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What Katy Did Next (Carr Family #3)

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Published by NTC/Contemporary Publishing Company (first published 1886)
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Jan 03, 2009 Jae rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008-books
Yet another in the Katy books! What Katy did next was go to Europe on a trip w/a neighbor and her little daughter, in a travelogue written by someone who apparently hated traveling, which made this kind of hilarious. England is too rainy, I don't remember the problem w/Paris but it was horrible, Italy is full of fever, and they come home early. Of course, what Katy also does next is fall in love, although it's in an odd slightly second-thought way that I also found kind of funny. And, of course, ...more
Dec 03, 2013 Cat rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
What Katy Did Next takes us back to the adventures of the high-spirited Katy Carr. I don't remember much from the previous books, so I don't know if Katy is the oldest daughter, or if there is someone older. In this book Katy is twenty one years old, which I found surprising because I was expecting her to be younger. But anyway, in this book Katy is invited by her neighbour Polly Ashe to go on a trip to Europe, after Katy has taken Mrs Ashe's little daughter, Amy, in while Mrs Ashe tends to her ...more
This always has and I think always will be my least favourite in this series. Part of the reason for this is because the end of What Katy Did at School is so final it seems strange to rejoin her three years later, the rest is because this book is more mature, it doesn't have the fun and frivolity of the previous book.

I did enjoy this a lot more this time, I think it helps that I have now been to many of the same places that Katy visits - also I now want to visit places to experience the history
Naomi Sarah
Yeah, it was okay - I liked it. Some things made me VERY happy, but the general story and characters didn't really excite me. Some chapters bored me. But I'm glad I read it - I do like the Carr books. :-)

What I liked:
1. The beginning. It's so deliciously frilly and girly. Clover and Elsie sit in the blue bedroom, making a white party dress with frills on the bed. I JUST LIKE IT. :-P
2. Amy's dolls made me laugh. "No, don't call them dolls. They are my children." And their names are hilarious. I l
Jul 18, 2013 Dorothea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Jae Winter's review characterizes What Katy Did Next as "a travelogue written by someone who apparently hated traveling [...] England is too rainy, I don't remember the problem w/Paris but it was horrible, Italy is full of fever, and they come home early."

Quite an accurate summary! I think Susan Coolidge did like traveling, though -- I read all the miseries in this book as partly realism, partly warning her (wealthy young American) readers not to expect their own European tours to be completely
This is another one of my mother's books that I also loved as a child. I can't locate book 2, What Katy Did At School so I've gone straight to book 3 which takes place 3 years after Katy Carr leaves Hillsover boarding school and returns home to Burnet.

Katy cares for a neighbour's daughter, Amy Ashe, while Mrs Ashe cares for her nephew who is stricken with Scarlet Fever. After many months, a grateful Mrs Ashe asks Katy to accompany her and Amy on an extended holiday to Europe. What follows is a t
Sep 11, 2016 F rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rather get the feeling that as the first two 'Katy' books went down well, the author submitted to pressure from readers and perhaps from her publishers and wrote a third book. There are things that I liked very much:
The prospect of the journey is very exciting, but in fact, the journey itself is not easy and in many ways is difficult and troublesome. The little girl is very ill - but is her illness just an excuse to end the whole thing after 6 months and send everyone home and finish the story
Aug 19, 2016 Deborah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Note: mine is a late 1970s Armada edition - probably abridged, given Armada's track record - not this kindle edition. I've no idea why Goodreads appears unable to let me switch to a printed edition.


To see ourselves as others see us ... this Katy story takes her on a trip to Europe. Unfortunately she didn't visit my home town, and nobody I knew spoke with an 'h' in front of every vowel, so it didn't seem very realistic (although by the time I read this I had at least got the hang of the fact tha
Abby Chantelle
I like Katy's story.But the love part.Katy just like a unusual here.She does not have a feeling for boy?In young age(she is 21) every girl has some kind of feeling for a boy.Maybe they do not expect to have affair or a friendship.But they have their own feelings about love.This story is like Katy does not have feelings.Is it possible?And it's only show Ned's feelings for Katy.But did not mention Katy's feelings for Ned.It just like Ned falling love with a feeling less machine.We don't want to re ...more
Mar 19, 2013 Sue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third in the classic series about the kind and headstrong Katy, who is now a calmer young woman of twenty. She dreams of travelling to Europe, so is thrilled when a rich neighbour offers to take her there as a companion, and also for extra help with the neighbour's daughter.

The book covers their travels by boat and train, near the end of the 19th century, and thus provides a lovely piece of social history which was contemporary at the time. Katy retains her strong character and sense of justice
Hilary Tesh
What Katy did next is visit Europe in a book written thirteen years after the previous episode of Katy's story. Travelling with her friend, "dear Polly" and her often whiney daughter, Amy the book is such a travelogue that I wondered if the author had herself visited the places so vividly described - and checking her biography ( confirmed this was the case. The style differs from the previous Katy stories but the accustomed moral message is still there as ...more
The third of the Katy books and the one I remembered least from my reading of it in my early teens. Katy takes a trip to Europe with a friend and her daughter. They face terrible sea-sickness, bad weather, language difficulties and severe illness before returning to the US earlier than planned. However all is not lost as Katy falls in love.

While I enjoyed the book, I can't say I liked it as much as the previous two. It's much more serious and the moral exhortations are much more obvious in this.
Apr 19, 2016 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn’t find this book as compelling as the first two in the series. Considering that this novel told the story of Katy’s trip to Europe, I expected much more. Of course Katy described the sights as beautiful and wonderful, but somehow the words fell flat. I just didn’t believe that she felt it. It’s like she completely missed where she was, and instead was completely focused on her traveling companions. I did, however, laugh out loud when Katy got tired of making up stories for 8-year-old Amy ...more
Feb 26, 2008 Rachael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: any romantic-novalists
Recommended to Rachael by: myself
Shelves: classics, favorites
soooooooooooooooooooooooooooo adorably cute. (it is second in a series) Katy is invited to go to europe with her dawling neihbors and ocourse she goes. She takes care of the neihbors little girl and they have great fun together. Katy being the BEAUTIFUL young women she is attracts a "courter" or whatever they are called.. but she only interprets him as a friend.. until the little girl gets sick. Illness brings out emotion. Katy falls in love with the handsome fellow that I can't remember the nam ...more
Sam Woodfield
Again, this third offering on the life of Katy was much better as it shows how Katy has grown and developed as a character since the collection started. I did find this novel rather rushed though, and dont think it really showed Katy's adventures in their entirety, and breezed over some parts and places which could have really been interesting.

However, overall I do find it sad that this is the end of the Katy saga and that we will not find out how her marriage to Ned Worthington takes shape as
Dec 23, 2015 Tina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book because I'd seen it in many reading lists. Well, maybe its because I'm past the age group that this book is meant for, but I felt bored for most part of the book. The relations and the interactions between the characters presented in the book seem far too artificial. I mean I know people may have been more civil back in those days, but I don't believe in relationships with only love and innocent thoughts. If I had been to the places Katy mentions in the book, I may have been abl ...more
What Katy does next is take a year trip to Europe! After helping out her neighbor Mrs. Ashe and her daughter Amy, Mrs. Ashe invites Katy to join her on a trip to see different countries. Katy, torn between homesickness and adventure, agrees to go. Katy sees many interesting places and cultures as her bond with Mrs. Ashe and Amy deepen. Rose Red and the disagreeable Lily make brief appearances. Katy is her usual, peppy self and in the last chapter, readers have fun speculating what Katy is going ...more
Megan Anderson
I liked this book the best of the three I've read so far. It wasn't as saccharine and didactic as the others (though, it had its moments). Katy had a lot of snark for a character written back in the day; I particularly enjoyed how she "finished" her story about Violet and Emma. I won't lie, though--Amy was a spoiled little brat, and I probably would've smacked her at some point during the trip.

On the whole, an enjoyable book.
Another sweet instalment of the Katy books, this one was written some 10 years after its prequel, set only a year or two later. It tells what happened when Katy goes to Europe with a friend, set some time earlier than 1886 when it was written. As an adult, I most enjoyed the brief descriptions of places she visits, particularly Rome. While the Forum and Colosseum are each described in a single sentence, they sound so different to modern times. Time travel from the comfort of my own arm chair!
Meredith Galman
Sep 20, 2007 Meredith Galman rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: online
Typical girl's story of an earlier time: our heroine travels abroad, has a few mild adventures, nurses a sick child, and wins the child's uncle with her innate sweetness and worthiness. I'm grateful to Coolidge for the geographical and cultural information I couldn't have gotten anywhere else: who knew that that language spoken by people living in Rome was French?

May 30, 2013 Katy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sadly this was really boring compared to the previous books. Nice to see Rose Red again, but otherwise it was an endless list of things in Europe that are pretty and descriptions of an ill child complaining about being ill.

I did like the part where Amy asked Katy to tell her a story, and the story she told was "Once upon a time there were two little girls, and they were horrible smashed to death, the end".
Feb 15, 2013 Frances rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tween, read-in-2005
A classic that doesn't hold up as well. Recommended to me by my former roommate, but it didn't grab me. In this volume, Katy goes to Europe with a neighbor and her obnoxious (I think she's supposed to be adorable) daughter. They have adventures and *spoiler alert*

Katy becomes engaged to the neighbor's navy brother. 2.5 stars.
Jul 01, 2009 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-twice
I read this for the first time years ago so couldn't remember what happened. I was pretty disappointed at the end because the book had been building up to a point and when it got there it just glossed over it and then finished. I have now found out there are 2 more books in the series so don't mind too much.
Mar 16, 2016 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this Katy book just as much as the first and second in the series, although I was slightly irritated by the fact that Coolidge is very much down on us Brits (same thing crops up again in the fifth in the series, "In the High Valley"). However, I particularly enjoyed reading about the flowering of Katy's relationship with her future husband.
Sep 01, 2014 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, children-s
The story is great but... The edition I read (1994, Parragon) had loads of spelling mistakes and typos which got really annoying, for example, instead of 'us' it was 'U9' and there were random letters at the end of sentences and colons in the middle of words. I would recommend the book but not from this publisher.
Deborah Ideiosepius  omnivorous reader
I thoroughly enjoy this book, I like the other two of the Katy series that I have read, but this one, the third where you get to the the Europe of years gone by through the eyes of a young naive American woman charmed me for the first and it still does.
May 24, 2011 Lily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-reads, ya, historical
I don't think I'd ever actually completed this before, I certainly hadn't recalled how sweet the story of Ned and Katy was.
It was also nice to see the travelling party come so close to where I live, in their exploits around London.
Kaitlyn Wb
Apr 20, 2012 Kaitlyn Wb rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So lovely to revisit a favorite childhood classic and find that there were two more of them (free on the Kindle!) While predictable, I was glad to re-enter Katy's world and go through Europe with her.
Jan 26, 2013 Dianna rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of [book:Betsy and the Great World|7891]
I liked this Katy book less than the first two. It read as more of a travelogue than a novel, and not that much happened. It was still a fun read, but I would definitely recommend the first two books over this one.
Jul 25, 2014 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: librivox
Continuing with sweet and fun. This one was a little different because it's a travel tale about Katy touring Europe. I loved it because I've never been anywhere, but I imagine if you have been to Europe it would be just as charming by sparking your own memories. Also, the best ending line ever!
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Sarah Chauncey Woolsey was an American children's author who wrote under the pen name Susan Coolidge.

Woolsey was born January 29, 1835, into the wealthy, influential New England Dwight family in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father was John Mumford Woolsey (1796–1870) and mother was Jane Andrews. She spent much of her childhood in New Haven Connecticut after her family moved there in 1852.

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