Cat Girl's Day Off
See, the cover on this one works because it's about a Chinese-American girl with purple hair who can talk to cats. The giant talking bubbles are coming out of her mouth and the cat's mouth to let you know it's Cat Girl's Day Off. Which is loosely based on Ferris Bueller's Day Off. That's just being fucking clever right there.
The cat is pink because he's a clue in an ever expanding murder mystery that Natalie Ng--our Cat Girl--is trying to solve. Just like Ferris Bueller. Wait. Ferris Bueller wasn't about a murder mystery. Nevermind.
THIS BOOK IS ABOUT TALKING CATS. There. I got that out of the way. I didn't want anyone to be surprised by this information. I was asked several times last week what I was reading. I explained Cat Girl's Day Off. I then talked very loudly while I explained what it's about: "IT'S ABOUT A GIRL WITH SPECIAL ABILITIES WHO CAN TALK TO CATS. I NEED MORE TALKING CAT BOOKS IN MY LIFE LIKE HOW A DRUNK PERSON NEEDS GREASY FOOD."*
That's the problem I had with Cat Girl's Day Off. I enjoyed the talking cats more than I enjoyed the actual book. The minute the plot slowed or the characters became cliche here came a cat doing something really fucking adorable. Like sleeping on a lap, clawing at feet, or solving a murder mystery.
It's just all so adorable. Kimberly Pauley? She writes adorable books. If you just finished The Fault in Our Stars and are done crying your eyes out then Cat Girl might be for you. It's very much one of those books someone reads when they can't figure out what it is they want to read. It's one of those books you need after a big heavy read. It's so light and airy it almost floats away like a 3 Musketeers bar in one of those commercials.
I'm certain that Kimberly Pauley has found a loophole in the writing universe. "Huh. This book is terrible. If I add some talking cats to it... bingo! It won't be so terrible!" Could you imagine talking cats in every bad movie you ever watched? You know the movie would suck less with them and you'd watch it again and love it. They're redoing John Carter with cats right now.
I have to warn everyone, though. When you start reading this one: it's about talking cats. Really. Don't go into this thing expecting things to be logical. We're talking about a book that contains talking cats. It's adorable... talking cats... TALKING CATS. I liked a book about talking cats... fuck.
Full Disclosure: I read this on my Kindle.
*The word greasy is inherently a nasty word to me. I hate using it. But it sounds better than "oily".
Note: This is my favorite cat joke: "What do cat actors say on stage? Tabby or not tabby!"