Friday, July 16, 2010

Fat Cat by Robin Brande

A surprisingly refreshing take on the fat-girl-gets-thin theme. It's not often you find a lot of science in your teen novel, especially one that is part romance. It is the science, however, that has sparked the most discussion around here.

As turtles, we don't eat a lot of junk food - some turtle pellets, a goldfish here and there, maybe some greens from someone's salad. Humans, however, are continually eating things they know are bad for them. Add in the lack of exercise, the dependence on technology, the pollution, the increasing dependency on others to do things for them, and the constant barrage of negativity, and we have to wonder, not just how humans get through their days at all, but what they are doing to their species in the long run - as in, genetically?

Heavy stuff, but very well presented, and balanced just as well with character development, a quick-moving plot, and yes, a little romance. We can't wait to pass this on to our favorite teens, and give it a

5 out of 5.

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