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Cat Girl's Day Off

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  396 ratings  ·  107 reviews
Natalie Ng’s little sister is a super-genius with a chameleon-like ability to disappear. Her older sister has three Class A Talents, including being a human lie detector. Her mom has laser vision and has one of the highest IQs ever. Her dad’s Talent is so complex even the Bureau of Extra-Sensory Regulation and Management (BERM) hardly knows what to classify him as.

And Nat?
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 334 pages
Published April 1st 2012 by Tu Books (first published May 1st 2011)
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Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
First off, I should be clear - I am NOT a cat person. Yes, I'm a librarian. Yes, I'm a single woman over 30. Yes, I wear a lot of cardigans.

But I.
a Dog.

And I should also be clear - this IS a cat book. There are lots of jokes about cats, which fans of Chi's Sweet Home will enjoy. For real cat people.

But I LOVED it anyway.

For one thing, it's been too long since I've read a light-hearted YA. Nat's entire family has superpowers. So does she. But she has the lamest superpower. All she can do
Paige (Illegal in 3 Countries)
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Diversity Rating: 2 – It’s a Start!
4 (Nat and her family are Chinese from the father’s side; her best friend Oscar is Japanese through his mom)
QUILTBAG: -1 (Oscar is gay and one of the worst Gay Best Friend stereotypes I’ve seen in a while)
Disability: 0
Intersectionality: 0

Oh, were you not aware that I like cats? Understandable. I’m pretty subtle about it, what with my constant cat pics on social media and running a book blog called The YA Ki
Mar 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Me reading this book:

Now the review.

First thoughts
If you follow me on Twitter you know how happy this book made me!

This cover reveals exactly what this book is: fun, fast, full of color! It's what made me request the book and I'm grateful it did, because it doesn't disappoint.
And on a side note, I'm glad it features an Asian girl. I heard about racism when it comes to covers (sic!) and I'm happy it's not the case.

I don't see how anyone could DISLIKE this book! It's fresh, it's fun, it's
Peter Tillman
Nov 26, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This is a pretty good YA urban fantasy about a girl who can talk to cats. Not dogs, though the cats can talk to dogs, a little. Anyway, the plot is a mess, with a superpower shapechanger villain who takes over a movie star, because, well, *movie star*. And high school boys, and Natalie Ng's first date with her crush from trig class. I skipped over the slow start and probably missed some of the set-up, but this is basically YA fluff. But pretty good fluff, and she can talk to *cats*. Who talk bac ...more
Feb 18, 2013 rated it did not like it
The best way I can describe my experience with Cat Girl's Day Off would be that it was like having a bad day. A bad day is when you wake up late, drop your toothbrush on the bathroom floor, can't find the car keys, see some young kid screaming in the grocery store, and don't get the last piece of pizza at dinner. Sure, if any of these individual moments happened on a perfectly normal day it wouldn't really matter overall, but on a bad day it's the way the little things add up and build upon each ...more
May 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Natalie Ng comes from a super Talented family. Both her parents and her older and younger sisters all have useful, practical Talents. But Natalie? Yeah, all she can do is talk to cats. It’s not something she’s particularly proud of, and it’s definitely not something she likes to share. In fact, outside of her family, the only two people who know of her skill are her two quirky best friends, Oscar and Melly. And Natalie would like more than anything to keep it that way. But when she stumbles upon ...more
Dec 01, 2013 added it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is pretty much exactly what it promises to be: the breezy (but not shallow) story of a girl who's grown up in a family of supernatural supergenuises who's saddled with the comparatively unimpressive, even embarrassing (she thinks) ability to talk to cats.
***Originally posted to: Bookish Book Blog |YA and Adult Book Reviews, Author Interviews, Guest Posts, Giveaways and news! ^___^

I loved, loved, LOVED this book. Humorous, delightfully cheerful, clever, and refreshingly quirky, Cat Girl's Day Off is one of the most enjoyable novels I've ever read. You wouldn't believe how much fun I had with this book. Filled with vibrant personalities, laugh-out-loud hilarious dialogues, eye-popping situations, mysteries, and cats with attitude, Kimberly Pauley'
Apr 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: teen-fantasy
Seriously quirky in the best way possible. As a library employee who completely fulfills the cat-lover stereotype, I love the idea of a girl who can communicate with cats. I'd love to hear what mine are thinking. But as much as I love the concept, I really love the main character. Natalie Ng may not think much of herself in comparison to her uber-talented family, but her understated, sarcastic wit & self-effacement is very, very real & very appealing. I dare a reader not to want to be he ...more
Nov 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, animals, fantasy, fiction
SO FREAKING AWESOME! It has CATS! She actually talks to them! At first I wasn't sure and I thought she talked at them but no she talks to them and they talk back. It's so cool. It has CATS! A bit of romanticalness going on and a whole bunch of pop culture reference. Oh and she's half Asian, which was cool... cause I'm half Asian so I get that thing. Also I hadn't realised that this was the same author as the one who wrote the Sucks To Be Me books, which I loved and still am waiting on the third ...more
Julie (Manga Maniac Cafe)
Apr 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I enjoyed this one quite a bit, despite the annoying, stereotyped BFFs. I consider this a popcorn read; it's quick and the prose is breezy and humorous. I loved all of the cats, even if Nat wasn't so fond of all of her new feline friends. Pack this one in your beach bag - it's the perfect book to consume while lounging in the sun.

Full review soon at
Kim Baccellia
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Hilarious with a great voice!

My YA Books Central Review:
Jun 15, 2012 rated it liked it
There were a lot of things I really liked about this book:

1. It is realistic fiction except that certain people have "Talents" such as mind-reading or supersensory abilities. I love it when stories are set in alternative universes and it's like, no big deal, that people have certain abilities (see "knacks" in the Alvin Maker series by Orson Scott Card or "working" in The Curse Workers series by Holly Black). Our heroine Natalie Ng's Talent is she can communicate with cats, which is pretty much E
May 19, 2012 rated it liked it
This is really a solid 3.5 stars, but I felt the "liked it" description of a three-star rating fit better for me than the "really liked it" four-star one. I love the concept - in a world where some people have superpower-like Talents, a girl whose Talent is to talk to cats is the only one who can solve the mystery of a kidnapped celebrity; hijinks ensue. And I really love the nonchalant and positive inclusion of diverse characters - racially diverse and also LGBTQ, sometimes both. Plus, girl tal ...more
Nat Ng, middle daughter in a family where superpowers are extraordinary, has the unenviable talent of being able to speak to cats.  When a celebrity's cat goes crazy and attacks his owner, Nat is the only one who understands what the cat is saying--that someone was impersonating his owner.  Can Nat and her friends find out what really happened to the celebrity, or will the imposter make them disappear too.

As a person who grew up with cat's I can tell you that their were many times
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Carol Nicolas
Dec 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book was hilarious! I haven’t laughed so hard in a long time. Set in a modern day Chicago where people have important Talents (superpowers), teen Natalie Ng (pronounced ‘Ing’) only has the embarrassing talent of being able to talk to cats, and she doesn’t want anyone to know about it. But when she sees a YouTube video of a popular celebrity blogger carrying a yowling cat, she is the only one who realizes that the cat is telling everyone that his person has been kidnapped, and that this woma ...more
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Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Those looking for something light and fun. And cat lovers:)
This was an arc that I recieved from netgalley. I was not sure it would be my type of book, being about cats and all. However, I must say that I actually very much enjoyed this novel. It was light and easy, funny and fun.

I am sort of impartial when it comes to felines. But, I did enjoy the cats in this book. I laughed several times at the comments that came from the animals. I enjoyed Natalie's character. She was as down to earth as a person who talks to cats can be.

Kimberly Pauley is a terrif
Jul 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I adored Cat Girl's Day Off, Pauley's love letter to John Hughes' Ferris Bueller's Day Off. This completely original mystery is both humorous and clever. Plus, I'm thrilled to see a multicultural cast of characters that breaks with stereotypes. And best of all, you'll never, ever look at your cat the same way again. I only wish--much as I know it would annoy Nat--that she could tell me what my kitties are thinking. I get the sense this could be the start of a series, I sure hope so.
Mar 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Super fun read with a cast of great characters (human and non). The story moves along like a cat to a freshly opened can of tuna (that's fast in case you're not a cat person). "Frick on a stick." "Poodle farts." I definitely recommend this book for anyone looking for contemporary, fun, speculative fiction you can sink your claws into.
Feb 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
Fun and funny characters and plot. Readers who liked Ingrid Law's Savvy when they were younger might get a kick out of this one.


Too stilted, and too young for me.

Dec 26, 2011 marked it as to-read
Oh my gosh! I hope there's a giveaway! pleaaase!
Diane Adams
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I chose this book because of its cover. Really! One of the categories for my reading challenge was "a book with a cat on the cover". A pink cat? Perfect!
I did have a little trouble getting into it, but I figured it was short enough that I could get through it no matter what. And then we actually met the pink cat...and I was hooked! I don't know whether Pauley has any plans for further adventures of Cat Girl, but if she does, I'm there!
Apr 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Review originally posted to Words at Home June 14, 2012:

Reading Cat Girl’s Day Off was like taking a super fun mini vacation in a book. It was the hilarious and silly adventure of Natalie (aka Cat Girl) and her band of misfit friends as they enlist the help of the neighborhood cats to solve a mystery and save the celebrity blogger that they look up to. Add a healthy dose of Ferris Bueller references, a girl who can talk to cats and a psychotic celebrity k
Natalie can speak to cat. It sounds like a cool ability, but compared to her family’s ability, hers sounds like a ‘party trick’ talent. Her older sister has three super cool Talents, including being a human lie detector. Her younger sister can ‘disappear’ like a chameleon. Her mother has really high IQ and laser vision. Her father’s nose is hypersensitive and he can tell each bit of chemical component in things.

When Natalie’s friend Oscar shows her a funny video of a crazy cat attacking her famo
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Don’t judge books by their cover. That’s your moral lesson for today. It can lead to a great many missed opportunities. With a name like Cat Girl’s Day Off, you might suspect this to be a sappy, immature read, and that would be very, very bad mistake to make. In fact, this is a problem with the literature world today: the inherent stigma against supposedly “girly” books. CGDO is a worthwhile read for just about everyone.

This book takes place in a world where some people, for whatever reason, hav
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KIMBERLY PAULEY is the author of the award-winning Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. The sequel, Still Sucks to Be Me, was listed on the VOYA Best Science Fiction Fantasy List of 2010. Born in California, she has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband (a numbers man) and the cut ...more