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:
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?
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?
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?
Hey 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?