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Bad Kitty and Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe

March 18th, 2008 (08:03 pm)
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The Bad Kitty books by Michele Jaffe blend elements of comedy, romance, mystery, and fashion into highly funny stories that teens will lap right up.

The story follows Jasmine on a trip to Las Vegas with her dad and stepmother. She tells the story in first-person and has a dry wit about her, acknowledging all sorts of things: that she isn't a stranger to pratfalls; that guys don't always like six foot tall girls; and that although she should, on principle, abhor her stepmom Sherri! (yes, her name comes complete with exclamation point! and she's less than ten years older than Jasmine), she gets along rather well with her.

While lounging at the hotel, Jas gets entangled - literally - in a murder mystery. It all starts with a little boy and his three-legged cat. Add in his famous mother, his infamous father, an intimidating bodyguard, and the Hench Twins (Jasmine's gum-popping cousin Alyson and her best friend Veronique). Jas also finds herself as smitten as a kitten with Jack, a handsome British guy who may be more than meets the eye. When Jasmine's closest pals Polly, Tom, and Roxy hear about her hijinks, they come to visit. They all help and hinder the investigation, and more trouble comes their way.

In the sequel, Kitty Kitty, intrigue follows our heroine (and her cool hair) all the way to Venice, Italy, where Jasmine's father has moved his family for professional reasons. Thousands of miles (and ocean!) away from her friends and her rock star boyfriend, Jas is miserable.

Just when she finally makes a new friend, something tres tragic happens. Dun dun dun! Jas starts searching for a murderer. While on the prowl, she eats delicious pizza, fights her inner bad girl, looks for goldfish, and translates (bad) Italian cop shows (badly). Along the way, she encounters plenty of strange people and familiar faces. She almost gets killed herself - while wearing an awesome pair of boots, natch. Those boots are made for walking, and that's just what they do until she finally figures out the mystery.

Bad Kitty and Kitty Kitty are good fun. Footnotes scattered throughout the books act as conversations between the characters, correcting and embellishing the narrative. The light tone and quick banter will appeal to Meg Cabot and Lauren Myracle fans.

Read my interview with the author.

Two fun quotes from the first book:

Monkeys, you couldn't have stepped in here to at least make me say something clever? Monkeys? Hello? - Page 95

Well, look at that. The monkeys were back and channeling Noir films of 1940s. - Page 156

...and from the second:

BECAUSE YES THAT IS HOW I ROLL. LIKE A SUAVE THING. - Page 137 (Yes, that part is all in caps.)

Kitty Kitty will be available in July 2007. Bad Kitty, Volume 1: Catnipped by Michele Jaffe and TokyoPop will also be available in July. The manga will have new stories taking place between the two novels.

Comments

Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: April 5th, 2006 06:26 pm (UTC)
headtilt happy jaye

This is too weird. I was LITERALLY just going to email you about this book because I have something related to it for you;) Email me!

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 5th, 2006 06:27 pm (UTC)

The world is *this big* and you have email.

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: April 6th, 2006 07:39 am (UTC)
Our Mrs. Reynolds

nice icon! I think that is the first "Wonderfalls" one I've seen :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 6th, 2006 06:19 pm (UTC)

Do you watch Without a Trace? Christina Hendricks appeared in a fun episode a few weeks ago.

Posted by: bright as yellow (idreamofpeace)
Posted at: April 6th, 2006 06:29 pm (UTC)
headtilt happy jaye

Well, I can't take credit:) All 6 of my icons are of Jaye and my icon page has them all credited to the people who made them. I LOVE Jaye.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 9th, 2006 02:53 pm (UTC)

My phone is not working. I heard the first three words of your message.

Posted by: Kathleen (scarlet_tearz)
Posted at: April 5th, 2006 09:03 pm (UTC)


This review just screams cute for some reason, but don't worry that's in a good way! nicely written :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 5th, 2006 09:40 pm (UTC)

Thanks. I wanted to match the tone of the book.

Posted by: allaboutm_e (allaboutm_e)
Posted at: April 6th, 2006 07:41 am (UTC)
pretty grrl Carla

I'm glad you mentioned the footnotes -- part of what I really liked abbout the book -- also that Jasmine was balanced in her interactions with her family and friends and potential romantic interest / villain / hero guy, rather than the book weighing too heavily towards any single one of those aspects. :)

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: April 6th, 2006 06:06 pm (UTC)

Agreed.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 21st, 2008 12:37 am (UTC)
Eating n Reading can be Dangerous

I loved Bad Kitty and enjoyed the sequel. When Jasmine was speaking are very own special Italian, I laughed so hard I could've choked but luckily I wasn't eating.

Doret

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 21st, 2008 03:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Eating n Reading can be Dangerous

Oh my!

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: March 21st, 2008 10:07 pm (UTC)
Re: Eating n Reading can be Dangerous

Sorry I didn't realize the Eating n Reading thing would come out so big. It looks very obnoxious.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 23rd, 2008 04:10 pm (UTC)
Re: Eating n Reading can be Dangerous

It's okay.

Posted by: Panffle (katesmannequin)
Posted at: March 14th, 2009 03:47 am (UTC)

LIKE A SUAVE THING!

I say that all the time now. xD

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: March 14th, 2009 03:47 pm (UTC)

Isn't it fun?

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