Book Reviews of Joy School

Joy School
Joy School
Author: Elizabeth Berg
ISBN-13: 9780345423092
ISBN-10: 0345423097
Publication Date: 3/24/1998
Pages: 240
Rating:
  • Currently 3.9/5 Stars.
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3.9 stars, based on 194 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
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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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Nobody does characters like Elizabeth Berg. This is a great growing up story.
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Very nice story. I enjoy Berg's books.
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Second in the 'Katie' series, I loved it.
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Good book.
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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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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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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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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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Very sweet book. I remember enjoying the main character very much.
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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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A very sweet, easy to read book.
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Kind of boring. Not nearly as good as others by her I have read.
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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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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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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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I enjoyed the book. I'm an Elizabeth Berg fan.
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My daughter loved this book.
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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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The second in the continuing story of Katie, a sweet, funny, endearing young woman.
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A follow up story to Durable Goods. Very fast read, very good
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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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good book
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I read "Durable Goods" recently and gave it four stars. "Joy School" is also a solid four stars. When the book starts, Katie is 12 years old and a freshman in high school. We learn that she skipped fourth grade. However, if that's the only grade she skipped, I think the author miscalculated. Most students are 14 when they start their freshman year in high school and turn 15 during the school year. Katie started her frosh year as a 12 year old and turned 13 during the school year, thus she was two years younger than most of her classmates--not one year had she skipped only one grade.

This book, like "Durable Goods," didn't have much action in it but it was a little more interesting than its predecessor--there's something going on with Diane, Katie's older sister, who ran off to Mexico (in the first book) with her boyfriend, Dickie, and got married; Ginger, the new housekeeper, becomes interested in Katie's dad and he in her; Katie develops a serious crush on an older man; and she becomes friends with Cynthia and Taylor, two very different young gals.

"Joy School" like "Durable Goods" was a book that I started one day and finished the next. It's not great literature but it's an easy and entertaining read and sometimes that is enough. I plan to request the third book from the local library.
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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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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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Delightful coming of age story.
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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.