Catfishing on CatNet

A Novel

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Catfishing on CatNet (2019, Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom)

288 pages

English language

Published Aug. 8, 2019 by Doherty Associates, LLC, Tom.


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4 stars (6 reviews)

4 editions

Incompetent security mom

3 stars

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5 stars

A book I read down in one day and immediately started the sequel. It is fun, has a diverse cast and a light-hearted tone but is also meaningful. It touches darker issues in a respectful way and has a fast developing plot. But what struck me most when I read this "ten minute in the future" young adult novel is how it describes friendships online and offline. I never before have read a book that described my own way of treating internet spaces and friendships and what they mean to me so accurately.

Fun tale of an AI and teenagers working together to fix things.

4 stars

This was a fun YA book to read. I am not a teenager now and don't know how American teens may behave, but the book gives a believable portrayal of the life of a teen who has been on the run with her mother for much of her life (to hide from her abusive father who once kidnapped her mother), yet finds friendship in a social network called CatNet which, she later discovers, is being quietly run by an AI.

The AI itself likes pictures (especially cat pictures) and is eager to foster good relationships with the people on CatNet. When the teen, Steph, moves yet again to another town and finds actual friendship there and would rather just stay there, the AI decides to 'help' her, and ends up revealing their (singular they) existence to Steph to get her trust.

Unfortunately, the 'help' causes too much attention to become …

so much better than other techy YA stuff that gets more attention

4 stars

I loved this, especially the first 1/3 or so where you were really just hanging out with a bunch of weird bored teenagers that reminded me of myself at that age. The writing style is so great, just wry and dry and not afraid to be ridiculous. I appreciated the Cambridge parts and hope one day there will be a robot run pastry cafe called Cherry Pi

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