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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Harperteen; Reprint edition (May 10 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060781106
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060781101
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 13.5 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #772,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
BAD KITTY is the story of Jasmine Callihan, amateur super sleuth and trouble magnet extraordinaire. While on vacation with her family in Las Vegas, all she wants to do is lounge around by the pool, check out the cute guy she saw at the snack hut, and, most of all, be a Model Daughter and prove to her dad that she can stay out of trouble. This lasts for all of about five minutes, until a little boy and his three-legged cat entangle her, "literally," in a murder mystery.

Add in a famous fashion model (who happens to be the little boy's mother), an intimidating bodyguard, an insane killer, threatening messages, limo rides, the Evil Hench Twins (Jas' cousin Alyson and her best friend, Veronique), and even jail time, and you have one crazy adventure. Not to mention that Jack, the cute snack hut guy that Jas can't seem to stop thinking about, may be more than he appears. Pretty soon Jas' best friends Roxy, Tom, and Polly also crash the vacation, bringing with them a handy Bedazzler and tons of hilarious ideas to aid (and hinder) Jas in her investigation.

BAD KITTY is a fantastic read, and one you might not want to read in public if you tend to laugh while reading. Footnotes sprinkled throughout every chapter act as conversations between Jas and her friends, correcting and adding to the story, and by the end of the book, Jas has come up with sixty hilarious "Little Life Lessons" that everyone should know. For example, "Little Life Lesson 12: If you have your cousin and her friend stand out the sunroof of your limo to give you navigational instructions, be sure that they aren't facing backward to wave at the cute guys in the Porsche behind you when they tell you to go left or right.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
go for the ride May 25 2006
By LizB - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I normally don't read teen chick lit, but I was intrigued by the title (having experienced badly behaved kitties myself), so I read it. I'm glad I did. It was one of the best books I've read in years--fabulously well-written, ferociously intelligent, and very, very funny.

This is not a typical action-driven, slyly plotted mystery. At times it is as much farce as mystery. Its charm lies in Jas and her friends, their unique personalities, and Jas's inimitable voice in telling her story. If you understand that, you'll like this book.

Don't expect depth in this book, just go for the ride.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The best thing since a BeDazzler Aug. 13 2006
By Alexandra - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Jasmine is trying to enjoy her family vacation in Las Vegas. All this would require would be avoiding her cousin, Alyson, and her friend, Veronique, prove to her dad that she is indeed a Model Daughter, and, oh yeah, meet the hot guy she spotted across the pool. Then all of a sudden, Jas is thrust into the middle of a Las Vegas mystery. Luckily, she enjoys amateur sleuthing, and her friends come into town to help her find a murderer, save a little boy and a woman, and maybe themselves, in an experience that is so totally Mastercard (priceless). And just for the record, it's all the cat's fault. Michele Jaffe's debut novel for young adults will not disappoint fans of Meg Cabot and Louise Rennison. Humor, intrigue, and a hot guy: what more could a reader want?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely hilarious! March 17 2006
By teenbrarian - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book had me laughing so hard, I almost snorted my beverage out of my nose. I am a Teen Librarian, and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to any teen girl.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Absolutely Mastercard!! (priceless) Jan. 27 2006
By J. Williams - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Bad Kitty is a fabulous book. It is totally mastercard (priceless)! Jaz Callihan is on vacation in Vegas, with her anthropologist dad and perfect stepmom (but nobody, not even Jaz, hates her) and unfortunately with her cousin and her "Evil Hench Twin." But that doesn't get Jaz down; it is a crazed cat's misbehavior that gets her into the whole mess that makes her vacation out of the ordinary. Fans of Meg Cabot will love this romp in Sin City that is part mystery, CSI, major crush, and seeped in pop culture. This is definitely an A+ for Michelle Jaffe's first foray into teen fiction.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Sarah Dixie Laite - Published on
Format: Paperback
Taken with her editorial voice on Michele Jaffe's website, I sought out BAD KITTY. OMG -- it's fantastic. I've wanted to write a smart, funny, original, authentic -- and yes, soulful -- YA novel for years. I can now throw in the towel without an ounce of bitterness or regret; Ms. Jaffe has written it -- and written it betetr than I ever could. I wish Ms. Jaffe woudl move across the styreet from me so I could run across the road in my babydoll nightie and cowboy boots and watch "Veronica Mars" or "House" or some old screwball coemdies, and just bask in her glaringly evident wit, fabulousness, and humanity. Or we could just go shopping -- whatev. The biggest take-away I had from reading BAD KITTY was "This author is a genius, and a really adorable and funny oen at that. Gee, I wish I were her, or her BFF."

While the mystery at the center of the story wasn't super compelling, the interplay between the heroine and her friends is what makes the novel the enjoyable read that it is. I have never, ever uttered or typed the phrase "laugh out loud funny" before, but frankly -- BAD KITTY is just *that* convulsing. The heroine's delightful turns of phrase, the cute below-the-page Greek chrous-y device, the banter between freidns and frenemies -- I loved it all.

I unwaveringly recpommend this book. Fans of Meg Cabot and smart chick lit will enjoy this book. In fact, I can't imagine any YA fiction fan not liking it. And if someone didn't, I don't feel bad for making them lose a measly 8 bucks. He/she deserves it for having a crappy sense of humor. Everyone else, all right-thinking Americans -- go ahead and order. Seriously, add it to your basket. Now.

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