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The Cat Ate My Gymsuit (Marcy Lewis #1)

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Marcy's life is a mess. Her parents don't understand her, she feels like a fat blimp with no friends, and her favorite teacher just got fired. Ms. Finney wasn't like the other teachers, and she was helping Marcy feel good about being herself.
Now that she's gone, Marcy doesn't know what to do. She's always thought things would be better if she could just lose weight, but th...more
Paperback, 120 pages
Published May 29th 1986 by Pan Macmillan (first published 1974)
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Phoebe
Warning: this review might make me sound like an old person.

I couldn't help but read The Cat Ate My Gymsuit with a bit of wistfulness. Though the characters, voice, and situations likely still remain true to life, I suspect that there just isn't a place for books like Danziger's in the current world of children's and young adult writing.

It's the story of Marcy, a fat middle schooler whose horizons are opened up by her new hippie teacher, Ms. Finney. Ms. Finney encourages her students to be in to...more
ijul (yuliyono)
-----3,5 star

I LOVE THIS BOOK

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) sihh...love it. Tema-nya pun oke. Asyik-lah pokoke!
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...more
Speakercoret
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...more
Emily
(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
Jennifer
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!
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...more
Aramis
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
Melissa
This book did not hold up well for me. Danzinger was one of my favorite authors as a kid, but this book was written in 1974 and it shows. The protagonist's mom actually uses the term "women's liberation". Her dad's attitude is because he's the breadwinner, he makes the rules and treats his wife like his child. A teacher is seen as a radical because she goes by Ms. Marcia's friend has divorced parents and this fact seems to be a source of shame.

Additionally there are too many issues being raised...more
Julie Sondra Decker
Marcy feels frumpy and fat and ugly--especially if she's asked to change into her hideous gym suit--and she's convinced that losing weight will solve her problems. Nobody really understands her or supports her except Ms. Finney; her father is always critical and makes her mother cry, and she feels she has no allies. Ms. Finney has some wonderfully exciting revolutionary ideas, inspiring Marcy to use her voice and speak her mind. And it works! Marcy manages to talk to the boy she likes and find s...more
Hannah Yang
A girl named Marcy Lewis is the protagonist of this book. She is always negative about things and herself. Her only friend Nancy tries to help her out, but no use. One day, someone absolutely changes her life around.

A club called Smedley is created by a new English teacher Miss Finney, for students to get to know each other and fit in the school life well. There, Marcy makes new friends including a boy called Joel.

From joining Smedley, Marcy slowly begins to turn positive and happy. Everything w...more
Leisa
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...more
Rebekah
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.
Amy
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.
Misstea
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...more
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
Outnumbered09
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.
Rory
Jun 23, 2010 Rory rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Laszlo
Remember, everyone, three stars is a 'liked it'. I did like it, but it wasn't the best thing I've ever read.

Marcy is an overweight high school, and calls herself and other overweight people "blimps" (not to their faces, but in her mind, of course). She is in love with Joel, a normal sized, somewhat handsome intellectual. She dislikes her home life, with a mother deciding when she (the mother) uses tranquilizers on herself to calm herself down, and over-controlling and judgmental father. But, the...more
Redfox5
I used to have this in a book of 3 when I was younger and I always perfered the story that came after it 'There's a Bat In Bunk 5'. I don't have that book anymore so it's just me and 'The Cat Ate Mt Gymsuit'. I still like it. I understand the plot of the story more now though I found Marcy annoying and teenagary. I didn't feel this way about her when I was young. Kinda like when I see a group of 13 year old girls giggleing and I wish they would shut the hell up even though I know that I used to...more
Jackie
Hmm... I started to read this book as a kid, but never finished it. Years later, I decided I want to listen to the whole thing.

It was not really what I expected. The title of the book seems a bit misleading... the title is humorous to me, but the book is not meant to be. There is a touch of humor in some places, but it is mainly a book to send a message.

I found the characters relatable, on some levels, but terribly dated. The father is emotionally abusive, which is difficult to listen to, The...more
Nicole
Marcy Lewis is a girl who goes to school to kind of escape her life at home. She feels better at school with teachers because her father doesn't give her attention. Marcy has a favorite teacher named Ms. Finney who teaches her english class. Ms. Finney is a fun teacher because she makes all the students happy and she tries to help them learn in many different and helpful ways. But one day, Ms. Finney can't teach at Marcy's school anymore and of course all of her students can't believe that the b...more
Leslie
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...more
Richardhd96
Marcy Lewis is an overweight, thirteen year old girl with acne all over her face. She has a dad that is always yelling at her and a little brother that stuffs orange pits in a teddy bear. Her life is horrible until Ms. Finney comes to school. Ms. Finney is Marcy's new English teacher. She teaches in a whole different way than other teachers. She had a guitar player come into the class, they watch a lot of videos, and she teaches them to express their feelings. Marcy is finally feeling better ab...more
Mary
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
Shana Martin
The realistic fiction novel The Cat Ate My Gymsuit by Paula Danziger is a story about a girl named Marcy that is facing teenage problems of having parents misunderstand her as well as having a negative outlook on her body. Moreover, her favorite teacher Ms. Finney gets fired, which was the only teacher that actually understood her. As the story goes on, Marcy gets involved in the fight to bring back Ms. Finney where she is able to realize her voice.
The novel was able to expand the reader’s aw...more
Dottie
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...more
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Zakiyyah Mandisa’s Book Review:

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit Bantam Doubleday Dell Publishing Group, Inc., 1974, 119pp.
Paula Danziger ISBN 0-440-80025-0

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit is a book that you read because it was the only book left on the bookshelf. I have to say I was not that engaged in reading it, because it wasn't that interesting. Since this book was so boring, I don't want to read any other books from the author.

Marcy is the type of girl who has no self-esteem, and I guess living with a father w...more
Kate
I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed and related to The Cat Ate My Gymsuit, although I saw Marcy’s insecurities through different eyes than when I first read the book as a middle schooler. I felt a tenderness towards Marcy, a sort of recognition, since I too suffered those crippling teen anxieties and got through them thanks to nurturing relationships with teachers and friends. I also found myself relating more directly to Ms. Finney and Marcy’s mother as peers rather than The Grown...more
Katie G
Someone on the NaNo forums suggested I read this book because it's similar to the one that I'll be writing. I will say that I loved the idea behind this book. I loved that Marcy thinks of herself as a blimp with no friends and starts to realize that that's not really true. I love that she has a teacher that makes them think about things and that they all band together to try to help her get her job back. I love that there's a romantic subplot (sort of) that doesn't take over focus of the story....more
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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.
Danziger loved to travel and meet young kids all over the world. She was embraced by her audience for her abil...more
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