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BAD KITTY by Michele Jaffe

BAD KITTY

By Michele Jaffe

Age Range: 12 - 15

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-06-078108-4
Publisher: HarperCollins

Jasmine Callihan, an irrepressible, accident-prone, 17-year-old aspiring police detective, is a trouble magnet. And trouble, in this frothy mystery thriller, is what she gets when she travels to Las Vegas for a family vacation. Inventive, witty and laugh-out-loud-funny in spots, Jas must cope with her troublesome family while trying to help an endangered eight-year-old boy and his famous mother, Fiona, a “yogi-slash-actress-slash-model-slash-scandal-haver.” Fiona has been keeping a low profile since her husband’s business manager was found stabbed to death, presumably by her husband, who disappeared after being accused of the crime. The plot heats to a boil when the mother and son pair vanish, and Jas’s hunky but mysterious love interest is found unconscious in their room. Although readers may become weary of the constant life lessons, argumentative footnotes and the protagonist’s voice, which sometimes grates yet is paradoxically the book’s greatest asset, the story manages to hang onto its fizz until the enjoyably twisty ending. (Fiction. 12-15)