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The Cat Ate My Gymsuit

The Cat Ate My Gymsuit Marcy s life is a mess Her parents don t understand her she feels like a fat blimp with no friends and her favorite teacher just got fired Ms Finney wasn t like the other teachers and she was helpi

  • Title: The Cat Ate My Gymsuit
  • Author: Paula Danziger
  • ISBN: 9780440916123
  • Page: 473
  • Format: Paperback
  • Marcy s life is a mess Her parents don t understand her, she feels like a fat blimp with no friends, and her favorite teacher just got fired Ms Finney wasn t like the other teachers, and she was helping Marcy feel good about being herself.Now that she s gone, Marcy doesn t know what to do She s always thought things would be better if she could just lose weight, but thMarcy s life is a mess Her parents don t understand her, she feels like a fat blimp with no friends, and her favorite teacher just got fired Ms Finney wasn t like the other teachers, and she was helping Marcy feel good about being herself.Now that she s gone, Marcy doesn t know what to do She s always thought things would be better if she could just lose weight, but the loss of Ms Finney sparks something inside her She decides to join the fight to bring back her teacher, and in doing so, she discovers that her voice might matter than she ever realized.With issues that still resonate strongly today and a character millions of teens have connected with, we are thrilled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of The Cat Ate My Gymsuit.

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    1. Oh Marcy, could I love you more? This book helped me and a lot of other girls accept what we looked like and who we were. I especially like this cover (the one I own) as that is EXACTLY what I imagine Marcy to look like!

    2. Historical context is paramount for full enjoyment of this adorably dated book was a fun read. While I think kids might have some trouble with casual references to recreation rooms, records, women's liberation and push button phones. The real issue is Marcy's parents. Without understanding the era in which this story was published (mid-seventies)they come off as a cartoonish villian and victim. The rampant McCarthyism and casual mysogny of Marcy's father as he chomps on a cigar while downing sco [...]

    3. This book is about a student named Marcy Lewis who hates school and she's one of the volleyball players in her school. In her classroom, no teacher have ever lasted in their room as a teacher because the students disrespect the teacher when they hate the teacher that's teaching them. Then this person who is ready to teach and

    4. Aku benci ayahku. Aku benci sekolah. Aku benci tubuh gemukku. Aku benci Kepala Sekolah karena ia ingin memecat Ms.Finney, guru bahasa inggrisku.Membaca kalimat pertama itu, aku mengira Marcy ini tentu orang yang sering mengeluh, tidak puas dengan apapun, penyendiri dan mungkin pemarahSetelah meneruskan membaca terbukti semua yg kukira di awal ternyata banyak yg salahMercy memang penyendiri, tapi dia bukan pemarah, dia pemalu Dia malu akan kegemukan tubuhnya, dia malu jika muncul jerawat di wajah [...]

    5. I'm really surprised to hear that so many people liked this book - I am at a loss to say anything about it. I can't say that it was really terrible, it was just pointless to me. The characters were a little too basic and contrived - they are either good or evil, with no exploration into their viewpoints, backgrounds, or values. For a book that seems to be promoting understanding other people and accepting new ideas, it felt very one-sided to me.

    6. -----3,5 starI LOVE THIS BOOKNggak nyangka bakal jatuh suka sama buku ini, dan kelar dengan begitu cepatnya pas dibaca. Ngalir banget ceritanya, dan nggak bertele-tele, meskipun ending-nya agak sedikit terlalu mudah. Pengen lebih greget. Tapi, cukup seru (banget) sihhlove it. Tema-nya pun oke. Asyik-lah pokoke!

    7. This is the complete review as it appears at my blog dedicated to reading, writing (no 'rithmatic!), movies, & TV. Blog reviews often contain links which are not reproduced here, nor will updates or modifications to the blog review be replicated here. Graphic and children's reviews on the blog typically feature two or three images from the book's interior, which are not reproduced here.Note that I don't really do stars. To me a book is either worth reading or it isn't. I can't rate it three- [...]

    8. RETRO REREAD #3. I am going back and re-reading books from my adolescence (found in several boxes while moving. Books that is, not my adolescence - that's long gone) and this is the third one I pulled from the shelf (the first was This Time of Darkness by HM Hoover and the second was Anna to the Infinite Power by Mildred Ames), but I just now decided to make it a "thing" and give it a nifty name. So anyway - the ratings I am giving these books are based on two things: 1) did it hold up well, and [...]

    9. Perkenalkan, namaku Marcy Lewis. Aku gemuk dan berjerawat. Canggung dan mudah gugup. Sekolahku mengerikan. Aku tahu teman-teman tertawa di belakangku. Keadaan di rumah lebih buruk. Ayah menganggapku tidak berarti, dan seringkali bertengkar dengan ibu. Singkatnya, aku punya banyak masalah!Review saya:Ini buku bagus yang pernah saya baca. Tentang common problem gadis ABG. Yang kehilangan rasa percaya diri gara-gara bertubuh gemuk dan berjerawat. Marcy merasa dia adalah orang dengan masalah paling [...]

    10. (3.5) This was a nice quick "modern classic"-- I don't think I read it as a kid, but I could have. Though a lot of the story holds up now, 30+ years later, a lot of it is dated (Miss vs. Ms women's liberation issues, smoking "grass", etc.) Girls will still be able to relate to Marcy's weight issues, her mean father, and her clueless mother, however. I'm not sure who I would give this book to-- it is written at a pretty low reading level (4th-5th grade), but features a 13 year old 9th grader who [...]

    11. This book will always have a special place in my heart. I was twelve when I read it and completely identified with the main character and her struggles. I also loved the teacher in the story, who helped inspire me to be a teacher (at least for a little while). I still recommend this book to preteens and teens who feel they just don't fit in.

    12. This book meant SO much to me when I was in fifth grade. I actually remember reading it while walking home. I mean, I distinctly remember walking and reading at the same time.

    13. This is actually a re-read, too. I read it many, many years ago. It belongs to a group of books that I think of as realistic fiction / learning to deal with the world. One of the things that was of particular interest to me in this re-read is the attitude toward the issues of the day. I took a college class that was big on talking about and doing the types of things the students did in "Smedley". This seems to be very out-of-date now. The issue about saying the pledge has been resolved in many c [...]

    14. I have complicated feelings about this book. It's not perfect; the characters don't end up in a great place by the end. The people who are cruel don't get their comeuppance. People say sexist, misogynist, and fatphobic things. It's set in the 1970s, people were more in-your-face than now (in some ways). But by the end, things are better in many ways in our character's life. She is feeling more confident in herself and her ability to see herself getting older. She has more community connectedness [...]

    15. I like this book because these students been having a sub for the whole year and the next day they heard that they have a new teacher, not a sub but a real teacher and the students make this plan so they can show the teacher that there the boss, and every time the teacher took attendance the kids would say it's wrong. But later on throughout the week and days the teacher assigns them to do work in class and Marcy brought her gym suit to school and the teacher had brought a cat to school and this [...]

    16. Cute middle-school read with a protagonist who, at 13, is finding her voice and strength. Seems like it would be an empowering read for young girls.

    17. I'm always reading books about 30 years too late. It's funny, but I have so little understanding of what the 70s were, when I grew up in them. But back when this book came out, I was reading books written about 30 or so years earlier than this one. As a pre-teen and teenager, I was reading about the Malone family ( Meet the Malones ) by Lenora Mattingly Weber. Or I was reading the Betsy-Tacy books (remember the ones where she was in high school?) or books by Betty Cavanna and Grace Livingston Hi [...]

    18. The Cat Ate My GymsuitDelacorte Press, 1974, 119 pp. Paula Danziger ISBN 0-440-80025-0Marcy Lewis is a regular teenage girl. She is a character who many others can relate to. She has fears a real life teenage girl might have, about pimples, weight, home life. She is a living a life she feels she has no control over, and after being inspired by her classmates, and her English teacher Ms. Finney, she is doing something about it. The author, Paula Danziger's, message that this book shared was to sh [...]

    19. This was one of my staples as a kid, not least because I totally glommed on to a character completely insecure about her body and also having a hard time with a disconnected mother. Yes, it shows that this was written in the 70s--the ideas of a teacher being "Ms." or of a woman having to stay in the home are pretty out-of-date these days--but the main concepts are still incredibly strong. Every kid wants an adult who makes him/her realize that s/he has something to offer. Every kid is going thro [...]

    20. This was Danziger's first novel, and it shows. The moral is heavy-handed, the dialogue and narrative text are trite, and the only flashes of wit are in Marcy's excuses to her gym teacher (the title of the book is one such excuse).The fundamental problem with the book is that it talks down to its audience. Marcy is ostensibly thirteen years old, but her narration reads as though she's about eight. Even in 1974, high-school kids would never talk about political issues this way--hell, this was a ye [...]

    21. I had the audio version of this book (downloaded from my state's FREE audio library service - see if yours has one!) and LOVED it. It was produced by Full Cast Audio which is awesome if you listen to a book by them. I had to compose myself several times before going into a couple stores today while listening in my car because it was emotional. LOL It also has a segment at the end by Paula Danziger herself which was neat for lack of a better word. :)I would recommend this book for early teens as [...]

    22. The cat ate my gymsuit by Paula Danzinger was a very inspirational book because of the way the characters gave the story. I enjoyed the book a lot and I am looking to read more of this author, because it gave a huge impact on Marcy (the main character) on how one person (Ms.Finney a new teacher) can help you step out of your comfort zone. More main characters are Joel , Nancy , Mom, Dad, and the principal Mr.Stone (cause he has the personality of a brick wall). The main setting is all over Dwigh [...]

    23. I read this book when I was about fourteen and I remember really liking it, but had lost a lot of the details. The volleyball / dangling participle scene and wishing I could have gotten out of phys.ed. so easily is about the only thing that stuck.As a adult that was raised in a household that had many of the same dynamics, I was rather blown away at some of the memories that it brought back. And with the clarity of 30 years growth, I see that Marcy's father was terribly abusive and Marcy's poor [...]

    24. I found this book in an old box with a bunch of other books that defined my early teen years. I sat down and reread it in about an hour. It brought back a ton of memories for me. I believe it still stands the test of time - I'm not sure kids say "neat" anymore or any kid today would understand the horror of getting a phone call from a "friend" during dinner and having to stand in the kitchen while the family listened with the cord wrapped around your arm, but the themes remain consistent, unfort [...]

    25. This was a decent coming of age novel. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was actually coming of age, and going through similar experiences. Now, I'm looking at the characters with the benefit of wisdom that comes with age. However, having said that, Danziger created some phenomenal characters that were very relatable. At one point, when Marcy's father was being a worse emotional abuser than normal, I actually called my father and told him I loved him for not being like that. The best pa [...]

    26. While I liked the main character, as I identify with her, the rest of the characters come off as complete annoying jerks, especially the father and the principal. The father calls her stupid and comes close to physically abusing her. Unfortunately her mother doesn't to anything about it and would rather let them stay in this bad relationship. The principal is a bully and I feel that in real life he would've been fired. The story was just unpleasant and the main issue that gets the teacher fired [...]

    27. Marcy Lewis is a young student. At first she's shy, hates the way she looks, and refers to herself as the blimp. Everyday she goes to school and she skips gym class and is scared of showing too much blimp (fat). One day things change, she changes. Mrs. Barbra Finney comes as a new English teacher. She brings out the real Marcy. Marcy starts to stick up for herself and later in the book she has to stand up for mrs. Finney.

    28. Word of advice--If you are reading a book to your kids that you haven't read in a really long time, reread it by yourself first! There were a few kind of heavy topics in this one for my 10 yr old.

    29. I have recently discovered that I really enjoy Paul Danziger. I love the Amber Brown series. True to the title, his book was funny with all its excuses for getting out of gym--something I would have totally identified with as a chubby middle grader. And it was so much more: about how parents respond to child's weight, issues in the early 70s about women trying to find more independent roles and how men responded to that, expanding the world for smart 13 year old students, friendship between a bo [...]

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