I am taking a blogging break for a little while. I am in the process of getting all of my challenges for 2011 picked out so you'll see a bunch of those posts.
Monday, January 25, 2010
Source: Purchased with my own money
Synopsis: (from Barnes and Noble)
You are what you eat. . . .Cat smart, sassy, and funny—but thin, she’s not. Until her class science project. That’s when she winds up doing an experiment—on herself. Before she knows it, Cat is living—and eating—like the hominids, our earliest human ancestors. True, no chips or TV is a bummer and no car is a pain, but healthful eating and walking everywhere do have their benefits. As the pounds drop off, the guys pile on. All this newfound male attention is enough to drive a girl crazy! If only she weren’t too busy hating Matt McKinney to notice. . . .This funny and thoughtful novel explores how girls feel about their bodies, and the ways they can best take care of their most precious resource: themselves.
Review: I just got done reading this one a couple days ago. I was very surprised at how accurate the author was....writing from a teens perspective and all. Cat is an overweight teen, who until she is assigned to do a crazy science project that takes up 7 MONTHS of her life, doesn't feel the need to change. During the course of her science project Cat takes to living like our very earliest human ancestors....That means NO chips, TV, junk food (if the Hominids didn't have it neither did Cat, with a few safety exceptions though) and walking pretty much everywhere. As Cat gives up pretty much all of the unhealthy habits of today's teens the pounds start dropping and the guys start to pile up. The only downside is that Cat is to busy hating her former best friend Matt McKinney.
I enjoyed the book a lot but I thought that Cat's "hatred" for Matt kind of got old as the story went on. Sure he did something that hate-worthy but at the same time Cat spent 4 YEARS dwelling on it. I did like how the author took something as mundane as a science project and turned it into something that actually makes you think twice about that Twinkie. I thought that certain aspects of the ending were a little bit predictable but it was still a good ending. I do like a story with a happy ending!
What I really was thinking:
The Beginning: I have no idea how she's going to pull off this science experiment. I wonder why she hates Matt so much?
The Middle: Really re-thinking those Hershey Kisses. Now that I know why she's mad at Matt I wish she would just get over it!
The End: I could totally see parts of this ending coming. The rest of it totally out of left field!