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True to Form (Katie Nash #3)

3.97  ·  Rating Details  ·  4,181 Ratings  ·  272 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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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
May 20, 2008 Stacy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Ginny Messina
May 03, 2010 Ginny Messina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Khadija Masood
Feb 19, 2016 Khadija Masood rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
This book left me feeling warm and fuzzy all over. What a joy to read! I wish I had read it when I was a teenager. Berg expounds the complex universal truths in a refreshingly simple and unaffected manner. Loved her no-nonsense writing style. Don't be deceived by the simple prose though - this book is brimming with profound insights and lessons.
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
Mar 09, 2016 Emily rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2016
What a sweet little book. A little cloying, but only at the very end. A good random read. It kept my attention. There were no surprises, but I wasn't expecting any. A nice rainy day easy read between thinky nonfiction. The audiobook performer was good. Berg is a pleasant palate cleanser. And no, I hadn't read the other two in this character's series. I just picked this one off the shelf at the library because I needed an audiobook and I vaguely remembered reading another innocuous book of the au ...more
Dec 01, 2008 Mikkee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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?
May 24, 2014 Knitme23 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jonna Rubin
Apr 26, 2008 Jonna Rubin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Dec 28, 2009 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 10, 2013 Paula rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
True to Form was 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
Jul 29, 2014 Tara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 31, 2016 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Engaging, endearing voice of teenager whose suffered the loss of her mother (cancer), endures a seemingly, to her, distant dad, and a meaningful relationship with a step mom who LISTENS & HEARS...
Katie's beautiful imagery creates a meaningful and insightful coming of age novel. Warms the heart ...
Denise Westlake
May 10, 2016 Denise Westlake rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Every single thing can have such a pure beauty that it aches to be known. " -104
In some couples, each puts the other first." - 111
" sometimes I get this feeling of a wink coming down from heaven to me" -116

This is a great book.. the third in a series, but you really wouldn't NEED to read the others to enjoy.. especially if you used to be a young girl who TRIED to sleep through the night with rollers in your hair ... and who thought your dad was strick... and cared about what the cool kids thoug
Sep 24, 2010 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm highly surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. It's the only book by Elizabeth Berg that I've read, and I only picked it up because a neighbor pushed it on me at her garage sale. It's short (214 pages) and was the perfect take-it-on-vacation book. I love that she gets into the head of a 13-year-old, but you don't feel like you're reading YA lit. Berg clearly loves the written word, and her descriptions are marvelously poetic (but not in a "roll your eyes" kind of way). Why are people read ...more
Narrated by Jen Taylor. Thirteen-year-old Katie lives in Missouri with her stern military father and perky stepmother, Ginger. It is summertime and she looks forward to working on her tan, writing poetry and hanging out with best friend Cynthia. But her father has acquired two jobs for her: assisting the elderly Randolph couple and babysitting the three Wexler boys. Katie, upbeat and resilient, ends up enjoying both jobs and getting to know the Randolphs and the boys. With the help of Mr. Randol ...more
Arlene Allen
Not as good as the first two Katie novels, and while I understand the emphasis is on characters and their growth and development, there is no sense of time (1961) or place (Texas). A sweet read, a good choice for reluctant teen girl readers.
Nov 30, 2009 Manda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2008
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.
Aug 21, 2015 Andi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read (reread in some cases) the Katie Nash coming of age trilogy over the last 10 days. I felt in need of the literary equivalent of comfort food and Elizabeth Bergs' series total fits the bill. Tho Katie comes of age and is a tween about 10-15 years prior to my tween time, so much of it is a shared memory, the baby oil baking in the sun, the living vicariously thru a best friend who you suspect keeps you around for an audience, the adoration of the written word, inappropriate major crush and sn ...more
Jul 06, 2014 Etherealfire rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 21, 2009 Joan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sara Steger
A lovely, lilting book written from the view of a teenaged Katie Nash. I have not read the first two books in the series, but this one stood alone nicely. Katie is full of heart and hormones and struggling to decide who she wants to or even can be. Even at my age, I can relate to the angst of growing up and navigating the waters of many ways we are doing that all of our lives.

Berg's writing is sometimes lyrical stream of consciousness.
"I take in a huge breath and look at the sky
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.
Aug 21, 2014 Becca rated it liked it  ·  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
Apr 02, 2015 Joan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Berg is a favorite author of mine mostly because of her writing style. She has a very strong command of the language and is very precise in her word choices. This dedication to explicit communication makes it possible for a reader to establish a strong connection with the characters. This book should be marketed to teens - especially teen girls. I would love to have used this book as a teaching novel in the eighth grade language arts classes I taught for so many years. The "coming of a ...more
Margie Swanson
Apr 21, 2016 Margie Swanson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this author. She writes with such artistry. A young girl, who is a very gifted writer and poet, gets the chance to go to an exclusive all girls school. She finds that the very rich girls are nice to her because they think they can use her talents. She is nervous about fitting in and tries to disclaim her good friend who this group of girls finds unacceptable. This book is about making choices. It talks to growing up in the early sixties. She also befriends a couple who has three young boy ...more
Hannah  Messler
Aug 23, 2008 Hannah Messler rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nothing is better than Elizabeth Berg when the heart is wounded by fear-of-people and PMS.
Oct 04, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014-books
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
Aug 05, 2014 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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

3.5. I really think like many other reviewers, this would be a great book for young teenage girls

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 fou
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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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