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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Book Review: For Keeps by Natasha Friend

For Keeps by Natasha Friend
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Release Date: Available Now
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Pages: 272
Source: Received from publicist for honest review

Summary: Josie’s never met her dad, and that’s fine with her. To Josie, Paul Tucci is just a guy who got her mom pregnant and then moved away. It all happened sixteen years ago, when Josie’s mom was still a teenager herself. But now Paul Tucci is back in town, and Josie has to deal with not one but two men in her life—her father and her first boyfriend, who Josie fears will hurt her just like Paul hurt her mother.

My Review: For Keeps is definitely a keeper! I loved it from start to finish. The voice of all the characters were very distinct and relatable. I especially was satisfied with Josie's personality because her mind and attitude represented exactly how teenagers act. The bond between Josie and her mom reminded me of The Gilmore Girls. They both shared everything with each other, well almost everything. Some things were kept in the dark concerning her father. She never met him and only knew what her mother had told her.

When her father's parents move back to their area, the puzzle starts unraveling. The misunderstandings that were revealed are crazy. You'd never expect the outcome of why Josie has been deprived from ever meeting her father. Besides, a life changing experience she also develops a relationship with a long time crush Matt, which is a total cutie. Another character I loved was her free spirited best friend, half the stuff out of her mouth was hilarious. Overall, an entertaining, funny and loveable story.

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Author's Info:
A writer and full time mom, Natasha Friend's work has appeared in Family Fun magazine and Chicken Soup for the Volunteer's Soul. Her first title, Perfect, won the Milkweed Prize for Children's Literature and was a Book Sense Pick. Natasha currently resides in Massachusetts with her husband, Erik, and sons, Jack and Ben.

4 comments:

elizabeth said...

This book sounds really good. Thanks for the review. I hope to read it soon :)

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Ooo I've been curious about this book. It does sound really good and you pretty much had me sold by using the Gilmore Girls reference, lol

Book Butterfly (Kim) said...

I've been wanting to read this for awhile and anything that has Gilmore Girls type relationships has me sold too. One of my fave shows! Great review as usual :)

The Graef Family! said...

I agree with Kim it if has Gilmore Girls type stuff its gotta be good! I love that show also. Sounds like a super cute read! Thanks for the review. :)

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