By: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
This book was similarly as interesting as a book I reviewed later last year: Big Fat Manifesto. In this book the protagonist, Cat, suffers from a four-year long burden/grudge; a secret that only she and her best friend, Amanda, seem to really know about. Cat has felt betrayed by her best-guy-friend, Matt. All the emotions that were linked to her thoughts of him were the fuel that influenced her to make the decision of using her body as a science experiment. But things go so right in so many ways.
Body image is a big deal for teens, and with a novel titled Fat Cat, you know that the issues will revolve around the relationship between somebody and their body. In this case, it’s a teen battling with her physical appearance and figuring out who she was really angry against. Fat Cat is another cleverly plotted book in the life of several teenagers who are learning and growing. Although some things were expected, there were others that I smiled because it wasn’t what I expected – yup, I smiled.
I believe this book is a great piece for teaching teens that they shouldn’t always consider their body weight as the prime essential factor to how people will perceive them. Although Cat started as a very heavy girl (no weight was ever mentioned, I’m still debating whether this was done on purpose) and she managed to slim herself down to a healthy weight in seven months thanks to healthy eating and exercise. She also had a different appreciation for what she’s capable of. She found that hidden prowess that she wasn’t able to pull up from inside her earlier. Also the reality of body acceptance and understanding.