Monday, June 25, 2012
Review: Bad Kitty
By Michele Jaffe
Genre YA contemporary
Recommended by My mom
First sentence I believe everyone has a superpower.
Jasmine has become a little obsessed with solving mysteries despite her father's disapproval. But she never goes looking for trouble...it just seems to find her. While on vacation with her family in Las Vegas, Jasmine gets involved in a mystery when a three legged cat jumps in her lap and refuses to let go. Even with the help of her friends this might be one mystery Jasmine might not solve not with her life intact anyway.
What it has going for it
In the same vein of Georgia Nicolson and Ruby Oliver, Jasmine's voice had me laughing out loud on every page! In fact, if you took GN or RO and threw them into a mystery you might get something similar to this book. Not to say Jaffe hasn't created something unique here. Her writing is unique and hilarious not to mention creative. With larger than life characters that I don't doubt will stick with me for some time, and a spunky MC this book was tons of fun. The mystery wasn't horribly obvious to me and in a mystery book that's a good thing. Far too often I have the whole story predicted within the first 20 or so pages. I kid you not! Not here, though.
I don't want to say anything mean about this one because I'm 99% sure any dislike was totally a mood thing. For example I read the first fifty pages and was heehawing and immensely enjoying myself and then, when I picked it up again, I was having a hard time getting into the language and humor. THEN when I picked it up again I was all laughy again. See? I'm pretty sure it was a mood thing. However, I can say with some certainty that this was ridiculously unbelievable. So much happened that just would not actually happen in real life. But, hey, they don't call it fiction for nothing.
When Jasmine starts taking off Jack's clothes (to look for clues) and sees his snoopy boxers. Priceless. Or should I say, Mastercard?
Yea or Nay?
If you love to laugh and like mystery I'd highly recommend it.