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Cat Girl's Day Off Hardcover – April 1, 2012
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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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Like any good writer, Kimberly forces Nat to face her biggest fear: everyone--especially her high school peers--learning about her ability. When a spoiled pink cat belonging to famous Hollywood blogger Easton West insists that the person who looks like "his person" is really an imposter, Nat's star struck friends (and the only two people besides her family who know about her ability) insist she help them find the missing blogger. Chaos ensues as a film crew, complete with screaming divas and hunky actors, that Easton West had come to town planning to cover, descends upon their high school to film some scenes.
While there's plenty of mystery, humor, and nail-biting scenes, my favorite part of Cat Girl's Day Off are the scenes with the cats. It's easy to picture this as the next Pixar or Disney animated movie with scenes such as the one where a whole kitty litter load of cats descend upon Wrigley Field to help Nat and her friends try to capture the villain.
Cat Girl's Day Off is clever and fast paced. The characters, from Nat's super-talented, dysfunctional family, to the clever, neurotic, and heroic cats made it a Super Fun, summertime read!
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?
"Um...my 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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I recently reread Cat Girl's Day Off and I'm glad I did. The fact that the main character Nat Ng's Talent is talking to cats already makes the book pretty awesome. Read morePublished on February 15, 2014 by Jessica Y
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which is pretty much exactly what it promises to be: the breezy (but not shallow) story of a girl who's grown up in a family of supernatural... Read morePublished on January 23, 2014 by Janni Lee Simner
This was really a fun read. I loved the idea of the girl who can talk to cats, and really, really loved the cats she talked to. It's funny, mysterious, and entertaining.Published on January 5, 2014 by N. Kreml
Pauley, who's been pretty good at reviewing books for years, has turned out to also be very good at writing them. Who knew? A breezy delight.Published on February 13, 2013 by Brent Hartinger
Review originally posted to Words at Home June 14, 2012: [...]
Reading Cat Girl's Day Off was like taking a super fun mini vacation in a book. Read more
WHAT a fun book! Cat (Natalie) lives in an ordinary world like ours except that some people are Talented, which means they have special powers. Read morePublished on July 5, 2012 by Kate Coombs
This book was funny, entertaining, creative and just plain awesome!!!!!!!!!!! It had just the right amount of mystery, suspense, action, and romace. Read morePublished on June 19, 2012 by L. J. S.
I can't say enough good things about this book! Nat Ng has a "Talent": she can understand and speak cat. Read morePublished on May 29, 2012 by S. D. Ward
This book was entertaining to no ends. How many times have you wondered what your cats were thinking? Read morePublished on May 28, 2012 by KimberlyAmber