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True to Form (Katie Nash #3)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  3,546 ratings  ·  228 reviews
From the New York Times bestselling author of Never Change comes a poignant new novel about a young girl making her way in the world. Abridged. 5 CDs.
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Published June 1st 2002 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2002)
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Stacy
I gave this a very rare five-stars. This book encompasses one of the sweetest stories I have read in my life. It is an extremely small book (a little over 200 pages) and I savored every page. It is written like poetry and the author really knows what it is like to be that little girl on the verge of becoming a woman. It details what is like to want to "fit" in - in such a way that all of us with those inner little girls, can forgive ourselves for the manners in which we behave. I found myself in ...more
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
If you're looking for something a little fluffy but well written, not shallow or sappy, I recommend True to Form. The book was written and marketed for adults, but I wish I could have read it when I was thirteen or fourteen. Maybe it would have helped me understand that all girls make similar mistakes and have similar "aha" moments at that age. Maybe I wouldn't have felt so alone in my dilemmas and awkwardness.

What made this book work for me was that I really liked Katie Nash. She's a very prec
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Ginny Messina
Elizabeth Berg is a beautiful writer--I've loved all of her books so far--and Katie Nash is probably the best pre-teen character in literature since Francie Nolan. Through Katie, Berg pulled me right back into the world of a 13-year-old. It doesn't matter that my childhood was different from Katie's in some important ways (she has lost her mother for one thing, and I also grew up a few years later), everything in this book felt familiar to me. The language is so lovely that I kind of wanted to s ...more
Mikkee
I LOVED this book. I have fallen in love with this author, but this has been my favorite read of hers. She effectively captured the 13 year old narrator voice and connected with me. It made me laugh out loud and it made me cry. I didn't want to put it down and couldn't wait to pick it back up.

What more could you ask for in a book?
Antof9
My first-ever audio book.

My first notes from before I finished: I have to write this down before I forget (the downside of a tape vs. a book you can flip through!) -- I thought it was such a lovely way for Katie to describe her stepmother: . . . the calm, pleasant look in her eyes a welcome mat for my feelings.

I'm through tapes 1 and 2 and have started 3. I would be further along, but my mom called me about halfway between here and Colorado Springs this morning, and I talked to her for probably
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Jonna Rubin
"True to Form" beautifully illustrates the small challenges and trials of growing up in one of the most realistically stunning novels I've read in a long time.

In this coming of age novel, we are reunited with young Katie Nash, of Berg's previous novels, who is facing some difficult choices appropriate for a young girl at the age of thirteen. While, as many have noted, we're not exactly breaking new ground here, Berg writes beautifully and with such authenticity that it's nearly impossible not to
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Becky
Have I mentioned that I love Elizabeth Berg?

I don't know why I never get excited about her books like I do when I grab some of my other favorite authors - because her writing is so completely alive it's fantastic.

This book in particular is about a 13 year-old-girl who is trying to find her way in life - and her thoughts, the stream-of-consciousness type of writing is so detailed, believable, and just a true pleasure to read. I would find myself smiling while reading the book, remembering the s
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Paula
True to Form was fantastic...one of my all time favorites. This book was written so wonderfully that I could have pulled a favorite quote from almost every page. This isn't the type of story that you read just to see what happens. It was like experiencing the world through the eyes of Katie Nash. The reader just lived in the moment right along with her. Throughout the book, Katie is noticing the actions and emotions of the adults in her life as she, herself, is growing into a young woman. Her ob ...more
Tara
This lacked the power of the first two in the series, and I was disappointed that the third book took off in the same time period as the second. I was expecting the third to be a flash forward and a wrap-up of Katie as a young adult. Still, well-written and loved the scenes with an elderly couple. And I do love the character and wish we could see her as an adult. But Durable Goods is the best of the three.
Manda
This is a sweet book. It is about a 13 1/2 year old girl's Summer holidays, and her hopes, dreams, longings, friendships, disappointments etc. Berg's fluid writing is so effortless to read that the book just flows by. I read this novel in one day - half on the ferry to Guernsey and half on the way back.

I can't say that I thought much about it whilst in Guernsey though, nor that thoughts have popped up in my head about the book since reading it.
Etherealfire
Hardcover Library Book. Elizabeth Berg never disappoints. The 3rd installment of of the Katie Nash Books just might be the best one, though I still haven't read Joy School - the library does not have a copy of it, so I may just have to break down and get it for my kindle. Although I don't like to read books out of sequence, this book didn't really seem to need the middle one much, for context. Katie is as always, an authentic old soul at 13 1/2. That's not to say she's perfect, but she masters e ...more
Joan
This book has the most beautiful language in it! The use of description creates word pictures that are memorable. I could have used this one for teaching writing in school, however, the content is actually written for adults. The main character is a teen, but my friends and I agreed that is an adult book.
Kim Villarreal
These three books have meant so much to me. I think Katie is the girl I have always wanted to be but never quite had the nerve. Reading these books made me want to go back and get it right, just to see where my life would have taken me.
Becca
Aug 21, 2014 Becca rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Independant book seekers.
Recommended to Becca by: No one
I don't have particularly anything to say about the book, it was pretty average and I wasn't that interested in reading it that much, it was just something to do to pass the time in the end.

The book doesn't have much of a story, just about Katie's summer, nothing that interesting happens in the book and I found quite a few spelling mistakes in the book which I was surprised about and sometimes a bit confused about what the sentence was actually meant to say!

I'm unsure of who to suggest this book
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Hannah  Messler
Nothing is better than Elizabeth Berg when the heart is wounded by fear-of-people and PMS.
Brenda
A follow up to a character Berg has written about before. Katie is 13 now and living in MO with her father and stepmother Ginger. Her dad feels she is old enough to have a job so he lines he up to help an elderly couple a few days a week and of course baby sitting for three boys next door. Katie doesn't want this kind of job but she has no choice. As the summer progresses Katie learns a lot about the two families she is working for. She also learns more about herself and her choices. How they no ...more
Yvonne Jarrett
This is the third book with the Katie Nash character. Katie learns a lot about people, faith, herself, popularity, and relationships in this final chapter of her saga. I loved all of the people that move around her in this book. The priest she befriends (even though she's not catholic), the older couple that she helps out several times a week (thanks to her dad), the family she babysits for with issues of their own, and her friends. LOVED IT ALL.

Love the quote "move our lives purposefully forwar
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Knitme23
I stumbled upon a reference to this book "The third in the series," and I immediately put it on reserve at the Library. I loved the first two about Katie (Durable Goods and Joy School), finding Berg's depiction of a young girl's maturation delicate and thoughtful, and loving the fact that she created a world where an old priest could be a strong, kind friend, and where a girl's crush on a 20 something mechanic could turn into a warm, loving lesson.

True to Form is another winner, and I loved it.
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Kim
Katie Nash is in the summer of her thirteenth year and all her hopes and dreams are dashed. I chose this book because it was set in 1961 and I like reading about things I can relate to. I spent a year being thirteen and also a year in 1961, though I was only starting kindergarten that year.

Katie���s thoughts and voice are enjoyable and true, though she has many more thoughts and more knowledge than I did at that age. I���m sure many girls were a lot like her. This is a story of finding one���s s
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Connie
Berg does a great job of delving into the mind of a thirteen year old in this coming of age story. The novel takes place the summer before Katie enters high school. While a lot of things happen, this is an emotion-driven novel rather than an action-driven one. Berg brings those warm, lazy summer days expertly to life. Friendship, devotion, betrayal, loyalty, finding one's place in the world are all themes running through this novel but you don't feel as if you've been beaten over the head with t ...more
Bark's Book Nonsense
I listened to this book as an unabridged audio recording. The reader does a good job of portraying a frustrated young girl on the verge of womanhood but I often wished she'd speed up the reading a bit. She . . .. talks . . . casually . . . with . . . many . . . irritating . . . pauses.

The story, as it is, is an easy listen. Set in the 1950's (or early 60's?) Katie is a lonely thirteen year old living with her stern father and his new wife (who is isn't the evil witchy stereotype for a change) in
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Audio book performed by Arija Bareikis

Elizabeth Berg returns to the story of Katie Nash in this third installment (after Durable Goods and Joy School). It is 1961, and 13-year-old Katie, having started school early and skipped a year is now in high school. An Army brat, she is used to moving from city to city, but her father and new stepmother seem somewhat settled in this St Louis suburb. While she still feels like an outsider, she does have a best friend, Cynthia, as well as a continuing relat
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Joanne
I found this novel by Elizabeth Berg to be a very well written account of a young girl sharing her ongoing thoughts with the reader, to be a refreshing read. She is telling the reader everything that goes through her mind as she goes about her daily routine, or her interactions with other characters in the novel. "That was the dumbest thing I ever did, and now everyone knows I'm stupid," type accounts. She lives with her step mother and her military dad and describes her thoughts and actions wit ...more
Sara
Again, not something I'd usually read, but my mother kept saying such great things about this book. So I gave it a whirl.
I really wasn't drawn into it so much, at the same time ... I was? It wasn't exciting or sensational or 'dear God I love this'. It wasn't amazing or life changing, it didn't make me forget my surroundings. I wouldn't go so far as to read it a second time.
Even so, this book was beautiful. Quietly, in its simplicity and honesty and trueness quote beautiful.

Often when I was rea
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Erin Christine
Katie Nash is one of my favorite characters. I first read Joy School when I was in middle school myself and read it again a few years ago. I finally got around to reading the next installment in her character's series, True to Form, and I loved Katie's voice even more.
As she ages and matures into an adolescent poet, Katie tells an honest account of growing up, making mistakes, and realizing who you are, inside and out. I'm never disappointed by Elizabeth Berg's writing.
Kris
4.5 STARS

"It is 1961, and thirteen year old Katie is facing a summer full of conflict. First, instead of letting her find her own work for the season, Katie's father has arranged for two less than satisfactory baby-sitting jobs. Worse, Katie has been forcibly inducted into the 'loser' Girl Scout troop organised by her only friend Cynthia's controlling and clueless mother. A much anticipated visit to her former home in Texas and ex-best friend Cherylanne proves disappointing. And then comes an a
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Kristi
I read this not knowing it was number three in a series. I fell in live with the main character Katie who is 14 years old and has a gruff father and a sweet stepmom. This book is marketed for adults, yet I wish I had read it when I was at that awkward age when you feel like everything is the end of the world. Needless to say I downloaded the other books in the series. Very good book.
Ruth
When I first picked this up to read, I read the flap. By reading the flap I discovered that Berg had already written two books about the main character, Katie Nash who is 12 going on 13. The first book was Durable Goods and the second was The Joy School. I thought that both of those books were terrific but this one was even better! Katie is living in Missouri where her father was transferred to from TX. (He is in the army.) In book one Katie's mom had recently died but by book three, Katie's dad ...more
Lorraine
The reader's voice on this audio book definitely reminds me of the reader from Sylvia Plath's book The Bell Jar, but I don't think that's the only reason this book reminds me of the Bell Jar -- minus the suicidal depression! The narrator's voice in both is similar; an observant, thoughtful, articulate young lady. Katie Nash could be a younger self of the Bell Jar's heroine.

It's a good coming of age novel, though a bit cliche in some ways, because it deals with typical teenaged friendship issues.
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Stephanie
I am sad that this is the final book in this lovely trilogy. This one was my favorite, but knowing that it was the end made it bittersweet. Katie Nash is such a wonderful character, so wise yet so vulnerable, all of the people around her helped to shape her into the person she was becoming. It's a great reflection on how other people help to shape us into what we are. The characters were warm and real and added to Katie beautiful development. Elizabeth Berg tells a wonderful story of a girl beco ...more
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Elizabeth Berg is the New York Times bestselling author of many novels, including We Are All Welcome Here, The Year of Pleasures, The Art of Mending, Say When, True to Form, Never Change, and Open House, which was an Oprah’s Book Club selection in 2000. Durable Goods and Joy School were selected as ALA Best Books of the Year, and Talk Before Sleep was short-listed for the ABBY Award in 1996. The w ...more
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