The Cats We Meet Along the Way


A family attempt to make amends against the backdrop of an imminent world catastrophe – a stunning debut young adult novel about hope, healing and love.

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Seventeen-year-old Aisha hasn’t seen her sister June for two years. And now that a calamity is about to end the world in nine months’ time, she and her mother decide that it’s time to track her down and mend the hurts of the past. Along with Aisha’s boyfriend, Walter and his parents (and Fleabag the stray cat), the group take a roadtrip through Malaysia in a wildly decorated campervan – to put the past to rest, to come to terms with the present, and to hope for the future.

Aisha’s life has been turned upside down more times than she can count, but the announcement that confirmed the end of the world affected everyone, even her strong “Mak” (mother), who never seems to react to anything with much emotion. Suddenly Aisha wants to find out more about herself and her family’s past, and resolve issues created long ago before it’s too late. To do this, she must go on a long road trip around Malaysia with the people she loves the most (and a stray cat called Fleabag). This book kept me interested throughout and is an excellent page-turner! One of the things I loved about it was that it was filled with suspense and had an unnerving feel to it, which kept it exciting and original. The characters were described in such realistic detail that in some points of the book they felt like actual people, which helped to relate to them. I would recommend this book to ages 10 and above, but I think anyone would be able to enjoy it. Overall, I would give this book 5 stars. Imogen, Mostly Books Youth Ambassador

Additional information

Weight 0.23 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 1.8 cm










Paperback original


823.92 (edition:23)


Children – juvenile / Code: J