Last Updated on June 7, 2022, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 88
The issues of teacher independence and student protest [in The Cat Ate My Gymsuit] are topical, and Marcy, an intelligent and enjoyable adolescent, is an appealing heroine; however, the ending is anticlimactic and unsatisfying … and some of the characters like Marcy's bullying father are stereotypes.
Cathy S. Coyle, "Junior High Up: 'The Cat Ate My Gymsuit'," in School Library Journal, an appendix to Library Journal (reprinted from the November, 1974 issue of School Library Journal, published by R. R. Bowker Co./A Xerox Corporation; copyright © 1974), Vol. 21, No. 3, November, 1974, p. 62.