Kitty Kitty

Kitty Kitty

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by Michele Jaffe

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Jasmine had everything a girl could want.1

So it wasn't her idea of SuperFun to move halfway around the world to Venice, Italy, leaving her fab pals and hot new boyfriend back in Los Angeles.2 But Venice isn't so bad . . .

Until Jasmine's Evil Hench cousin, Alyson, and her Best Fiend Veronique

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Jasmine had everything a girl could want.1

So it wasn't her idea of SuperFun to move halfway around the world to Venice, Italy, leaving her fab pals and hot new boyfriend back in Los Angeles.2 But Venice isn't so bad . . .

Until Jasmine's Evil Hench cousin, Alyson, and her Best Fiend Veronique arrive,3 Jasmine's secret plan to jet to California is foiled,4 her boyfriend starts hanging with someone named Candy,5 and her only friend in Venice turns out to be in deadly peril.6

Faster than you can say "gelato," Jasmine is caught up in a catastrophic caper featuring a runaway heiress, a smoldering gondolier, 142 kinds of pizza, and a bothersome kitty. But before she can face off against a dangerous adversary, she has to face herself.

While wearing white leather pants.7

1 Rock star boyfriend, homicidal hair, fabulous pals, iNsAnO father . . .
2 No, this was the work of Dadzilla, smiter of life's happiness.
3 They ask to be called by their faerie names, Sapphyre and Tiger's*Eye. No, I am not joking. What? I'm supposed to keep the scary stuff inside the book?
4 Hello Dadzilla!
5 Who may or may not have perfect hair and boobs and be able to communicate with dolphins.
6 Not that anyone believes it. Until— What? That is for inside the book too? Okay, fine.
7 Only part of the time. The rest of the time I have to wear . . . oh, right. ScArY stuff inside.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Miriam Gottschalk
Michelle Jaffe really knows the mind of a teenage girl. Our heroine, Jasmine Callihan, is in Venice, Italy, at the worst possible time in a young girl's life: at the beginning of her senior year in high school and at the beginning of a new romance, both of which are in California. This insightful young woman is refreshingly funny and creative, as evidenced in her emails and the life lessons she intones throughout the story. As she takes us on an entertaining romp through Venice, she endears herself to the local constabulary when she discovers her classmate, Arabella, dead and suspects foul play that the law misses. She meets a charming gondolier who is amazingly well connected, and manages to lure her loyal posse from California to come to her aid to unravel the mystery of Arabella's demise. It is an enjoyable page-turner with an unexpected twist, and will satisfy mystery fans, young, and not-so, alike. Reviewer: Miriam Gottschalk
School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

This sequel to Bad Kitty (HarperCollins, 2006) finds 17-year-old Jasmine in Venice, Italy, where her father has relocated the family in an attempt to distract Jas from the amateur sleuthing she has pursued in the States. When the body of her Italian-class friend is found in a canal and the police rule the death a suicide, Jas tries to convince them that Arabella would never take her own life and that, in fact, she had suspected that someone was stalking her. The police refuse to listen, and Jas decides to solve the mystery on her own. The arrival of her cousin Alyson and Alyson's friend Veronique (whom Jas dubs the "Evil Hench Twins") complicates her investigation; however, the surprise appearance of Jas's best friends from home is an unexpected boon. Narrated in the teen's breezy, slangy voice, the story is interrupted by interpretive footnotes that become more lengthy and numerous as the caper continues. The mystery at the heart of this novel proves satisfying and features a number of red herrings and unexpected twists that will intrigue fans of the genre. Unfortunately, Jaffe's sometimes convoluted and note-laden narrative threatens to overwhelm the plot and limits the book's appeal. Nonetheless, fans of the previous novel and lovers of Meg Cabot, whose literary influence is clearly felt here, will find Kitty Kitty a welcome addition.-Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston

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Bad Kitty Series , #2
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Kitty Kitty

By Michele Jaffe
HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
Copyright © 2009

Michele Jaffe
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780060781118

Chapter One

My best friend, Polly, thinks that people should come with warning labels, like mattresses. If they did, mine would be Crime Scene Do Not Cross.

Or at least it would have been, once. But not anymore. Not since Jas's European Exile started. For the past six weeks, nothing had happened to me.

Even the horoscope I found while skimming the newspaper to do my current events assignment for Italian class, on the Saturday morning this all started, said:

"The Gobi Desert is one of the most inhospitable places in the world, and your sign is likewise right now. You feel battered by storms outside your control and beleaguered by a drought of change. Rest, meditate, and conserve your strength until this dry period passes. Any attempt to alter its course could have grave consequences."

Yes. As though having to go to class on Saturday was not bad enough, my horoscope compared my life to the Gobi Desert. And said there was nothing I could do about it. Horrorscope was more like it.

As the full meaning of its words sank in, I realized I had two choices. I could either continue to soldier on, dead inside but wearing the mask while the fates Riverdanced over my whole life's happiness. Or I could take action. Because as far as my eyes could see, there were no GraverConsequences than sitting around as my life ebbed from me a little more every day. My friends, my boyfriend, my whole world was 4,000 miles away, going on without me. If that horoscope told me nothing else, it was that things could not get any worse. (Yes, Fates, I hear you laughing. I know, I'm so, so funny.)

I'd been waiting patiently, but the time for patient waiting was over. It would have been jolly to email a friend for some moral support, but it was 11:00 on Friday night in Los Angeles and all my friends would probably be out doing something really fun. Without me. Plus, ever since my dad saw the bill for the day I spent fourteen hours hitting the get mail button on my email screen praying to see Jack's name pop into my inbox, I wasn't supposed to go online from my room. As was always the way these days, I had to be an Army of One.

I took a big breath and marched next door to my father and Sherri!'s room at the Grissini Palace Hotel (& Insanity Emporium), full of brave purpose, and knocked. But all the Brave Purpose in the world could not have steeled me against what I faced when the door opened.

My father was standing in the middle of the sitting area wearing a shiny yellow shirt and shiny black bike shorts with yellow piping.

To express the complete dreadfulness of it, you've got to understand that for the entire seventeen years of my life, my father has exclusively worn safari suits. Some people have a signature color, like my superchic friend Polly (pink). Or a signature scent, like my demon cousin the Evil Hench Mistress, Alyson (Bubble Yum). My father had a signature look. That of an explorer of the African outback.

If there is such a thing as the African outback.

True, he let me iron the sleeves on the safari jacket he wore for his wedding to my stepmother, Sherri!. And while we were in Las Vegas, he nightmarishly substituted khaki shorts for the long pants. But fundamentally, there was always a Ready for Safari feel to his look.

No longer. Unless they'd started holding safaris during the Tour de France.

I would not be lying even a little if I said that I would have taken the Nightmare on Khaki Street ensemble over what I saw before me. Because what I saw before me wasn't just a code red toxic fashion disaster. It was another sign of what I had been trying to deny. My father and his mind had split ways.

I know, I should have seen it earlier. The writing was on the wall forty-four days before, when the happy Isle of Jas (population: me) had been brutally destroyed by the dread beast Dadzilla.


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Meet the Author

Michele Jaffe is the author of Bad Kitty, Kitty Kitty, and the mangas Bad Kitty: Catnipped and Bad Kitty: Catnapped as well as several adult novels, including the thrillers Bad Girl and Loverboy. After getting her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Harvard, she retired from academia and decided to become an FBI special agent or glamorous showgirl but somehow ended up writing. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Michele and her sparkly shoes reside in New York City.

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Kitty Kitty 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 30 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it had suspence and romance and i had fun reading the book
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Jasmine Callihan is back in yet another crazy and zany escapade!

This time Venice, Italy is her prowling grounds.

Despite her father's desperate attempts to keep her out of trouble, Jas finds herself entangled in yet another mystery. Trying to find out who killed her new friend, Arabella, will lead her from small, overstuffed apartments, to churches, and to large manors inhabited by the rich.

Luckily for her, she has many, many allies to help watch her back. And one of them includes a mysterious stranger who might know something about her history.

Full of convoluted mysteries, witty segues, and good fashion, KITTY KITTY is a glittering beach must-have, and the perfect follow-up to BAD KITTY.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
We get out june frist and what about home phone?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok ttyl! XOXO thank you for keeping me company!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
That wasnt me....i dont remember getting my nine lives from no one......well darkstripe pads around.....(zane to santonia ...i love you....))
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
(Those other posts were my annoying little brother) "I'm very sorry but l have to quit this RP. Thank you all for providing my favorite Clan RP. I will miss you all." She annonced. With those last words she padded away forever. (If you want to visit me go to "baobab" result one. I RP Lion and Flame. If you ask me to RP Honeydrop there for a while l will.)
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I think your sample is awesome
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Go to heros lost and found and just chat! And maybe get a bf or gf! ~ Ashley
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Hello sexy
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SURVIVORS TORTURE JB PART TWO Blade typed something in. "What the?" said Lucky. Blade killing Lucky. "Dude!" said Lucky. "It a survivors animation!" said Blade. She jumped up. "Yes!" "Hey! What's that!" said Lux. Blade clicked on it. "There." (Warning, graphic of this video is disturbing to some viewers) "Ahh!" Blade said. "I cant believe you made me watch that video!" Blade was sick. "Umm.... Sweet! Can you go get Fierce Dog Alpha here a barfbbag?" "Sure, lovebug." Sweet winked. Blade threw up on Lucky. Lucky stared. "Next time I will make you watch one of them!" Blade growled. A brown dog came crashlanding in the room. "Bella!" Lucky exclaimed. "Lucky! Bro!" said Bella. They ran over. Blade panted. "Hmm...." "Hmph! You could have died!" said Bella's sister-in-law, Sweet the Border Collie. "Hey, what up?" said a voice. Blade turned around. "Dagger! Mace! You gonna join the part-ty?" said Blade. "Heck ya!" said Dagger. "What I miss?" said Alfie the Bulldog. "Yo somewhat lucky to be alive afta my bro saved you," said Bella to Alfie. Then, more dogs appear. "Martha! Sunshine! Daisy! Bruno! Mickey! Old Hunter!" the dogs said. "Yeah!" said Sunshine. Blade got a microphone. "Let's sing!" she said. Then, she sang, "Poppin' bottles in the ice! Like a blizzard! When, we drink we do it-" "Hey! Let's sing Gangnam style!" said Mickey. "We can call it "Oppa Macie style!" said Mace. "No! "Oppa Blade Style!" Duh!" said Blade. Just then, Alpha fox of the Pack came over. "Look who it is! I told you to give me the meat and-" "You will have a hole in yo skull if you don't get the *BEEEP* out!" Blade roared. "Language, Fierce Dog," Fox replied. She froze. "Look it all the puppy dogs! Believing in the legend of Wind! And the Storm of Dogs! Lightning! Earth-Dog! Pup Pack tales!" Fox mocked. "I don't have time for this," Bruno snarled. Blade sighed. "There will be one way." She put youtube on. She put on the disturbing video. "MY EYES!" he screamed. He ran away. "I'll be back!" he snarled. "Yeah, right!" Martha yelled. Bella said, "Blade, I record your sleeping pattern" to break the silence. Everyone burst out laughing. "I record your youth," said Blade. Blade put on Wolf's Rain. "My favorite! I is Tsume!" "I is Blue!" said Bella. "I is Kiba!" said Alfie. "Yeah, and I'm a penguin named Tinkywinky," said Blade sarcastically, rolling her eyes. "Hey! Poke'mon!" said Bella. "No! Spongebob!" Daisy said. "Squidward will destroy the universe!" Said Sweet, Lucky's beyonce'. "Hey, Alfie. You look like Jake from Adventure Time," said Old Hunter. "I am not cute! I'm hot!" Alfie said repeating a Jack quote. "What time is it?" said Lucky. "Adventure Time!" Blade howled. "I is Finn!" said Lucky. "I am LSP," said Blade. Then, there was a crash.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally worth the $$
MissPrint More than 1 year ago
Jasmine Callihan is back and better than ever in Kitty Kitty by Michele Jaffe! And, boy am I excited about that. Kitty Kitty picks up a month or two after the ending of Bad Kitty (Jaffe's madcap YA debut featuring Jasmine). This time around, Jasmine is in Venice, the most romantic city in the world, and in a beautiful hotel. The only problem is that Jasmine is there with her ogre-iffic father and her step-mother Sherri! In other words, Jasmine is really far away from her friends, her rock star boyfriend, AND the prestigious high school that would look great on her college applications. Why you may ask? So Jasmine can be home-schooled (not from her actual home) while she takes intensive Italian lessons and her father writes his definitive book on the history of . . . soap. Jasmine is understandably put out by all of these abrupt life changes. But what really upsets her is the apparent suicide of her friend from Italian class-the mysterious and eccentric Arabella. Except Jasmine isn't so sure that Arabella's death really was a suicide. Mayhem ensues as Jasmine begins to investigate Arabella's life in order to understand what could have provoked her death. Atrocities include bangs on the head as well as an unfortunate encounter with a pair of white leather pants. Oh, and Jasmine turning to Mr. T as a new role model (although that last one might not be so bad depending on who you ask!). Stylistically, Jaffe continues to use a variety of writing techniques to create a truly modern reading experience. Techniques that reappear in this volume include footnotes, email and instant messaging excerpts as well as pictures created with words. These devices help keep the novel interesting-there's a lot of information presented in a lot of different ways. At the same time, it makes readers extra aware that they are reading. But that's okay here because it encourages a close reading of the text in some cases-an important skill found in what can be called a light read. Some parts of the novel seem contrived, such as Jasmine's friends coming to her rescue, but with blow dart pens and tricked out cowboy boots this novel, like Bad Kitty before it, is more cartoon than true-to-life-drama anyway. (A style that Jaffe once again pulls off very well.) And who wouldn't want to read more about Jasmine's motley group of friends? Best friend/fashion genius Polly; lock picking, wise-cracking twins Tom and Roxy; and even Jas' evil cousin Alyson and her evil sidekick Veronique reappear with just as many made up words and fashion faux pas as before. My only qualm about the novel is that the cat angle that was so crucial to Bad Kitty is also not as strong here since no cats feature as more than passing characters in the narrative. Another odd addition is the presence of a mysterious sender of e-mails and an as yet undeveloped sub-plot involving Jasmine's dead mother (this person and the fact that Jasmine's mother died when she was six turn up more in this novel than the first, which didn't mention mysterious e-mails at all). Aside from being a fine example of a writer spinning backstories into a series as she writes the series, this new plot thread suggests that Jasmine will return again soon.
Sonal Bhatt More than 1 year ago
I LOVED this book it gets your attention from the very first page and jasmine is so witty and loveable i cant wait to read the next book in the series
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I see that Catnipped and Kitty Kitty came out at the same time but are totally different. Which one do I read first?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
There's something so perfect about these books, I wouldn't change a thing. I've laughed (out loud) on several occasions while reading this mini series (hopefully there'll be more?). The characters are so fun and consistent; Michele Jaffe does a good job of rotating between old characters and new which is so nice because you feel sentimental about certain characters that just have to be there, but you also want new blood. The mystery is interesting but never disturbing, though the conclusions are kind of hard to follow
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