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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on May 26, 2006
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
I normally don't read teen chick lit, but I was intrigued by the title (having experienced badly behaved kitties myself), so I read it. I'm glad I did. It was one of the best books I've read in years--fabulously well-written, ferociously intelligent, and very, very funny.

This is not a typical action-driven, slyly plotted mystery. At times it is as much farce as mystery. Its charm lies in Jas and her friends, their unique personalities, and Jas's inimitable voice in telling her story. If you understand that, you'll like this book.

Don't expect depth in this book, just go for the ride.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Jasmine is trying to enjoy her family vacation in Las Vegas. All this would require would be avoiding her cousin, Alyson, and her friend, Veronique, prove to her dad that she is indeed a Model Daughter, and, oh yeah, meet the hot guy she spotted across the pool. Then all of a sudden, Jas is thrust into the middle of a Las Vegas mystery. Luckily, she enjoys amateur sleuthing, and her friends come into town to help her find a murderer, save a little boy and a woman, and maybe themselves, in an experience that is so totally Mastercard (priceless). And just for the record, it's all the cat's fault. Michele Jaffe's debut novel for young adults will not disappoint fans of Meg Cabot and Louise Rennison. Humor, intrigue, and a hot guy: what more could a reader want?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on March 18, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book had me laughing so hard, I almost snorted my beverage out of my nose. I am a Teen Librarian, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any teen girl.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
BAD KITTY is the story of Jasmine Callihan, amateur super sleuth and trouble magnet extraordinaire. While on vacation with her family in Las Vegas, all she wants to do is lounge around by the pool, check out the cute guy she saw at the snack hut, and, most of all, be a Model Daughter and prove to her dad that she can stay out of trouble. This lasts for all of about five minutes, until a little boy and his three-legged cat entangle her, "literally," in a murder mystery.

Add in a famous fashion model (who happens to be the little boy's mother), an intimidating bodyguard, an insane killer, threatening messages, limo rides, the Evil Hench Twins (Jas' cousin Alyson and her best friend, Veronique), and even jail time, and you have one crazy adventure. Not to mention that Jack, the cute snack hut guy that Jas can't seem to stop thinking about, may be more than he appears. Pretty soon Jas' best friends Roxy, Tom, and Polly also crash the vacation, bringing with them a handy Bedazzler and tons of hilarious ideas to aid (and hinder) Jas in her investigation.

BAD KITTY is a fantastic read, and one you might not want to read in public if you tend to laugh while reading. Footnotes sprinkled throughout every chapter act as conversations between Jas and her friends, correcting and adding to the story, and by the end of the book, Jas has come up with sixty hilarious "Little Life Lessons" that everyone should know. For example, "Little Life Lesson 12: If you have your cousin and her friend stand out the sunroof of your limo to give you navigational instructions, be sure that they aren't facing backward to wave at the cute guys in the Porsche behind you when they tell you to go left or right."

The characters are fun and entertaining, the plot hysterical, and you can't help but be swept along with Jas and her friends for the ride. This will definitely appeal to fans of authors like Meg Cabot and Louise Rennison, and for readers who are already fans of the book, Michele Jaffe is hard at work on the sequel.

So hurry to your nearest bookstore and pick up a copy of BAD KITTY. Believe me, it's totally Visa! (Oh, go read the book and you'll understand!)

Reviewed by: Andie Z.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2007
Format: Paperback
Taken with her editorial voice on Michele Jaffe's website, I sought out BAD KITTY. OMG -- it's fantastic. I've wanted to write a smart, funny, original, authentic -- and yes, soulful -- YA novel for years. I can now throw in the towel without an ounce of bitterness or regret; Ms. Jaffe has written it -- and written it betetr than I ever could. I wish Ms. Jaffe woudl move across the styreet from me so I could run across the road in my babydoll nightie and cowboy boots and watch "Veronica Mars" or "House" or some old screwball coemdies, and just bask in her glaringly evident wit, fabulousness, and humanity. Or we could just go shopping -- whatev. The biggest take-away I had from reading BAD KITTY was "This author is a genius, and a really adorable and funny oen at that. Gee, I wish I were her, or her BFF."

While the mystery at the center of the story wasn't super compelling, the interplay between the heroine and her friends is what makes the novel the enjoyable read that it is. I have never, ever uttered or typed the phrase "laugh out loud funny" before, but frankly -- BAD KITTY is just *that* convulsing. The heroine's delightful turns of phrase, the cute below-the-page Greek chrous-y device, the banter between freidns and frenemies -- I loved it all.

I unwaveringly recpommend this book. Fans of Meg Cabot and smart chick lit will enjoy this book. In fact, I can't imagine any YA fiction fan not liking it. And if someone didn't, I don't feel bad for making them lose a measly 8 bucks. He/she deserves it for having a crappy sense of humor. Everyone else, all right-thinking Americans -- go ahead and order. Seriously, add it to your basket. Now.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 28, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Bad Kitty is a fabulous book. It is totally mastercard (priceless)! Jaz Callihan is on vacation in Vegas, with her anthropologist dad and perfect stepmom (but nobody, not even Jaz, hates her) and unfortunately with her cousin and her "Evil Hench Twin." But that doesn't get Jaz down; it is a crazed cat's misbehavior that gets her into the whole mess that makes her vacation out of the ordinary. Fans of Meg Cabot will love this romp in Sin City that is part mystery, CSI, major crush, and seeped in pop culture. This is definitely an A+ for Michelle Jaffe's first foray into teen fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon March 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The phrase laugh out loud isn't used that often now that "lol" has flooded the Internet in a big way. Personally, I think that's a loss. It's also a subject for a different kind of post though. My point here is that people don't often talk about things that really make them laugh out loud--literally laughing, out loud. "Bad Kitty" is a novel that had me laughing for most of it. It also has the distinction of having zero one star reviews on amazon.com. And, to make it even cooler, "Bad Kitty" is also my latest CLW selection.

"Bad Kitty" is Michele Jaffe's first novel for a young adult audience. (She is also the author of several novels for adults including "Bad Girl" and "Loverboy".) The story starts when Jasmine Callihan and her family are vacationing at a posh hotel in Las Vegas.

Jasmine believes that everyone has a superpower. For instance, her best friend Polly has an encyclopedic knowledge of fashion. And Jasmine's stepmother, Sherri!, is impossible to hate. As for Jas' own superpower, well, she isn't really sure yet. (Though, if readers like Jasmine anywhere as much as I do, they might have their own ideas at the end of the novel.) She has a knack for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. And cats really like her.

Unfortunately, those things together lead to nothing but trouble for Jasmine. It all starts when a psychotic cat (followed by a psychotic man in a mesh shirt) chase Jasmine around the resort. Soon, Jasmine finds herself in the middle of a mystery involving the psychotic, three-legged, cat and his family. The story here is zany and fun as Jasmine and her friends run around trying to solve the case in spite of the annoying presence of Jasmine's evil cousin Alyson and her evil hench Veronique. Another annoying presence is that of Jasmine's father who is determined to keep Jasmine's dream of fighting crime just that--a dream. Despite her father's discouragement Jasmine manages to conduct her investigation, albeit with untraditional tools like eyeshadow instead of conventional fingerprint dust.

Some book characters are flesh and blood--others are more pen and ink. "Bad Kitty" is definitely what I would term a cartoon-ish novel, but in the best way. The story is peppered with Jasmine's material for her Meaningful Reflection Journal, preparation for writing college essays next year, including Little Life Lessons as well as some very entertaining haikus ("Cute guy at Snack Hut / Why won't you remove your shirt? / It's so hot (you too)").

"Bad Kitty" is basically an amalgamation of a lot of different genres. It has some teen romance, some mystery/suspense, and a lot of comedy. A lot of times, that doesn't all come together to make a decent novel--with "Bad Kitty" it does. The novel is very similar to Meg Cabot's latest "Jinx" with semi-obvious romantic subplot and the foreshadowing, but Jaffe does it better. Strongly recommended for anyone who likes "classic" chick lit.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 13, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Think Scooby-Doo Mysteries with hip fashionista teenagers instead of gangly pot-heads, or maybe CSI meets the O.C., and you're part of the way toward grokking Bad Kitty. Our hero Jasmine attracts trouble like cats to catnip. An otherwise innocent family vacation in Las Vegas turns pulp noir for Jasmine when a three-legged cat jumps her beside the pool, sending her screaming into someone's wedding - and their wedding cake. The cat belongs to a tearful eight-year-old boy who says someone is after him, and Jasmine is too much of a snoop to let things go.

Just when it looks like Jas is in over her head, her gang of colorful friends arrives to "rescue" her, bearing such useful items as cowboy boots with hidden pockets for emergency lip gloss and cheap perfume/mace, and a crafty fashion gizmo called the beDazzler, which applies rhinestones to any and all apparel. Like James Bond being outfitted by Q, Jasmine gets a runway detective makeover, and the kids pile into their plush pink van to bust some bad guys. Ah, if it hadn't been for those meddling kids!

Bad Kitty is a fun read. This is one of those books that I read thinking, "Okay, this book was really not written for me," (me = 34-year-old, fashion-disaster dad) but I can still appreciate how much my sassy eighth-grade girls would have eaten this up when I was teaching. They would have loved the chatty, pointless conversations included as constant footnotes throughout the book (which I admit I started to skip by the end), and I'm sure the cliffhanger chapter endings would have kept them turning the page, despite my disappointment that they were sometimes fake-outs. This is a book that has teenage girls clearly in its sights, and shoots to thrill.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I can't believe how much I enjoyed this book!! I mean at first when my friend lent me the book I was hesitate because it seemed a little boring, but once I started I couldn't stop reading. This is the perfect book for teenagers because it deals with realistic problems, but also unrealistic for those teens, like myself, who enjoy a little fantasy. Personally, the little fights that they had at the bottom of the page was my favorite part, and of course the ending. I also really liked Alison and Veronique. I thought they were a good addition to the book. Cheesy but adorable. If you are even curious about this book read it and you won't be dissapointed. It's a clever, mystery, suspence, romance, comedy, action sort of book. The story flows well and it's cute to boot. Okay im going to leave now before I get cheesy on you, but seriously do read this! It's one of my favorites and if you don't like it then that's fine to.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format: Hardcover
This book is one of my American Expresses. I don't leave home without it! Bad Kitty's witty comebacks, snappy dialouge, fast-paces mystery, and thrilling plot make it one of my favorites. I cracked up laughing at the footnotes and Little Life Lessons, and wished I had friends as funny as Roxy, Polly, Tom and Jas. Michelle Jaffe is an expert at writing a book that captures the attention of teen girls and makes your sides split wih laughter. I read it over and over and over, and I absolutley LOVE the little computer-people that Polly makes. The Henchtwins are perfect villians, although I found myself liking Veronique and her analyzing, "How To for Dummies" self. I fell in love with Jack and smiled when Fred got Jas into trouble. I really love this book and hope other people read and enjoy it. I would recomend it to anyone.
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