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Durable Goods
Author: Elizabeth Berg
On the hot Texas army base she calls home, Katie spends the lazy days of her summer waiting: waiting to grow up; waiting for Dickie Mack to fall in love with her; waiting for her breasts to blossom; waiting for the beatings to stop. Since their mother died, Katie and her older sister, Diane, have struggled to understand their increasingly distan...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780812968149
ISBN-10: 081296814X
Pages: 224
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 104 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a quick read and not a very good one. The characters are not well developed and you never really find out why certain characters are the way they are. I don't care for books that leave you guessiing at the end as this one did.
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Helpful Score: 2
I read this in eighth grade and I have to admit to not remembering very much about it. However, what I do remember is that it is extremely subtle; while the subject matter is domestic abuse, there is very little action of that kind in the text.
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Helpful Score: 2
I absolutely LOVED this book because I could relate to Katie in so many ways and her sister reminded me a lot of my own big sister. I read this book start to finish in about 2 hours.
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Helpful Score: 2
The story of Katie will melt your heart. Once you start, you won't stop reading it, until finished.
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A very quirky and quick read about the life of a 12 year old who is going through a rough time in her life and how she deals with it. Well written, I will definitely pick up another Berg novel.
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I love reading books written by Elizabeth Berg...I especially love the books about Katie. It is so easy to "be there" with her and understand what she is going through. This is an excellent read.
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This is the story of one year in the life of 12 year old Katie whose mother has died of cancer, father is in the military and Diana, her 18 year old sister spends all of her time with Dickie, the love of her life. Both Katie and Diana walk on egg shells at home because dad becomes physically violent when he is angered. The story is told from Katie's perceptions. When the book was over, I really wanted to know what happened to Katie after the end of the story.
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This book wasn't bad but it wasn't exactly great either. I've read other books by Berg that were definitely better, and since this was her first book, I wanted to read it. Could've done without it.