girls are not taking their best friends out of the country on Spring Break! Especially 6th
Ana Bracamontes
Oct 02, 2012 Ana Bracamontes rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me of Drama.I really wanted to read this book because it's so interesting and it talks almost about Gossoping and eye contacting.From this book i learned that girls are the ones who make the most Drama parties. For my experience i learned that drama is for really inzane people and i'm not that type of person. I truly recommend this book to all Drama clubs to start reading this book because once you read it you'll understand the reality of Drama and bullying.. I really enjoy thi ...more
Dec 01, 2013 Brianna rated it it was amazing
Girls Acting Catty by Leslie Margolis is a funny, fictional book about a girl named Annabelle, who after suffering boys, has to suffer some mean girls. While Annabelle is trick-or-treating with her friends on her street, she bumps into some girls at her school who she never really knew. They acted really mean to Rachel, Annabelle's friend and that ruins the night for everyone. Soon at school the girls start act mean then nice to Annabelle. Annabelle's friendship is starting to break with Rachel ...more
Aug 06, 2014 Julie rated it liked it
Shelves: classroom
This could be a high-interest, easy read for some reluctant tween girls. It is a sequel to Boys are Dogs, which is a popular title in my classroom library, especially for beginning of the year seventh grade girls. Girls acting Catty does not connect animal (cat) behavior to human behavior in the same fun way the first book (dogs) does. It does involve a simple plot that addresses the sometimes cruel relationships between girls, the trials of blending families, and even a hint of how to deal with ...more

so I feel sorry for Annabelle because her dog, Pepper loved her-UNTIL- Jason, her soon-to-be stepbrother came. He taught Pepper tricks, and gave him treats. Though Annabelle likes Jason, she is very mad. That is HER dog.
Sometimes, books annoy me because they talk too much about the same "problem." This book is not like that. Annabelle is brave, and doesn't complain. She would be my friend is she was real. Though this is NOTHING compared to the Clique series, it still i
Addison Children
Feb 10, 2014 Addison Children rated it liked it
Shelves: chapter-books
This is a sequel to Boys are Dogs. Annabelle, who was last seen using her new-found dog training skills to train the boys at her school, is now having trouble with the girls. She is caught in a war between her current group of BFFs and a group that includes the most popular girls in the school. Annabelle thinks she can be friends with both, and it backfires. But all is happy by the end. I liked the first one better.
Amanda Grigg
Dec 19, 2015 Amanda Grigg rated it liked it
Estelle Acosta
Feb 20, 2014 Estelle Acosta rated it really liked it
This book was my favorite book when i was 9 years old. i loved reading it, i read it like 5 times.
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Leslie Margolis at a young age aspired to be a writer, and she had been successful at it through her books. She lives in Los Angeles, California with her family.
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