Parents' Guide to

Fat Cat

By Terreece Clarke, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Girl-geek makeover tale with a great healthy eating message.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 12+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 13+

Lots of humorous dialogue

I really liked this book! It was an easy to read page turner--read it in 2 days which is a little unusual for me! The leading character is a witty overweight girl who has a fondness for science. I found the dialogue with her friends to be very engaging. There is a little talk about sex, and the characters are around 17 years old. Her journey to reinvent herself is fun and challenging, as is the surprising underlying incentive to do so.
age 10+


My daughter and i really loved this book i would reccomend it to anyone! but it may be a wee bit innapropriate for some kids...

This title has:

Educational value
Great messages
Too much sex
Too much swearing

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (5 ):

FAT CAT took a tried and true premise -- fat chick gets skinny and popular by senior year -- and added an interesting angle to it. Author Robin Brande created a story that uses science and a commitment to research to motivate "Fat Cat" to get thin and healthy. No crash diets, no dangerous exercise, just good old-fashioned (caveman inspired) healthy eating and prehistoric transportation: her feet.

Readers will love Cat's perserverance and identify with her pain from both being called fat and giving up her junky diet of diet soda and chocolate. Hopefully teens will read this novel and realize they can take control of their own diets while learning how processed food can affect their mood and bodies. Cat's story eventually gets sidetracked by standard boy/girl drama, and it's disappointing that her experiment detoured into some Pretty Woman-style shopping experiences and boy-magnent experiements, but overall the message is positive and inspiring.

Book Details

  • Author: Robin Brande
  • Genre: Body Awareness
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Knopf
  • Publication date: October 13, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 12 - 17
  • Number of pages: 336
  • Last updated: March 5, 2019

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