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Cat Girl's Day Off Hardcover – April 20, 2012

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“I was a freak from a family of freaks.” High school sophomore Natalie “Nat” Ng has a “Talent” she’s not proud of: the ability to talk to cats. Her younger sister is a “supergenius” with chameleonlike abilities; her older sister is proficient in truth divination and levitation, and has X-ray vision; and her parents work for the Bureau of Extrasensory Regulation and Management. When a film crew comes to Nat’s Chicago high school to shoot a takeoff of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off things get fishy: the female star isn’t acting like herself, and Nat learns from a cat that celebrity blogger Easton West may not be who she claims to be. Along with her friends Oscar and Melly, Nat gets dragged into a whirlwind adventure to find out what happened to the real Easton. Pauley (Still Sucks to Be Me) offers amusing insights into the minds of cats, snappy dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. Readers should easily relate to Nat, and cat-lovers in particular will find a lot to enjoy in this romp. Ages 12–up.

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“Pauley’s homage to Chicago and her favorite teen movie is entertaining, hilarious, and exceptionally creative. Populated with wonderfully eccentric and endearing characters, this lighthearted comedy will be an instant hit, especially among teen and tween girls. One thing is for certain–readers will never again look at their feline friends in the same way.”

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 11 - 15 years
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Tu Books (April 20, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1600608833
  • ISBN-13: 978-1600608834
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #936,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Kimberly Pauley is the author of the Sucks to Be Me Series (The first book was a YALSA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers & the second a VOYA Best Sci-Fi and Fantasy Winner). Her third book, Cat Girl's Day Off showed the world what cats really think. ASK ME, coming in April 2014, is something new: dark, paranormal YA.

She now lives in London, England with her husband (who really doesn't get YA fiction) and The Max, the cutest little boy in the world.

She has an (infrequent) newsletter, often runs giveaways and contests, and sends out signed bookplates to readers, so be sure to check out her website, for more information.

Kimberly was also the founder of Young Adult (& Kid's) Books Central, one of the leading Internet destinations for anyone interested in children's or adolescent literature.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Evie Seo TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 2, 2012
Format: Hardcover
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!

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Shubin on May 3, 2012
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase

Being able to communicate with cats would make my life so much easier. Who wouldn't want to know when their cats are actually hungry, when the litter box is too dirty to use, or when someone is not giving kitty enough attention. In Kimberly Pauley's new book, Cat Girl's Day Off, she explores the life of Natalie Ng, whose `Talent' is being able to talk to cats.

Set in present day Chicago, Cat Girl's Day Off starts off with Natalie and her cat Meep discussing the Class A Talents of Nat's family. Dad has super smell, Mom has laser vision and ability to retain extraneous information; twelve-year-old sister Emmy has the highest IQ in the Western Hemisphere, and older sister Viv has truth divination, levitation and X-ray vision. Viv and her dad work at the Bureau of Extrasensory Regulation and Management (BERM). All Nat can do is talk to cats, a "Class D - as in totally dumb - talent," as she puts it. However, Nat's talent sure comes in handy when a well known blogger, Easton West, goes missing...and the only one who can help Nat find her is Easton's cat, Tiddlywinks.

Being a huge reader, and a fan of Kimberly Pauley's Sucks to be Me series, I ordered Cat Girl's Day Off when Amazon emailed me a recommendation for it. After finishing the book and absolutely loving it, I got to interview Kimberly Pauley and pick her brain about Cat Girl's Day Off!

Cat Girl's Day Off has a plot line based on Ferris Bueller's Day Off, what inspired the Ferris Bueller take?
" random brain? Seriously, the original nugget of an idea didn't have anything to do with Ferris Bueller or movies or anything. It went through several iterations until I finally chanced upon the idea of working in Ferris (which is one of the most awesome movies of all time).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Kindle Customer on May 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I totally loved this book! First, the cover. Yes, I have to mention that. I felt the cover was perfect for the story. The clerks at Barnes & Noble, where I purchased my copy of this book, smiled when they saw it. You will too! Love that the cover isn't whitewashed but shows Nat as I picture her. Plus, also Rufus, who I can tell isn't too happy with his situation!

This is one hilarious, fun romp that made me want MORE! Nat's family has special abilities like her older sister who is a living lie detector and her 12 year-old-sister who's in high school. Nat's talent is being able to communicate with cats. Her mother is allergic so Nat ends up with the expensive hypoallergenic one. She's kind of embarrassed of her ability until she sees Rufus on TV screaming that his human is gone. Now her friends, who are equal parts quirky and lovable, convince her she has to help.

If you've seen Ferris Bueller's Day Off, you get an idea on the rollercoaster ride Nat and her friends go on.

My favorite character has to be Rufus. Yes, he's a cat but man he's filled with kitty 'tude and you know not to mess with him. Nat's interaction with Rufus and the other cats is so funny. One scene has Rufus with Meeta, Nat's cat, discussing how much Nat 'likes' this one guy, in front of him. Of course he doesn't understand 'cat' but Nat is dying of embarrassment. Readers will be hooting and giggling. I did!

CAT GIRL'S DAY OFF is a refreshing YA in a sea of dark paranormals out there. Plus it has characters you care about that aren't cardboard caricatures. A total must read!

Good Points
1. Hilarious
2. Great characters
3. A fast-paced romp that makes you want more
4. Rufus. Need I say more?
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