Fat Cat Book Club Part 5

fatcat bookBook Club Book: Fat Cat Part 5

Hey girls! I hope you enjoyed reading Fat Cat by author Robin brande as much as I did. Since I like this tween book so much, I came up with a few discussion questions you can ponder over yourself, or chat about with your friends! Book clubs are a great way to great minds working together and having fun, so be sure to try it out. Here are some things to consider after reading the book:

  1. If you could change the ending of the novel, what would you change it to? Consider the outcome of the Science Fair, and Cat’s relationship with Matt. Would you have had her lost the competition but win over Matt? Did you feel content when you turned the last page?
  2. If you had to pick a random science picture and create an experiment, what topic would be your preference? Even though biology was Cat’s thing, she got something unrelated. If you got a picture of the Hubble telescope in space, what science experiment would you create?
  3. Cat struggles with her weight and body image from the beginning of the novel. She tries diets and they don’t work. The one that does work was not an intended diet, but a life style change she had to take part in. Have you ever felt this way? Have you tried eating differently and having nothing changed? After reading about Cat, would you consider maybe changing aspects of your life instead dwelling on a number on the scale? What are some things you could do to be healthier?
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Fat Cat Book Club: Part 4

Finally we have some answers people! With the last part of the book completed, we can talk openly, spoilers included, about what just went down in Cat’s life. And let’s just Chapter 62, where we last left off. I’m very happy that cat ended things off with nick. Yes, she did follow her desires for a while because it was something new she had not experienced before. But, she was smart about it in the end. She knew that in order to proceed physically with a boy, she had to be in a relationship with him. It really doesn’t make sense to just have that physical relationship, because Nick didn’t care about Cat when she was overweight, so he really didn’t care about her as a person. She even points that he really knew nothing about her.

Fat Cat Book
Fat Cat Book

Let’s move on to the science project.  It seems like in the end, Cat’s experiment really did come together. Her Phase II about the guys may not have ended up as she though, but Jordan’s idea of humans reacting to negative and positive stimuli did lead her to applicable conclusions. She had it together; she even started swimming again, which built up muscle and confidence for Cat. I was happy for her; even though in the end, she didn’t win first. At that point, though, it didn’t even matter! I’m glad that the author recognized that Cat became a new person with new goals, and winning wasn’t necessary anymore. She accomplished so much for herself that just doing those things was winning.

Okay, okay, I know you are just bursting to discuss Mr. Matt McKinney. So, let’s get to it! I was let down just a little bit when I found out what Matt had said. I know it was really hurtful to Cat, but at the same time, he was talking to a bully from the 7th grade. I can understand how he was being stupid and pressured by an intimidating peer. I feel like 4 years may have been a little too long and a little too harsh to ignore Matt on Cat’s part. Nevertheless, the ending was just perfect! I love the fact that they ended up together, Best of all, they did in a realistic way. There wasn’t just one meeting where everyone apologized. Instead, they went through a lot of arguing, just like people in real life would do. Overall, I was really satisfied with the ending. Check out my last post to see discussion questions you talk about with your friends, and make sure you let me know what you though of the book!

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Book Giveaway – Your Life, But Better

Your Life Only Better Giveaway
Your Life Only Better Giveaway

Hey GirlMoguls – We have a cool new book giveaway for next month’s book club Your Life but Better, by Crystal Velasquez  – it’s a choose your own adventure kinda book, except you’re not going to be stranded on a desert island – you’ll be stuck at the mall trying to navigate tricky moral issues – like do you ditch your best friends if something better comes along?   We’re giving away 5 copies of this cool book  — to win, answer this question in the post below?

“If you had only one thing you could take with you on a desert island, what would be?”

Remember – don’t give out any personal detail on the ‘net.

Catch you soon, we’ll be announcing the winners the week of Feb 22nd – so get your entry in!

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Dumped by Popular Demand, Book Club Part 3

The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts
The Social Experoments of Dorie Dilts

Oh boy, we have some gossip to share with each other. As we get through the latter part of Dumped by Popular Demand, by which I mean chapter 15 through the end, the story takes some big turns.

It turns out we do find out why Grant takes Dorie as his lab partner- he picks the smartest one in the class so she or he can do the work for him! Well, Dorie will not settle for that. With Dixie by her side, she devises a plan to get Grant more involved in the project they have to embark on togther. After having a failed meeting at her house, she forces herself over Grant’s house. While he is still not helping, he seems to be paying more and more attention as the meetings go on. Meanwhile, Dixie and Dorie join the Dance Committee in order to get closer to the Holly Trinity. Although Dorie may not believe it, the Holly trinity is not interested in her. Holly even says her part of the committee is full when Dorie goes to sign up, but lets other girls sign up after Dorie leaves. She is so mean!

Anyway, Dorie joins Alexis’ committee with Dixie and tries to figure out the next step to popularity. Grant is opening up more to her, but it’s just not happening. Then, at one study break, Dorie involves food because she knows Grant likes to cook. This works! But, his mom interrupts and embarrasses Grant. Luckily for Dorie, he says he has a date for his brother’s wedding out of frustration, and means Dorie. Grant is going out with Dorie! We’re finally getting somewhere with this plan. Now, Dorie gets the Holly trinity to have the impression that her and Grant are dating. The gossip girl of Greenview, Tara, spreads the rumors perfectly and instantly the Holly Trinity is super interested in Dorie.

The next step has to go into play. Dorie tries to get Grant to dump her. But, everything she does, like being clingy, end s up being something that grant likes. In the end, he finds out about her plan and dumps her. Dixie also gets upset as to how much attention she gives the Holly trinity and not him. Yet, when Dorie is left with the Holly Trinity as friends, she realizes that both Dixie and Grant were better people, and better friends. She defends Grant, dumps the Holly Trinity, and restores her friendship with Dixie. Now, that’s what I call a happy ending. After finishing the novel, I thought of some interesting questions you can talk about with your friends, or write about in a journal of your own!

If Dorie left Grant and Dixie out of the picture and stayed friends with the Holly trinity, do you think she would’ve fit in? Did Dorie have anything else in common with the girls she so desperately wanted to be friends with?

What did Dorie learn about being a good friend and a good person? How did her interactions with grant’s family make her see Grant differently at home than in school?

Did you like the ending? Would you have changed the way Dorie treated people and her goals?

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