To be a cat by Matt Haig

Do you ever have that feeling of just wanting to escape from the current situations (especially as preteens and Teenagers, because that age is hard and there are way too many things to figure out)

Just imagine yourself after one of those bad days that suck all the happiness out of you. You come back home tired and sad and there you look at some cat sitting in the sun, stretching it’s limbs ever so gracefully without any trace of a single worry in the world and somewhere deep down you feel ‘i wish I just could he cat’ but then you carry on with your day as usual and nothing happens but what if you could actually exchange places with a cat or any animal?

This book explores that possibility in a very funny and warm,fuzzy sort of way via life of an average twelve year old teenage boy Barbey.

His parents divorced a while back, he lives with his mom who is always seems to be in superspeed mode and his dad has gone missing since an year, he is bullied at school and to make it worse his head teacher is always ready to get him.

He does have a best friend who deeply cares about him and his dog a Charles spaniel who is very fond of him, but rather than that there’s nothing else, untill one day…. he somehow exchange places with a cat and as you would expect, discover a whole new world of cats and humans, this is sort of a children’s book with illustrations and everything but it still gets a little dark at some points, but not too much.

I won’t go all book review over the plot and writing style because it’s not that kind of book, it’s the kind of book that you read in a day or two, it cracks you up, makes you smile and sometimes frown and even though you kind of guessed what’s the ending is going to be you stay with the book till the very last page, because it’s that good.

Touching the heart strings rather than ticking the conventional boxes. Just a sweet book about friendship, family, growing up and learning to accepting yourself. I would definitely recommend it to young readers or readers like me who never seem to grow up.


Barney Willow thinks life couldn’t get any worse. He’s weedy, with sticky-out ears. Horrible Gavin Needle loves tormenting him – Barney has no idea why. And headteacher-from-hell Miss Whipmire seems determined to make every second of Barney’s existence a complete misery! Worst of all, Dad has been missing for almost a year, and there’s no sign of him ever coming home.

Barney just wants to escape. To find another life… Being a cat, for example. A quiet, lazy cat. Things would be so much easier – right?

Barney’s about to discover just how wrong he is. Because he’s about to wake up as a cat – and not just any cat. Gavin Needle’s cat…

A fast, exciting story from the winner of the Gold Smarties Award, with illustrations from the brilliantly dark and mischievous Pete Williamson.

Published by drficticity

A twenty something girl who loves to read and talk about books & Stories and ideas

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