Bad Kitty (Bad Kitty #1)
1 Hi! That's me!
2 I. Wish.
3 Emphasis on aspiring. Current status: failing.
4 If friend means "unsuspecting victim" and animals means "one very bad kitty."
5 And meet the cute guy at the Snack Hut. I have priorities.
6 Meep! But I guess it winds up okay since Kirkus Reviews says: "Inventive, witty, and laugh-out-loud funny, with an enjoyably twisty ending." They wouldn't say that if everyone died, right? Right?
Worth every laugh.
Girl + vacation in swanky hotel = perfection.
Not for Jas. Besides having to deal with her overprotective father (a.k.a. the Thwarter) making sure she doesn't get carried away with her forensic crime passion, there's also a guy who might be interested in her but more likely is a cold-blooded killer, her evil cousin and equally evil clone and this evil cat that keeps sinking his claws in her at the most inopportune moments.
Trouble? Obviously, but in the funniest way possible.
This book wasn't completely The Funny YA Novel I was looking for. There was more than a little innuendo, and I was not sold on the whole "hottie's looking my way, it must be true love" aspect - way too cliche, and not at all my flavor, if you know what I mean. When Jas's friends get involved, though, there's more than a few scenes where I just couldn't keep in a chuckle. It's like the Scooby Gang, but minus the talking dog - and no ghosts. This is the type of no-angst, no-pain novels that you just need to keep on the side for when YA dystopian/the end of the world is nigh/paranormal creatures are out to drink my blood ahh save me storylines are getting you down.
Also, who can't at least feel for a heroine who wants to bust the real-life bad guys? I might not want to make my career in crime science, but I definitely can't help but follow along with a good mystery - Jas can't either, which is why you can't blame her for most of the hijinks she gets herself into.
And a best friend who loves pink, but talks on her radio to truckers in order to get Intel - priceless.
Final verdict: Need some mind candy? Look this one up. You won't regret it.
The perfect sleuth
Reader reviewed by Lea
Jas Callihan is the perfect sleuth, and the perfect magnet for trouble. Jas is hilarious, and her footnotes provide even more laughs as you get inside her head, and conversations. Whenever I thought I had it right, another plot twist caught me by surprise. Jaffe's work is hilarious, and highly entertaining.
Reader reviewed by Sage
Jasmine just want to enjoy her vacation in Vegas and prove to her dad that she can be a Model Daughter but because of one Bad Kitty she is throttled in a giant Vegas mystery. Can She solve it before it is too late?
This was a great book that left me guessing till the very end. The side comments were hillarious and i thoroughly enjoyed each moment of this book.
Reader reviewed by Sara
From inside cover: MEET JASMINE forensic supersleuth and unwitting victim of a naughty feline.
All Jasmine really wants is to enjoy her family vacation in Las Vegas. And avoid her evil cousin Alyson and Alysons best friend, Veronique. And show her suspicious dad that she can be a Model Daughter. And maybe meet the hot guy shes been eyeing from across the pool. Is that too much to ask?
Apparently, yes. One moment shes an innocent bylounger, the next the central figure in a Las Vegas-sized mystery. Fortunately, Jasmine is both a forensics enthusiast and possessed of some very, well, special friends. Polly, Tom, and Roxy crash the vacation, BeDazzle Jasmines wardrobe, and find themselves key players in the most outrageous adventure in a town known for outrageous adventures.
All because of a very bad kitty.
I've read quite a few of Michele Jaffe's books for adults (The Stargazer, etc), but this is the first of her books for younger adults that I'd read. I wasn't sure that I wanted to read it - in fact, it came out a few years ago and I always passed by it, but I TOTALLY regret that now. Because this book is totally, totally HILARIOUS! For real - I absolutely loved it.
I like books that have a mystery element - especially one that doesn't have really obvious solution right from the beginning (because that just makes the lead up so BORING). Add that to some super funny characters that you wish you knew in real life and you've got yourself a book that you can't put down and has people looking at you funny as you laugh-out-loud when everyone else is silent.
One the unique aspect of this book were the subtexts throughout. Everyonce in awhile the characters would have side conversations at the bottom of the page that were so random and funny. It reminded me of some conversations my friends and I have had.
Ratings (Out of 10):
Writing Style: 10
Total: 50/50 (A)
READ THIS BOOK! Right now! Or at least when you finish the one you're currently reading...
Reader reviewed by stephanie
The side conversations were absolutely hilarious. I loved how random it was and how obnoxiously funny Jas and her friends were. They teased at each other but despite their teasings, it was obvious that each and every one of them cared about each other deeply. Their loyalty were never tested because it's genuine. Roxy, Polly and Tom's need to protect Jas and aid her in her mysteries were just signs of their love for her. I never doubted their friendship.
Jas or Jasmine is hilarious. She's overly obsessed with superpowers and believes that her own superpower is being attracted to cats. Little does she know that her superpower comes in handy at random times. She's also obsessed with mysteries and love playing detectives and getting herself in trouble. Of course, it's never on purpose. She just happens to fall into trouble.
The plot is quite intriguing. Jas finds herself ankle-deep in a mystery that has been going on for the last fifteen years. She finds comrades and enemies lurking in every corner. And with her novice level skills of being a detective and with the help of her friends, she manages to uncover secrets, scandals and lies.
Overall, if I had to use one word to describe Bad Kitty, it would be: hilarious. Completely and utterly hilarious.
Reader reviewed by KitKat
I was laughing out loud as I read this hilarious, fast-paced novel by Michelle Jaffe.
Jas, aspiring supersleuth, is relaxing an enjoying the rest of the family vacation as the Venetian Hotel in L.A., and trying to attract the attention of the cute guy at the Snack Hut.
But all is not right. Fiona Bristol, the star of the you-know-what scandal, her son, their insane cat Mean and Dangerous Joe (mad joe for short) (who has taken a liking to Jas), Jas's father "the Thwarter, smiter of dreams," her evil cousin Alyson and Alyson's evil hench twin Veronique, Sherri!, the Fabinator, a murder just begging to be solved... all are conspiring to ruin Jas's peaceful vacation.
None of what happens is her fault.
The plot is mildly interesting, the characters a bit overdone, but the writing style and laugh-out-loud narration have made this one of my absolute favorite reads.
Reader reviewed by Holly
Jasmine is on vacation when she gets mixed up in a wild mix of bad cats, crazy hitmen, and one hot guy. How did she get into all this mess? Well, we'll just say it's the cat's fault!
This book is VERY entertaining! The lingo in the book is also great. I love the way that she use footnotes in the bottom to carry on conversations between some of the charcters! I can't wait to read the next one that comes out in July, titled Kitty Kitty.
A super mystery you won't ever figure out.
Reader reviewed by Tasha
Jas is a 6 foot tall seventeen year old who loves a good mystery. The thing is, her father can't stand her gallivanting around trying to solve these mysteries. After a summer spent being a medical assistant at her uncle's practice she is ready to take her annual summer vacation with her family. Her first day in Las Vegas, at the glamorous Venetian hotel, seems to be perfect. The sun is shining and Jas is having a wonderful time eyeing the hot guy standing by the snack bar. Then her evil cousin Alyson and her henchman Veronique have to come and disrupt the peace. Not only does Jas have to endure this, but then a hairy orange furball of a cat jumps on to her and claws into her skin. OWWW! She runs trying to get the cat off, but only stops when she knocks over a 5-tier wedding cake and sends the bride into a pool. After being taken to a "jail" cell, she is released by the chief of security himself, Mr. Curtis. He seemed to be even thanking her for ruining the wedding! After the accident she realizes that the reason she was let go was because the cat that had caused so much trouble belonged to the super famous Fiona Bristol's son Fred. There even seems to be a mystery surrounding Fiona's life, but Jas is trying to be a model daughter and tries as hard as possible not to get involved. Her attempt fails when she is surprised by a visit from her three best friends, Roxy, Polly, and Tom, who convince her that she must and try to solve whatever mystery there might be. With the help of her friends Jas starts to uncover lots of little clues, and one thing leads to another. Before she knows it shes wrapped up with the cute guy at the snack shop, and has fallen into a case that seems to be way over her head. Will Jas be able to solve the mystery? Will she make her father find the good in mysteries?
This book was really good. At first I was a little leery, but then I just loved it. It's almost like a modern Nancy Drew, but a lot more sassy. Jas makes a great main character. She is quirky, funny, and up for anything. With her three sidekick friends she seems unstoppable. I loved how each character had one thing that was crazy about them. For example, Polly loves BeDazzlers, Roxy is obsessed with Aliens, and Tom is head over heels in love with Polly. This really added to the quality of the book. One thing that I didn't like about the book was the footnotes. It seemed like there was a completely different story going on within the footnotes, which confused me a lot. Excluding the footnotes though the book was great. There were many turns that kept you guessing until the last chapter and many surprises that made me laugh. All in all a great mystery that I recommend to everyone.
Original and Funny!
Reader reviewed by ambeen
Bad Kitty is a fast paced, laugh out loud novel. It is delightful from start to finish. The characters are all well portrayed and original. The humor is also very original and a refreshing departure from the same old jokes and situations that can be seen in other novels.
The footnotes in Bad Kitty were funny, but at times distracting. It was certainly another element to set Jaffe's novel apart from the rest, but at the same time, the footnotes could have easily been inserted into the ongoing scenes and dialogue. In spite of this slight distraction, Bad Kitty is a fun and colorful novel to be enjoyed.
loved this book, it was way mastercard!
Reader reviewed by linda
This book was hilarious, I had no idea there was someone more random than me! Jas is truly original and I loved everything about her. She always manages to get into trouble and solve crimes. She's on vacation when suddenly a cat pulls her into a world of crime and tabloids. Thankfully, her friends are with her. Her friends add a lot of excitement to the story, they are amazing and Roxy has moments when she is both ditzy and brilliant at the same time. Jas is trying to solve a murder and trying to prove that her crush is not evil but it doesn't look too good for the guy. Who is the real murderer? You'll have to read to find out.