By Robin Brande
Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. 330 pgs. Young Adult
Cat is determined to win the science fair over Matt McKinney, her former best friend and current arch-nemesis. So when she draws a picture of naked Neanderthals as the inspiration for her project, she is stumped, until inspiration hits at the last second. Cat sees the female Homo erectus looking fit and determined and knows what she will do. Cat decides that she will experiment upon herself; she will go for seven months without modern technology or products and will eat only non-processed foods to see if she can become physically fit once again. Fat Cat will become thin, fit Cat. As the project moves forward, Cat tweaks it to examine how her new shape affects her relationships with boys, most notably her nemesis Matt.
I really enjoyed Brande’s Evolution, Me, and Other Freaks of Nature and am happy to see that her second book matches it. Cat is an engaging character who really progresses, not just physically, throughout the book, and her best friend, Amanda, is a hoot. A great, fun and easy read.