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Saturday, June 2, 2012

Cat Girl's Day Off by Kimberly Pauley (Review)

Genre:Young Adult, Contemporary, Comedy, Mystery, Paranormal
Publication.Date  April 1st 2012
Published By:  Tu Books
WebsiteKimberly Pauley 

Cat Girl's Day Off - Goodreads
My review copy:Finished copy won in a giveaway at Nook Full Of Books (Thank you, Agnieszka!)
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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? She can talk to cats.

The whole talking-to-cats thing is something she tries very hard to hide, except with her best friends Oscar (a celebrity-addicted gossip hound) and Melly (a wannabe actress). When Oscar shows her a viral Internet video featuring a famous blogger being attacked by her own cat, Nat realizes what’s really going on…and it’s not funny.

(okay, yeah, a frou-frou blogger being taken down by a really angry cat named Tiddlywinks, who also happens to be dyed pink? Pretty hilarious.)

Nat and her friends are catapulted right into the middle of a celebrity kidnapping mystery that takes them through Ferris Bueller’s Chicago and on and off movie sets. Can she keep her reputation intact? Can she keep Oscar and Melly focused long enough to save the day? And, most importantly, can she keep from embarrassing herself in front of Ian?

Find out what happens when the kitty litter hits the fan.(Goodreads)

Meep stretched again and then ambled over to sniff Rufus's butt. She was a lot like a dog that way, though I'd never tell her that. I like my bed not peed in.
He always seemed to have a sly grin on his face, like he'd just thought of this hilarious joke that he was about to tell you and it would be so funny you would pee your pants. And he knew you would, which was why he was smiling to begin with.
I'll be requiring some decent food and a litter box, he said. If you have that in your room, then we are agreed.

     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's most recent book is a cat story like you've never read before. I'm not exaggerating, this book is flipping EPIC! 

     Our heroine, Natalie, is a cat girl. No, I don't mean an old and grumpy cat lady that smells like cat urine and is totally socially awkward. I mean a girl that can hear cats and carry out full-blown conversations with them. The ability to talk to cats is Natalie's talent. In fact, each of her family members has some sort of a special talent/ability: her little sister is uber-smart and can blend into the environment much like a chameleon, her older sister is a human-lie detector, her mom - is super intelligent (highest IQ in the world) and has incredible laser vision, and her dad's talent is so complex it's practically not possible to classify it. Natalie always thought that from all the talents she could've ended up with, she got the most boring one. She's so ashamed of it, keeps it a secret and never ever talks about it. Only her two best friends, the geektastic celebrity-gossip-machine Oscar and gorgeous born-to-be-famous Melly, know about Natalie's ability. It isn't until the famous celebrity blogger, Easton West, gets kidnapped that Natalie's unique skills finally come in handy. With the help of the most aristocratic pink cat you'll ever meet, Nat and her two faithful side-kicks will make saving Easton their mission. And let me just tell, it won't be an easy one!

     Where do I begin? I loved everything about this book, from the phenomenal, three-dimensional characters to intriguing plot line to Kimberly's fluid and entirely captivating writing style. This book is a treat, and not only for cat people - I don't consider myself a cat person (please don't tell Rufus!), but I enjoyed every second of this novel. The plot line was mysterious, funny, romantic and positively energetic. It kept me intrigued and well entertained throughout the entire time. There were some paranormal elements to it (the talents), but I can't really call it a paranormal book, to me it was a contemporary novel with paranormal elements (and I will stick to that!). Light, fluffy, and colourful, this is an uplifting read, and one that is sure to bring a huge grin to your face. 

     One aspect of Cat Girl's Day Off was especially fascinating to me, and I'm talking about this book being minority and LGBT friendly. The story featured not one, but many Asian or half-Asian (like Oscar) characters and they were all brilliantly fleshed-out, and - what is extremely important - in totally non-stereotypical way. I can't tell you how refreshing it was to read a book with such multicultural diversity, and one that would also be incredibly tolerant and accepting of homosexual characters. A breath of fresh air, to say the least! I loved that the lead protagonist was not yet another gorgeous blond girl with blue eyes. I'm so tired of clones! I needed Nat to be different, and she was - in so many ways, all of them absolutely wonderful. Her vibrant personality really stood out to me (and so did Oscar's and Melly's, not to mention the absolutely fabulous Rufus!), and I quickly warmed up to her. She was likeable, just a little bit shy (but not embarrassingly so), full of energy, and with a charming sense of humour. I was so proud of her when she asked Ian out! She did it in the most stylish, bad-ass, adorable way, and at that time all I wanted to do is high-five her - I was so proud, I think I almost teared up! Oscar was just wicked awesome, and I absolutely and utterly adored him. Next to Nat and Rufus he was one of my top three favourite characters. And out of all the characters in this book, I believe Oscar to have the most approachable, sparkly personality - I couldn't help but to love him. 

     Cat Girl's Day Off is not only an action-packed and intensely entertaining story. This book is also layered up with meaning and profound messages. Featuring themes like friendship, family, self-discovery and self-acceptance, it's a book that will not only make you snort your drink through your nose, but also make you stop and think. To me, this book is a gem. It's a pocket full of sunshine that brightened my day, made me laugh like a maniac (and in public, too!), and left me feeling satisfied, mellow, and enriched.

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Evie is the Blogger behind Bookish. She enjoys reading many different genres, especially YA, Paranormal, Contemporary Fiction and Fantasy.
She loves talking to authors and is always happy to welcome them for interviews, and guest posts. She also likes spreading the love for awesome books and  chatting with fellow book-worms.
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tinkerbell the bipolar faerie said...

I'm always saying that I'd love to be able to talk cat, because I think they are quite cheeky and hilarious. This sounds like a fun summer read.

Krista Raven said...

Loved it but I don't know if this is my kind of book still. Maybe I sound think outside the box and give it a try!!! Thanks

Randi said...

This sounds adorable! Looking forward to adding this to my reading list. :) Thanks for sharing the review!

Evie said...

@Krista you definitely should give it a shot, you'll be surprised how much you'll love it!

Evie said...

@Randi it is SO adorable! :) I'm sure you'll be ecstatic when you pick it up! Thanks for commenting!

Evie said...

@Tinkerbell, thanks so much for stopping and today! I'm not much of a car person, but would definitely love to be able to talk to RUFUS :D

Amy said...

This sounds like such a fun, light, and entertaining book. I am glad that there is plenty of action and the characters are great. It's also nice that there are other races and people with different sexuality in it. Not too many books really go there very often and when they do it's a refreshing change. Great review.

Lauren said...

this sounds cute! thanks!

Alexis @ Reflections of a Bookaholic said...

Maybe I shouldn't be but I'm surprised that this book offers layered messages as well. Sounds like a good one!

Aleksandra said...

This one sounds hilarious & sweet & highly entertaining, I love books that make me laugh out loud :D Thanks for the review & recommendation!

REBECCA@ReadingWishes said...

I've heard of this book and even though it doesn't really interest at the moment I'm so glad to hear you loved it! I love a funny read though, giggles and smiles make the best reading experiences! :D

Veronika said...

Wow, this book sounds so much fun! I've never heard about it before.. I don't know how it's even possible, because I love cats and contempotary books, and the two of them together AWWW. I have to read this book!

Kris (Imaginary Reads) said...

I love the idea of communicating with cats. This sounds like a fun read. I will definitely be checking this out.

Andrea @ Cozy Up said...

I have not heard of this one before, but does it ever sound like so much fun! I love that her whole family has all these abilities. And I really want to know what it is her dad can do. Great review, this definitely sounds like an enjoyable read! Thanks Evie for bringing this to my attention!

nurmawati djuhawan said...

very exciting book...coz i love cats and have many cats in my house...
good review..wanna make me read the book :)

Suz said...

I would love to be able to speak to and understand cats! They are amazing and probably snarky in a funny way! This looks like a fun book and perfect for the summer! Thanks for the info!

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