True to Form

True to Form

Book - 2002
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Baker & Taylor
Living with her stern, unapproachable father and his new wife after the death of her mother, fourteen-year-old Katie finds herself lonely and forges an alliance with Cynthia, a fellow misfit, but when she tries to become part of the in-crowd, she loses her best friend and learns some valuable lessons about herself, her dreams, and her past. 125,000 first printing.

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Living with her stern, unapproachable father and his new wife after the death of her mother, thirteen-year-old Katie finds herself lonely and forges an alliance with Cynthia, a fellow misfit.

Simon and Schuster
In this warm and engaging novel, New York Times bestselling author Elizabeth Berg revisits the heroine she so lovingly brought to life in Durable Goods and Joy School. It is 1961, and thirteen-year-old Katie is facing a summer full of conflict. First, instead of letting her find her own work for the season, Katie's father has arranged for two less-than-ideal baby-sitting jobs -- one for the rambunctious Wexler boys and another for Mrs. Randolph, a kind but elderly, bed-ridden neighbor. To make matters worse, Katie has been forcibly inducted into the "loser" Girl Scout troop organized by her only friend Cynthia's controlling and clueless mother. A much-anticipated visit to her former home in Texas and ex-best friend Cherylanne proves disappointing. And then comes an act of betrayal that leaves Katie questioning her views on friendship, on her ability not to take those she loves for granted, and, most important, on herself. "One thing to say about you, Katie, is that you are true. You should be proud of it, and don't ever let anyone tell you otherwise," Cherylanne insists. But whether or not Katie will ever feel true to herself remains to be seen. From the writer whose work The New Yorker calls "strong" and "timeless," True to Form is a delicately told tale of a young girl wise beyond her years, whose growing pains finally awaken her to the clarity of forgiveness and a greater understanding of the complicated world around her. Full of the anguish and the joys of adolescence in a much more innocent time, True to Form is sure to make readers remember and reflect on their own moments of discovery and self-definition.

Publisher: New York : Atria Books, c2002
ISBN: 9780743411349
Characteristics: 214 p. ; 25 cm


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Jul 08, 2016

Final book in the trilogy. Katie learns some life lessons

Feb 15, 2014

I've never known a teenager like Katie Nash. And yet, Katie Nash is exactly the 13-year-old I was, and every 13-year-old girl I've ever known. That's how perfectly Elizabeth Berg paints the character, coupling all the complexities and uncertainties of being a teen with the fresh insights of one on the brink of adulthood. I don't typically like slice-of-life books, where the reader is dropped into a character's life at some random point and sticks around observing for a while as the character lives a relatively normal, uneventful life. But Berg's writing is so appealing and Katie is such a well-drawn, "true-to-form" character that I felt very connected to her and to the story.

BugLady1 Apr 28, 2012

Thank you Elizabeth Berg for creating yet another great story about Katie! True to Form is so true to you! An enjoyable light read with some great food for thought and reflection on oneself. If you are a fan of Durable Goods and Joy School then this book is a MUST for you! Read it!

Aug 25, 2011

One of my favorites!

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