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 Club: Fat Cat, Part 1

fatcat bookHey GirlMoguls – It’s time for our new book club, so here’s our first post about it – and be sure to check out our next post, where the author, Robin Brande checks in with us!
The novel Fat Cat by Robin Brande combines science, my favorite subject, with real life drama. So far, it’s a really interesting read, and surprisingly, it is keeping me on my toes. I’ve gotten to page 71, the start of chapter 18, and have so many questions! But, let’s start from the beginning.
The book begins with protagonist Catherine Locke, who from the get go makes it clear that she has gone through several diets with no results. Clearly, Catherine believes that her weight is an issue in her life. To make matters worse, she is dealing with most stressful aspect of her high school career: the ever-looming science project from Mr. Fizer’s next-to-impossible class. This project is determined by one magazine picture Cat must pick out blind, and her result and proposal determines so any things about her high school career. I was dying to find out what picture she chose! I was absolutely never expecting her to get a picture of Homo erectus scavenging in the land. That way that she initially described the picture was expected; I think I would have been disappointed as well. But, after a while, she sees the women in the picture in a different light. The primitive woman is muscular, strong, competitive, and, most importantly, an equal. For me, this sends really strong messages about being a GirlMogul. Cat sets out on her experiment with herself as the subject, determined to start living as the primitive woman and helping her own health out.
The story also incorporates a super tense relationship between Cat and a boy named Matt McKinney, who was her best friend until the 7th grade. Cat absolutely hates him, or so she says, yet thinks about him constantly. Here are some of my burning questions up until this part of the book:
What happened 4 years ago between Matt and Cat?
What did Cat and Amanda witness in the 7th grade that caused Cat to feel this way?
How will Cat succeed in this ambition experiment?
And finally, will Cat ever be happy with herself, inside and outside?

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