Published by: Ingrid King. Last Updated on: February 1, 2023 by Crystal Uys

Cat Girl's Day Off cover

I read a lot of different books from a lot of different genres, but I had never read anything in the Young Adult Fiction category. Which is actually kind of surprising, because one of my guilty pleasures is watching trashy young adult dramas on tv. Shows like Dawson’s Creek (oh, the teenage angst!) and Gossip Girl (of couse, I watch that one strictly because it’s set in my favorite city in the world. Okay, and the glimpse into the “scandalous lives of Manhattan’s elite” is fun, too. ) But I digress.

When the publicist for Kimberly Pauley’s latest novel Cat Girl’s Day Off asked whether I would like a review copy, I was intrigued. This is how she described the book:

“Nat Ng has always tried to keep her “talent” of being able to converse with cats a secret. But after Nat’s friends make her watch a viral Internet video, her secret talent suddenly catapults them to the forefront of a celebrity kidnapping mystery and a race against time through Ferris Bueller’s Chicago. The only thing crazier than talking to cats may be what they have to say. “

This was definitely not my usual fare. But a book about a girl who can talk to cats sounded like fun. And I really wanted to know why there’s a pink cat on the cover.

The book is absolutely delightful. Written in a lively, breezy, conversational style, told from the extremely likeable protagonists perspective, the story takes the reader on a wild ride  involving a kidnapped celebrity blogger, a pink cat, a movie set, and a shape-shifting villain. You’ll have to suspend your sense of belief a little, but that’s actually what makes the book such a fun read. It’s pure entertainment, and it features plenty of cats who all have a lot to say.

And you’ll just have to read the book yourself to find out why the cat on the cover is pink.

I highly recommend this book for young adult cat lovers and adult cat lovers who are young at heart.

The publisher is offering to give an advance reading copy of Cat Girl’s Day Off to one lucky reader.  To enter the giveaway, tell me in a comment why you’d like to win this book. For an additional chance to win, tweet about this giveaway or share on Facebook, and post the link in a separate comment. This giveaway ends Friday, April 27. Open to US readers only.

Kimberly Pauley is the author of the award-winning Sucks to Be Me, which was honored on the YALSA Quick Picks for Reluctant Readers list. Born in California, Pauley has lived everywhere from Florida to Chicago and has now gone international to live in London with her husband and their son. She wrote Cat Girl s Day Off because she wanted to share with the world what cats really think. For more about Kimberly and her books, visit

This book was sent to me by the publisher. Receiving the complimentary copy did not influence my review.

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19 Comments on Review and giveaway: Cat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

  1. I’d love to win to share a great new book with the teens in my library! they really like her Sucks to be Me books.

  2. I think it would be the coolest thing ever to be able to talk to cats and getting dragged into a major kidnapping case sounds just like the kind of mess a cat would pull into and think nothing of. I just really can’t wait to read this book.

  3. loved your review and I am glad to see that we BOTH have some teenage guilty pleasures! lol. As you know, don’t enter me, I have the book and loved it! 🙂

  4. I’m a young adult, and I love curling up in bed with a good book and my cats. It’s the only time of night they’ll lay down and relax with me before I head to bed and they begin they’re nightly fun.

  5. i want to win this book because I love reading young adult literature. also the plot sounds very good.

  6. I would love to actually read a paper book! I read all the time, but its always on my smartphone. And I really am interested to find out about the cute pink kitty 🙂

  7. This would be a great read for my 8 year-old niece, who is advanced in her reading skill, but still isn’t quite ready for adult literature…and she LOVES cats!!!

  8. I’m a retired school librarian who still reads children’s and YA books. I’ve read cat books since I could read. I’d love to have a chance to read about Ng.

  9. I would like to win a copy of this book as any book that has lots of
    cats in it must be a best seller !

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