It’s so incredibly nerve-wracking (but also exciting) in the month or so before a book comes out. The reviews start to roll in and the nail-biting commences. The Google Alerts start appearing in your inbox, causing your heart to palpitate just a bit each time you check your email.
That’s how I came across this review of Cat Girl’s Day Off from Publisher’s Weekly:
“I was a freak from a family of freaks.” High school sophomore Natalie “Nat” Ng has a “Talent” she’s not proud of: the ability to talk to cats. Her younger sister is a “supergenius” with chameleonlike abilities; her older sister is proficient in truth divination and levitation, and has X-ray vision; and her parents work for the Bureau of Extrasensory Regulation and Management. When a film crew comes to Nat’s Chicago high school to shoot a takeoff of Ferris Bueller’s Day Off things get fishy: the female star isn’t acting like herself, and Nat learns from a cat that celebrity blogger Easton West may not be who she claims to be. Along with her friends Oscar and Melly, Nat gets dragged into a whirlwind adventure to find out what happened to the real Easton. Pauley (Still Sucks to Be Me) offers amusing insights into the minds of cats, snappy dialogue, and a fast-paced plot. Readers should easily relate to Nat, and cat-lovers in particular will find a lot to enjoy in this romp. Ages 12–up.
So….yay! Kirkus AND Publisher’s Weekly like it!
You will too. Really. I promise. And remember, if you pre-order or buy it the first week, I’ll send YOU a personal letter and a signed bookplate. So, um, get on that, wouldja? I’m starting to work on those requests now and I’d love to be able to mail some of them while we’re visiting the US later this month instead of mailing them from here…(postage…it’s a killer).