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Finding Katie: The Diary of Anonymous, A Teenager in Foster Care

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  429 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
This appealing teen read tells the story of Katie, a teen from an abused home, and her journey through foster care.

Katie is always surrounded by wealth, but feels terribly alone because of the secret horror of her angry, abusive father. When she's thrown out of her house and put into foster care, it seems like the end of the world.

But as she moves through the foster care s
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ebook, 192 pages
Published May 18th 2010 by HarperCollins (first published October 1st 2005)
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Eva Leger
Jul 20, 2009 Eva Leger rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Recommended to Eva by: me...of course
I couldn't finish this book. I got to a little before halfway and was so disgusted I had to stop. These can't be real diaries. There's just no way. I've always fought against that notion- I tend to trust people until I have a reason to lose that trust. But these books are all the same, the same exact way of using words, the same exact words in a lot of cases, everything is the same except for the plot. One is pregnant, one is in foster care, one is this and one is that.
One day the girls dad give
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Cabrielle Rudisill
I have very mixed emotions concerning this read, which makes writing this review very difficult. I really wanted to love this book. To begin with, allow me to give you a snap shot of the story. Katie is the daughter of a wealthy Hollywood couple who lives a relatively sheltered and pampered (albeit ignored) life until she gets close to her 16th birthday. Katie’s life then quickly veers off course as her father begins developing an unhealthy interest in her developing body and her mother grows mo ...more
Gabriellewilliams
now this is a great book. katie is.......sooo deep. her story is heart wwarming. Katie really changed my whole reading life. i am so happy I read this book.. Every-one can relate to Katie. This book thought me to be a better person. It really opened my eyes. Yes, there were drama, but it was real life, hard knock situation drama. Not like the supersituation drama. the drama is heart felt and will make you cry. the people she meets and there stories are just so true and brutal. i recommend this b ...more
Miranda Stephenson
Another good book that's hard to put down. Can be confusing at times. It's a book that reminds you to be thankful for what you have. When this girl goes through foster care she is still not treated the greatest by her "foster dad" I don't think I understand why all of it is happening. It's kind of like a love type story when she sees a boy, but of course she isn't allowed to be with him because her dad doesn't allow it.
Shyla
Jan 18, 2011 Shyla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
This book was "edited" or written by Beatrice Sparks, the same person who brought us It happened to Nancy and Go ask Alice. Supposedly she takes teens diaries who have been through challenging and life changing expeiences and edits them to publish. She has done several of these type of books and when I was a teen I loved It Happened to Nancy and Go ask Alice so whether they are true or not (and there is a big controversary over this issue) I think they are good to read. I was really looking forw ...more
Nasima
Apr 26, 2010 Nasima rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding Katie: The Diary of Anonymous

Have you ever imagined being abused by someone who loves you like a father?
Have you thought about how it might feel or what other children might have to go through everyday? What it would be like to be a foster child? Well Katie a 16-year-old girl has had a lot going through her. She is born around a family with wealth and luxury. Sometimes that’s not an easy thing. She goes to a catholic school and her life with her family isn’t that great. Her dad does not
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Felicia Jordan
Nov 30, 2013 Felicia Jordan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katie is a student at a Catholic girls’ school and living with her parents in a huge mansion, surrounded by wealth and luxury. Her mother is badly abused by her father, and because of her father’s controlling personality, Katie herself has never really been allowed to have friends, associate with boys, or do normal teens things. She gets excited about future possibilities when she and her new friend Jennifer meet two boys, Mark and David, at a museum, and secretly begin dating. Katie’s father st ...more
Dana
Jul 31, 2012 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, true-crime
I had trouble believing that this was a true story, or based on a true story. The main character, "Katie", is being sexually abused by her father, and when she finally tells someone, she is kicked out of her home and placed in foster care. For a girl who was "surrounded by wealth" and supposed friends, it made me wonder why she didn't call either her extended family, or her many friends and ask them for help or a place to stay. The fact that Katie "got lost in the system" was also incredibly unb ...more
Andrea
Jul 09, 2009 Andrea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lilmislovely345
Jun 14, 2009 Lilmislovely345 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this book was different.it was being told in the dairy of katie a girl who was a prisoner in her on house and i know what your thinking doesn't everybody who cant go to the dance say that, but no she actually kinda but not really really was she could never leave her big luxury house , i kmow who would want to leave but you would if you knew you could always come back to it. and she went to catholic school (all girls)she could not even have her only friend over for 5 minutes.after a while when he ...more
Christina Fernandez-morrow
There are some books that make readers think that anyone with a pen and paper (or computer) can be published. This is one of those books. The plot twists are abrupt, flat and senseless, even for a diary, making it hard to believe it is a true account of events. None of the characters are developed enough to draw readers into their desire lines. Written anonymously, it is very similar in style and tone to Go Ask Alice, which seems suspect that the writers are actually different people with such s ...more
Manoja K.
I used to read some of these books when I was in middle school and I loved them because of the message and how real they were.

But I'm older now and I don't find them as intriguing as I once did. I was a great fan of it, but I can see why some people would really enjoy this. I don’t find it a great account of what foster care is really like, but it's interesting to see how this one girl who was neglected by her family went on to take care of her foster-siblings. I like the girl in it and how she
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Karen & Gerard
This is a fast-moving book written as a diary of a 16-yr.-old girl who came from a wealthy family that was sexually abused by her own father who dumped her on Skid Row in Los Angeles to fend for herself. She was "rescued" by the Salvation Army and tells her story about being in foster homes and finally finding someone who wanted her so ends on a happy note. Even through it all, she show great maturity and compassion for the other kids in the foster homes she was placed in. She helped several of ...more
Yareinis
Apr 09, 2009 Yareinis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is about a girl who is having problems with her family.Her mom and her dad are having arguments and she almost has no friends.Then when her dad throws her in to the streets and she has nobody, she goes into foster care.Her new foster mom is really lazy,her foster dad isnt almost in the house and her foster brothers and sisters are so mean!Katie is alone and thats when she has to find her courage inside of herself.I dont like how the author wrote how Katie is always having problems.I li ...more
Amanda
Jul 02, 2016 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book brings up an important topic that doesn't seem to be addressed enough. Although claiming to be true, it is written as if it is fiction. Despite this, the emotional impact of what Katie goes through really hits a reader hard. Seeing how life is unstable and worry follows Katie is hard. It also makes a reader wonder about those in worse foster homes and how many are "slipping through the cracks" considering how many kids and teens are in the system.
I feel this is an important book for ev
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Shayla
Aug 07, 2009 Shayla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is yet another one of Beatrice Sparks's fictional diaries with angsty titles. It was a quick, easy, and utterly unsatisfying read. The main character flaunted her wealth, considered herself above everyone else, and complained about everything under the sun. And the characters Cha and Belva were entirely unnecessary to the plot; they were present for about five pages and then were never mentioned again. Overall, it was a horrible book and I was more than happy to take it back to the library.
Heidi
I read this as part of some at-home inservice training hours for our foster care license. It's a well-written,(for a 16 year old) horrifying glimpse into the lives of some children in the foster system. I am glad to see the way the system is changing and the improvements that are being made. No child should be treated the way the kids in this book are. It reminded me, once again, what a difference love makes. Loving a child is the best thing you can do for them! And time and time again Katie sho ...more
Laura
Feb 27, 2015 Laura rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I feel totally misled by this book. My library had this shelved in this nonfiction section so naturally I thought it was a type of diary memoir deal but halfway through I could tell it was fiction. :-/ So...it totally skewed my perception plus it was definitely geared towards young teenagers in mind.
Natalie
Sep 16, 2009 Natalie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
this book was very interesting. it definetally is better in the begining then it is in the end. its about a rich girl who got dumped on a street in LA znd she goes into a foster home and has a horrible time. it definetally isnt a book a would recommend. it also has alot of stuff about church and being catholic, so if you arnt into that kind of stuff then dont read this.
Jennifer Hunsaker
Purported as the diary of an anonymous teenager in foster care, this story is geared toward teens and I think is really just meant to start a dialogue about abuse and what happens after teenagers are taken into foster care. I finished it and thought, 'Meh.' It would be interesting to have a teen IN foster care read it and get their reaction.
Emily Young
I really liked this book, but I would have liked for it to be edited better. I felt like this book had many entries in Katie's diary that should have been edited out, because they didn't contribute to her story. I understand that it is a true story, but if it is going to be made into a book it should be interesting to the reader.
Kaitlin O
Dec 09, 2013 Kaitlin O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! Very interesting and very hard to put down. I lived how its actually someone's journal. It was really cool to get information you may not get elsewhere. I felt like the main character. It was very intense through the whole book. I'd recommend for teen girls. Enjoy!
Katy
May 05, 2008 Katy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those interested in child abuse
Eh. It was a super-quick, painfully easy read, but it contained a somewhat disturbing and sad message about child abuse, which is why I hesitate to label this novella as "children's." I finished this in one weekend, and it offered mild entertainment, so, I suppose, it did the job.
Ashley
Jun 04, 2012 Ashley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 11th-grade
I thought the concept of the book was really good because things like abuse from a child's loved ones happens really often but for some reason I didn't like it so much. I don't think it was very well written and I don't feel connected with the characters at all.
Andd Becker
Dec 26, 2014 Andd Becker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Teens will enjoy reading this diary of a confused teenage girl.
The editor, who also edited Go Ask Alice, explores family dynamics and abuse.
The writing is powerful.
Karla
May 03, 2012 Karla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
One word: Wow I mean wow I'm literally speechless. I was aware that kids have it ruff out there but I never heard stories like this. I admire how strong and brave they are for sharing there stories.
Bethanyh2o
Jul 15, 2008 Bethanyh2o rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is good so far.
t is about a girl who is in foster care.She gets thrown out of her house by her father.
Alexandra Garcia
I have mixed feelings about this book. I liked it in the beginning but as i kept reading i started losing interest. Thought it was going to be a lot better than it was.
Kimberly
May 27, 2008 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this book was interesting. I learned that even from bad experiences people are good and good things can happen when you keep your head up
Jess
Jan 06, 2015 Jess rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: foster-care
I have trouble trusting this author, and many of the events in this novel seemed far-fetched and too deep for a girl Katie's age to understand. It was a good read at the time but it confuses me now.
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Beatrice Sparks was an American therapist and Mormon youth counselor who was known for producing books purporting to be the 'real diaries' of troubled teenagers. The books deal with topical issues such as drug abuse, Satanism, teenage pregnancy or AIDS, and are presented as cautionary tales. Although Sparks always presented herself as merely the discoverer and editor of the diaries, records at the ...more
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