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.