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FOR KEEPS by Natasha Friend

FOR KEEPS

By Natasha Friend

Age Range: 14 & up

Pub Date: April 6th, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-670-01190-2
Publisher: Viking

Having been deserted by her father before she was born, Josie fears abandonment and heartbreak. Her mother fuels this fear with her own reluctance to pursue relationships. Luckily Josie’s best friend, Liv, encourages her to make connections with her family and with the very cute and enigmatic Matt. When the parents of Josie’s estranged father move back to the area, Josie forges a friendship with her grandfather that gives her some insight into her roots. A tragedy brings the truth about Josie’s family to light and provides an unexpected opportunity to forge new relationships. Believable characters and smart dialogue make this story both memorable and entertaining. Fast-paced and full of little twists, Josie’s story is a sweet and savvy coming-of-age tale. The story is only slightly marred by its unfortunately saccharine ending, in which everything conveniently works out for the best. Readers will root for Josie and Matt’s budding romance, sympathize with the difficulties surrounding unconventional families and be inspired by Liv’s honesty and quirkiness. Hopeful and endearing. (Fiction. 14 & up)