For Keeps

For Keeps

by Natasha Friend

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For Keeps by Natasha Friend

For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It's been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that's how Josie likes it. Until one day, they find out that Paul Tucci, Kate's high school boyfriend-the father Josie has never met-is back in town. Josie's mom suddenly turns back into the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie's on the verge of having her first real boyfriend. And when Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci and the past, she begins questioning what she thought she knew, and finds out what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142418468
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/28/2011
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 886,142
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Natasha Friend was born to an English professor father and a poet/actress mother. She was raised in a house without a television. At the time, she thought this was the worst form of child abuse. Now, she understands the method to her parents’ madness: they wanted her to be a reader. Spending most of her childhood at the Hamilton Public Library, Natasha found her mecca, the young-adult section, and her hero, Judy Blume. She, too, wanted to write stories about girls who felt alone. Girls whose parents were screw-ups. Girls with spunk and spirit and resolve.

Natasha began dictating stories to her father, who typed them up on his 1930’s Remington typewriter. Most involved rainbows, unicorns, and poor orphan girls discovering treasure. She knew she was supposed to be a writer in seventh grade, when a sweet boy gave her a love poem and she felt compelled to correct it for syntax and rhyme scheme. Today, Natasha is the award-winning author of Perfect, Lush, Bounce, For Keeps, and My Life in Black and White. When she isn’t writing, she is building forts and making chocolate-chip pancakes. Natasha lives on the Connecticut shoreline with her husband, three children, and dog, Beckett.

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Fast-paced and full of little twists, Josie+s story is a sweet and savvy coming-of-age tale. Hopeful and endearing." -Kirkus

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For Keeps 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Cougar_H More than 1 year ago
The story For Keeps by Natasha Friend is a book that tells a fresh, funny, and smart story about what happens when girl gets the guy of her dreams and a dad she never knew she needed. The main characters are a 16 year old girl named Josie, her strong, beautiful, and young mother Kate, and her unique and bold best friend Liv. The story takes place in the month of August before school starts and many months through out the school year. When Josie starts school her life is almost perfect, she has a job, a best friend, plays soccer, and has a wonderful mother. The only thing she doesn't have is the boy she has always wanted and a father. On the last friday of august before the new school year Josie and her mom Kate are at Shop-Co to get groceries when her mom sees her ex boyfriend from high school (also Josie's father)'s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Tucci. During the book Josie finds love, her father and a lot more reasons to be happy. This book spoke to me as a person because I know if my father was not there for the first sixteen years of my life I probably would have acted the same way Josie did. I think the author's purpose of writing this book was to reach out to younger teenage readers like me and maybe try and relate to some of our stories. I think the moral of this story is to always be true to yourself and that everything will work out in the end. From this book i learned to be thank full for what I have, like my family, because some people don't have all that I do. If you are someone who likes to read about fun loving books and heartwarming stories, I recommend this book to you.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book and it was sooo good that I read it 3 TIMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ITS OFFICIALLY MY FAVE BOOK OF ALL TIME! I LOVE ALL THE ROMANCE!!!! NATASHA FRIEND IS MY FAVE AUTHOR EVAAAAA!!!!!!! WISH I COULD GIVE IT................. INFINITY STARS!!!!!!!
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I really enjoyed this book because of the cute moments between josie and her bf :P
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge fan of Natasha Friends books and when i read the sample of this book I was excited to buy it. Friend has written 4 books including this one, they are all unique. Many authors who write more than one book continue to keep the same trends but Natasha Friend has consistant new ideas that keep the reader interested. Books like Friends are the reason I actually read. Natasha Friend is helping millions of kids actually enjoy reading books and I just had to let you know how good of an author she really is!!!
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Riley Hughes More than 1 year ago
This was a good book! Gilmore Girls is my all time favorite tv show, so when i saw this book being compared to it i was so exicted! I was a little let down by this book but only because i excpeted to much!
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GilmoreGirlFanatic More than 1 year ago
When I read the first five words of the Publisher's review online below the book info I was a goner for this book. The first five words were "Just like the Gilmore Girls". I was sold right then and there on this book. To put it simply lets just say I am a Gilmore Girls FANATIC! So, if you like me are a crazy fan of GG pick up this book!!!
mkmtt More than 1 year ago
Its a good quick read. Some parts are ...sort of predictiable though. I still reccommend it. ;)
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
I was really excited to discover Natasha Friend was releasing a new book. Many of my students have enjoyed her other books: LUSH, BOUNCE, and PERFECT. Now that I've read FOR KEEPS, I know they will love this one, too. What happens when you think that sometimes you are more mature and in control than your mother? That's how Josie Gardner sometimes feels. She and her mother have made it through a lot together. Josie knows she was the product of a high school romance. She knows her dad's name was Paul Tucci and that he left town with his family not even knowing he was going to be a father. It never really made a difference until one day in the grocery store. Josie's mother suddenly ducks for cover in the pet-food aisle. What is going on? Kate Gardner appears to be a nervous wreck as she whispers to her daughter that Paul Tucci's parents are in the store. When Josie takes a peek at the couple headed for the checkout, she suddenly realizes they are her grandparents. Now it's a matter of calming down her frantic mother and finding out what they are doing here. The mystery is solved by Josie's best friend, Liv. With a little amateur sleuthing, Liv finds out that the Tucci's have moved back to town. When Josie tells her mother, she's surprised by Kate's sudden lack of interest. Josie doesn't think there will be a problem and probably not even any contact between them. It all changes when her boss turns his mediocre ice cream parlor into a thriving little pastry/coffee shop. Josie's grandfather, Big Nick Tucci, becomes a regular customer. Again, thanks to her talkative best friend, Josie learns that Paul is the youngest of the Tucci's three boys, and he remains unmarried, working with at-risk youth somewhere in the Carolinas. Filled with mixed emotions about the possible return of the side of her family she's never known, Josie faces further emotional upheaval when the popular and attractive Matt Rigby makes it known that he is interested in dating her. It's almost more than one girl can handle. Natasha Friend's fresh, straightforward style makes FOR KEEPS excellent reading entertainment. Her use of humor, down-to-earth characters, and heartfelt relationships will have her fans cheering and any new-comers clamoring for her earlier books. I'm glad to see this new arrival and will be eagerly awaiting more to come.
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