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Joy School (Katie Nash)
Joy School - Katie Nash
Author: Elizabeth Berg
Winner of the New England Book Award for FictionKatie, the narrator, has relocated to Missouri with her distant, occasionally abusive father, and she feels very much alone: her much-loved mother is dead; her new school is unaccepting of her; and her only friends fall far short of being ideal companions. When she accidentally falls through the ic...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9781480501553
ISBN-10: 1480501557
Publication Date: 12/2/2014
Edition: Unabridged
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Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Book Type: Audio CD
Other Versions: Paperback, Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Joy School (Katie Nash) on + 113 more book reviews
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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Very nice story. I enjoy Berg's books.
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