Book Reviews of Durable Goods

Durable Goods
Durable Goods
Author: Elizabeth Berg
ISBN-13: 9780380723089
ISBN-10: 0380723085
Publication Date: 5/1994
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.

3.9 stars, based on 95 ratings
Publisher: Perennial (HarperCollins)
Book Type: Paperback
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Great book and a fast read. I really enjoyed it and am now reading the second book in the series.
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Its been a while since I have read a book by Berg, and I had forgotten how much I enjoy her simple, spare storytelling.

Katie is 12 and lives with her domineering and abusive father. Her mother has recently died and her sister is 18 years old and in love with a neighborhood boy. They are Army Brats, traveling from base to base and trying to make sense of their lives.

Told from the narrative perspective of Katie, the book is sad yet hopeful.
Katie is a wonderful mix of that naiveté, hopefulness and sometimes insightful wisdom that comes from young girls on the cusp of womanhood.

With her mother gone, her sister self involved and an angry father, Katie has only her friend Cherylanne to turn to. Although a few years older and frequently holding it over Katies head, Cherylanne is a true friend, trying to help Katie maneuver through the minefield of adolescence. Also touching is the relationship of Belle, Cherylannes mother, and Katie. Set in the late 50s or early 60s it is clearly a time when abuse is never spoken of, yet Belle does what she can to make Katies life bearable.

A very short yet deeply touching read.
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Neat and well-written book that'll give you a lot to think about.
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Very Good , read it in 2 evenings.Couldn't put it down.
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"Durable Goods is a poignant and enduring novel by Elizabeth Berg- author of the New York Times bestseller Talk Before Sleep and Joy School- a masterful work that gently captures the subtle nuances of childhood's end...and the pain, sorrow and stirring hope of inevitable transformation."

Very quick to read, book 1 of what became a trilogy. The author couldn't let go of this character. I'm glad.
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A touching coming of age story, with a sweet, strong young girl on the verge of womanhood at its center.
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Loved this book and so did my 13 year old daughter.
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Elizabeth Berg is an incredible author. She writes with such passion about, Katie, the main character, that Berg makes you feel as though you are twelve again.
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Quick and interesting read!
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1st in a trilogy by Elizabeth Berg. Precedes "Joy School" and "True to Form". All of her books are great!
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The first in the Katie trilogy. Typical Elizabeth Berg - excellent
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A good, quick read. Great for flying!
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A story of loss, friendship and about coming of age for a young girl. A quick read.
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Very good coming-of-age book about a young girl
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Good book! It was a fast read. Just as good as Joy School which is the 2nd book in the series.