Book Reviews of Joy School

Joy School
Joy School
Author: Elizabeth Berg
ISBN-13: 9780679449430
ISBN-10: 0679449434
Publication Date: 3/25/1997
Pages: 208
Rating:
  • Currently 3.6/5 Stars.
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3.6 stars, based on 29 ratings
Publisher: Random House
Book Type: Hardcover
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Helpful Score: 4
This is book 2 in the Katie trilogy by Berg. I recently read Durable Goods, and wanted to see where the story of Katie was going.

The book opens with 13 year old Katie and her dad now stationed on a base in Missouri. She is having a tough time adjusting to her new life. It is difficult for her to make friends, her sister Diane is not with her to help her deal with the problems she is having. Her dad is still very distant and her mothers recent death is still tormenting Katie.

One day Katie meets the man of her dreams, 23 year old Jimmy. He is a gas station attendant who is extremely handsome and nice, although married. This doesnt stop Katie from falling in love with him and planning their life together. As she settles into her new life Katie makes new friends, and has to make some choices about which road to take, without much adult guidance.

Once again, I love the simple but heart felt style of writing that Berg utilizes. The writing is spare but you really identify with many of Katies feelings and actions. A sweet tale of first love and the joy and pain it can bring. I have book three True to Form sitting here waiting to be read. I dont think Ill wait very long.
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Helpful Score: 3
I really enjoyed the story. It is about a 13-year old girl, new to her Missouri town, living alone with a stern, inaccessible father following her mother's death. She forges alliances where she can, and that ultimately offer her more than she had anticipated. A very nice read.
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Helpful Score: 1
Nobody does characters like Elizabeth Berg. This is a great growing up story.
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Helpful Score: 1
Second in the 'Katie' series, I loved it.
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Helpful Score: 1
Very nice story. I enjoy Berg's books.
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Very enjoyable book on growing up.
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I always enjoy Berg's take on life, and I think she has a remarkable ability to write from the perspective of a child/young teen. This story invites us to remember those awkward, trying-to-fit-in, early teen years, self-consciousness about one's family, the first blush of love. Good story. Enjoy.
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Good book. Interesting for young readers.
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A coming of age novel that brought me back in time to my middle school years. Humorous, witty and very well written.
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Fabulous read! Fell in love with the young girl, Katie... Berg has a way of making the reader feel and understand what the character is going through.
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good book
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Written more like a young adult novel, but still a cute story of a young girl whose mother recently died. She moves with her over protective father to Missouri, where she must make new friends, and she eventually falls in love. A quick, sweet read. Supposed to be a "sequel" to Durable Goods.
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Very sweet book. I remember enjoying the main character very much.
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A story that tugs at the heartstrings...thirteen-year-old Katie is new to her Missouri town, living alone with a stern, inacessible father following her mother's death. Unable to fit in at school, she forges alliances where she can: with her housekeeper, with a pimply fellow misfit named Cynthia, and with the gorgeous Taylor, who gets her kicks out of shoplifing. Most frutrating of all is Katie's imperfect friendship with the proprietor of a local gas station, a handsome 23-year-old who shares her love of checkers but doesn't return her crush.
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Kind of boring. Not nearly as good as others by her I have read.
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Sweet katie has lost her mother at the age of thirteen and father is inaccessible. She desperately tries to connect with people and in doing so experiences her first crush.
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I got this book in a paperbackswap.com transaction.

Lonely, in a new town with new problems and a widowed father who pays her little mind, Katie struggles to find her way. At thirteen, that's not so easy. But friendship by friendship, her life improves.

I particularly loved her relationship with Jimmy. He was pretty naive and took something of a risk spending that much time alone with a girl that age, but he treated her with tenderness and warmth so needed to help her through her time.

Well worth the time to read.
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Good book.
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The second in the continuing story of Katie, a sweet, funny, endearing young woman.
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joy school is the story of 13 year old katie.it is a sad and sweet story of a misguided first love.
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Entertaining and a quick read.....a bit nostalgic
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Tugs at the heartstrings... a 13 year old girl in a new town must find new relationships, and forms a crush on a buddy she plays checkers with, the handsome 23 year old owner of the local gas station. Hilarious and heartbreaking...
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I enjoyed the book. I'm an Elizabeth Berg fan.
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A follow up story to Durable Goods. Very fast read, very good
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My daughter loved this book.
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Rarely is a sequel better than the first book; this one is!
The author so enjoyed these characters that she continued the story. This is book 2 of 3, but each stands alone.
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A very sweet, easy to read book.
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This is a large print edition.
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First book I had read by this author. It was a fast read. cover on the book i have is different.
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2nd in a trilogy of books by Elizabeth Berg. Follows "Joy School" and precedes "True to Form". Another great read by Berg!
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This was a really good book, second in the series. Now to read the 1st one, Durable Goods.
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A story that tugs at the heartstrings.
Thirteen-year old Katie is new to her Missouri town, living alone with a stern, inaccessible father following her mother's death. Unable to fit in at school, she forges alliances where she can: with her housekeeper, with a pimply fellow misfit named Cynthia, and with the gorgeous Taylor; who gets her kicks out of shoplifting. Most frustrating of all is Katie's imperfect friendship with the proprietor of a local gas station, a handsome 23-yr old who shares her love of checkers but doesn't return her crush. With humor and an eye for telling detail, Berg conveys the way each unpromising element of Katie's life ultimately offers her more than she had anticipated.
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Delightful coming of age story.
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My daughter loved this book.
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I have two copies of this and am currently reading the other. So far it is enjoyable, as I have found all of her books that I have read to be!