Book Review: Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

Paranormal fiction with a comedic twist, Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley is a laugh-a-minute romp through the life of one quirky teenage girl, the cats whose thoughts she can hear, and an homage to one of the greatest movies of all time, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

Natalie Ng’s little sister is a super-genius with a chameleon-like ability to disappear. Her older sister has three Class A Talents, including being a human lie detector. Her mom has laser vision and has one of the highest IQs ever. Her dad’s Talent is so complex even the Bureau of Extra-Sensory Regulation and Management (BERM) hardly knows what to classify him as.

And Nat? She can talk to cats.

The whole talking-to-cats thing is something she tries very hard to hide, except with her best friends Oscar (a celebrity-addicted gossip hound) and Melly (a wannabe actress). When Oscar shows her a viral Internet video featuring a famous blogger being attacked by her own cat, Nat realizes what’s really going on…and it’s not funny.

Nat and her friends are catapulted right into the middle of a celebrity kidnapping mystery that takes them through Ferris Bueller’s Chicago and on and off movie sets. Can she keep her reputation intact? Can she keep Oscar and Melly focused long enough to save the day? And, most importantly, can she keep from embarrassing herself in front of her crush, Ian?

Find out what happens when the kitty litter hits the fan.

Written with her signature sense of humor, Pauley’s latest novel is another smashing success and a brilliant follow-up to her first two comedic vampire tales, Sucks to Be Me and Still Sucks to Be Me. Cat Girl’s Day Off is filled with hilarious moments and laugh-out-loud one-liners — but what all this humor weaves together is a poignant tale about one girl learning to embrace her true identity, rock what she’s got, and love herself as-is. Mixed in with charming characters, witty banter, and a riotous adventure worthy of Ferris Bueller himself, Cat Girl’s Day Off is truly a stand-out novel for YA readers everywhere.

Pauley has created a world that is very much like our own — with just a few exceptions. But she establishes this slightly alternate reality with ease, so there’s no struggle for the reader trying to remember the rules of how this paranormal twist works. It’s just laid out in black and white — and the storytelling does the rest.

Nat and her friends are charming, memorable, and relatable characters for teen and adult readers alike to relate to. Their relationships with each other are realistic, imperfect, and perfectly woven into the fabric of the novel itself. High school romance, best friends, and family are all represented equally (and flawlessly) within the pages of Cat Girl’s Day Off.

Light-hearted but meaningful, Cat Girl’s Day Off is one of those novels that anyone can enjoy and that everyone should. It’s in stores now.

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