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Catfishing on CatNet

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  36 ratings  ·  24 reviews
How much does the internet know about YOU? A thought-provoking near future YA thriller that could not be more timely as it explores issues of online privacy, artificial intelligence, and the power and perils of social networks.

Because her mom is always on the move, Steph hasn’t lived anyplace longer than six months. Her only constant is an online community called CatNet—a
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ebook, 288 pages
Expected publication: November 19th 2019 by Tor Teen
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The Kawaii Slartibartfast
I received a copy of this book from Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I loved this book so much and I am so glad I got read it.

The story revolves around Steph and the AI she befriends.

Steph's had a lonely life moving from place to place to escape her abusive father. Her only friends are on the social media sites CatNet.

This is a wonderful story about friendship, loyalty and a kind-hearted AI who just wants to look at kitty pics.
Eeva
Jul 29, 2019 rated it liked it
I have some major mixed feelings about this book.
On one hand it's not badly written and has a decent plot, but on the other it's weirdly written and the plot sometimes is just over the top.
lovebooks
Oct 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley

Do you know that the internet knows a lot about you? This book is about a mother and daughter running away from Steph’s dad. He’s a dangerous man. Steph never really had any real friends because she moved a lot. She goes online to a site called CatNet. She makes sure no one knows what she looks like or where she is. The chat room administrator is called CheshireCat. When Steph and her moms past life catches up with them her new friends help her find out the truth
lovebooks
Do you know that the internet knows a lot about you? This book is about a mother and daughter running away from Steph’s dad. He’s a dangerous man. Steph never really had any real friends because she moved a lot. She goes online to a site called CatNet. She makes sure no one knows what she looks like or where she is. The chat room administrator is called CheshireCat. When Steph and her moms past life catches up with them her new friends help her find out the truth
Lily
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, arcs, thriller, lgbt
***Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!***

This was such an interesting story and the book absolutely flew by. I was engaged from the very beginning, and the different perspectives were so unique.

I've never been a huge fan of science fiction, but this one sounded interesting enough for me to be able to give it a try and not hate it-- and I'm so glad that I did. It combined YA thriller with a sci-fi story of a sentient AI.

I suggest th
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Joanna Bennett
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Review to Come.
MAB  LongBeach
A YA expansion of/sequel to Kritzer's award-winning story "Cat Pictures Please."

In the very near future, Steph has spent her entire life being dragged from one small town to another by her mother, hiding from her dangerous father. Never staying in one place long enough to make friends, Steph's social life is on the online board called CatNet, where the currency of choice is animal pictures, especially of cats. When Steph's life begins to spiral out of control, her friends--including the secretiv
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Lisa Wright
A YA thriller with a nerdy twist and an openness regarding gender identity. Teen-aged Steph doesn't remember a time when she and her mother weren't on the run from her father. Her only real friendships are with the people in her group on the CatNet website--a haven for animal loving outcasts. Things turn seriously dangerous when her mother falls ill And Steph realizes her father has picked up her trail and now her CatNet friends may be in danger, too. I really loved this!
Jacqie
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks to Netgalley for providing a copy of this book for review.

If you read "Cat Pictures, Please" and wanted more of the AI who just wants to look at cat picture and help people (but can't always navigate the social niceties of what is actually helpful) then here's a whole novel with the same feel. I'm not sure how much catfishing actually takes place in the book, but it makes a cute title.

This is definitely YA. Our heroine, Steph, is about 16 or 17, and hasn't ever lived in the same place lon
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Rebecca Davis
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Jen
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
*DRC review thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for dropping the review copy on my Kindle.*
Considering that the plot is pretty dark, this was a fun, light read. It'll be perfect for curling up with when it's November release rolls around, and you can read it with some warm drink curled up on the sofa. I found the plot unguessable and was pretty much on the edge of my seat up until the end of the book. I was worried that it would be too wrapped up for a sequel, which I started hoping for pretty
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Cheryl
Oct 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Stephanie's mother has explained that she is terrified of Stephanie's father and that's why they move constantly, and why they've changed names. A computer whiz, Stephanie's mom can work anywhere and has managed to put up enough firewalls to permit Steph to use the computer at home. Because she never stays in one place long, most of Stephanie's friends are online, in a group called CatNet. She doesn't have any consistent human contacts outside of her mother. So, when mom ends up hospitalized wit ...more
Kayla Mckinney
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
With thanks to Net Galley and McMillan for allowing me to review this ARC!

Catfishing on Catnet by Naomi Kritzer is a difficult book to review - because it’s a difficult book to read... and that’s a good thing.

The novel centers on the adventures and misadventures of high schooler Steph. Her life is continually in turmoil because her mother insists on constantly moving from town to town - for reasons Steph doesn’t precisely trust. In an effort to create a safe, stable space, Steph joins a “clowde
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Louise Emerson
Aug 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steph and her Mum never live longer than 6 months in each place. They are on the run from Steph's father, who was abusive and dangerous.

Not allowed to upload pictures or tell people where they are. Steph's only link to proper friends is through CatNet- an online forum where they share cat pictures.
One day she discovers that the admin of the group is an AI and that one day she might need they and the group more than ever.

But when Steph Mum is taken ill and ends up in the hospital, It is up to S
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Megan McCaffrey
This ARC was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Catfishing on Catnet was an enjoyable read. The plot was interesting and had decent pacing. I liked Steph’s online friends; it’s great to see internet friends not depicted as stalkers. I liked Rachel and Byrony, Steph’s IRL friends, they were supprotive. Additionally, it was nice that Rachel and Byrony had their own relationship arc outside of Steph. I also enjoyed Chesire Cat, the A.I. I preferred Chesire Cat’s POV sections to Steph’s
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Alicia
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Y’all, I LOVED THIS BOOK. I totally read it all in one sitting and enjoyed every single second. It’s about Steph, whose mother always moves her from place to place—to keep her away from her abusive father—and so Steph's only friends are her internet pals on the CatNet site. BUTTTTTT one of those pals is a sentient AI!! (I think the one from Kritzer's award winning story Cat Pictures Please.) I LOVE a sentient AI that loves its friends!! Soon danger catches
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kb
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I read this author's sci fi short story "Cat Pictures Please" and thought it was a brilliant piece, so I was happy to have been approved to read the novel it inspired. I was happier to find it as a gripping YA thriller, involving the discussion of where technology is at (or will it be at) and all that comes with it—our use, our privacy, our limits. There's also a bit on family relationships and gender identity, which for me went to show that this author is kind of ~unstoppable. I'd read her next ...more
Joe Crowe
Sep 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This one is a YA novel, where the hero's only source of community is CatNet, a site devoted only to cat pictures.

Sidebar: CatNet would be the only Internet site I ever visited. I think we can all agree on this.

Back to review: The site's admin is a sentient AI, which I posit would be the only drawback.

Sidebar again: Even if the AI were a Terminator who got closer to my house each time I logged on, I'd still go there. Come on: cat pictures.

The story is very of the moment, detailing the challen
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Seren Konigkramer
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This was such a brilliant book. I read it at every spare moment – I could hardly put it down. It was gripping, suspenseful, intense, and a little bit scary at times. I enjoyed the characters and the plot. And as for CheshireCat. Woah. At first you’re casually reading about how they could hack and track things, then you realise what they’re actually saying and it makes you want
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Kaili Taghon (Entertainingly Nerdy)
I have mixed feelings about this book. It's not bad but it's not one of my favorites either. I feel like even though the book was good some of the characters fell a little flat. I also feel like the main character's priorities were a little mixed up at times. The writing is good and I loved the ending!
K.S. Lewis
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is definitely a thriller that the young adult community needs in its genre. I know a thing or two about having an online alias that your friends IRL (in real life) don't know about, and it was something scary to have them find that out when I was 16. I felt a strong relation to Steph, and I think that readers will too, especially in this day and age.
Stephanie
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Christina
DNF @ 30%
Too cringy for me.
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Jul 18, 2019 added it
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