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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Corgi Childrens; New edition edition (5 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 055255197X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0552551977
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,117,517 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Emotion runs high and well structured suspense is key to this satisfying read" (Books for Keeps)

"This is a tough but heart warming read, which offers hope and optimism above all suffering" (The School Librarian)

"Sometimes it was so exciting and other times I just wanted to cry. I couldn't put it down, I just had to know what happened next" (First News 2007-08-03)

"terrific plotting and pace" (School Librarian 2007-10-01) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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After a terrible accident, Kat wakes up and discovers that she cannot remember anything at all about her past life - this is the enthralling story of a girl coming to terms with amnesia and discovering who she really is.

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Who are you if the person you were has disappeared? KAT GOT YOUR TONGUE is guaranteed to grip anyone who has ever looked in the mirror and wondered who exactly is staring back.

This tale begins with the main character being run over, and then gets more nail-biting. Although the heroine's amnesia is what creates the mystery and drives the plot forward, the story is really about more universal things: friends and family, love and hate, discovery and loss and redemption. It's also about the awful gulf of communication between parents and their kids, how neither seems able to understand the other, and how much better it could be if only we talked.

Don't expect a typical teens-with-problems yarn. It's effortlessly page-turning, yet you may have your brain tied in knots by some pretty deep questions. Even as the twin narratives race head-on towards each other, you are forced to ponder what `me' really means. At the heart of this book lurks a maddening mystery: Is the person we think we are just a story we tell ourselves?

The narrator - who is really two narrators - is great company throughout, even when she's at her most unpleasant. At times she's more of an anti-hero, by no means a `nice person' in the usual sense. The fact that she remains sympathetic even when she (in her own words) `totally loses it' is part of what makes this book so special. Her bad behaviour is shown to come more from sadness and fear than from malice. Kathy and her alter-ego Kat pass the main character test with flying colours: you desperately hope she's going to be all right.

Teenage girls will devour this book. Anyone who isn't one (and I never was) should check it out too. It's great fun, a perfect balance of darkness and humour, and a powerful tale about what it means to be the most extraordinary thing in the world: a person.
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By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Sept. 2007
Format: Paperback
Kat is hit by a car. All she remembers is a bang and a circle of staring faces. An ambulance takes her to the hospital where they determine she has amnesia.

After a few days of observation in the hospital, Kat returns home. It may be home, but she doesn't recognize a thing. Not her mother, her mother's boyfriend, her house, her room - nothing. Everyone tries to be understanding, but it is not easy for anyone.

Dr. Perrin, a psychologist, tries to get to the bottom of the problem and suggests it might be related to something with no connection to the accident. That doesn't really help Kat. All she knows is that her closet is full of clothes she never remembers wearing, everyone calls her Kathy and that doesn't seem right, and her mother seems desperate for her to remember something, anything.

When it is no longer reasonable to stay at home, Kat returns to school. Instead of finding familiar faces or help in recalling her past, she is met by strange looks and rude behavior. Jade and Poppy, who were supposedly her best friends before the accident, are suddenly teasing and taunting her. They seem to know about some terrible thing Kat did before the accident, and they are making her life miserable.

Author Lee Weatherly tells Kat's story from two perspectives. Chapters alternate between Kat's description of her current situation and journal entries from before the accident when Kat was known as Kathy by her friends and family. Readers will keep turning pages as their curiosity grows. What terrible thing did Kat do and will she ever regain her past?

Reviewed by: Sally Kruger, aka "Readingjunky"
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. Carter on 30 Aug. 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is beautifully written, with a wonderful theme that really gives food for thought. I don't want to give away the great story yet Lee Weatherly weaves such a great matrix that you will be happy and amazed at how she brings it all together like a beautiful recital. I sobbed my heart out. Lee Weatherly just gets better and better.
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By R. Clay on 17 Dec. 2008
Format: Hardcover
i love this book this book was the first one that inspired me to start reading it is like you are watching all of the story it is brilliant
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Reader in Beds on 26 Nov. 2006
Format: Hardcover
Lee Weatherly writes realistic fiction superbly. When Kat loses her memory following a road accident she is shattered, but discovering who she was and what she did before running into an oncoming car is even more traumatising. This is another gripping psychological thriller from the writer of the prize-winning Child X.
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