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True to Form

(Katie Nash #3)

3.97  ·  Rating details ·  5,227 ratings  ·  374 reviews
In this warm and engaging novel, "New York Times" bestselling author Elizabeth Berg revisits the heroine she so lovingly brought to life in "Durable Goods" and "Joy School." 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-ideal baby-sit ...more
Hardcover, 214 pages
Published June 4th 2002 by Atria Books (first published 2002)
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Jeanette (Ms. Feisty)
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 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
Jun 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Ye'Vell Hopkins
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh how I love Elizabeth Berg! She takes the ordinary, every day things, that we cannot put into words and turns them into spun gold. She knows the weight of our human emotions and how to bring them to life, through imaginative and beautiful prose. Her books are poetry, dancing, laughter, vulnerability, heart wrenching, joy, and so much more. I have loved Katie since she was first introduced to me in Durable Goods and I love her still! I would love to see Katie all grown up, living the life she h ...more
Jul 22, 2014 rated it liked it
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.
Ginny Messina
Apr 29, 2010 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
Jan 09, 2016 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. ...more
Barbara Nutting
Apr 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fan asked Ms Berg if there would be more stories featuring Katie Nash - so almost 10 years after Durable Goods, this book is her answer. Even though this is the end of the series, it left many unanswered questions. Maybe a Book #4?

Ya’ gotta love Katie, she tries so hard to do the right thing - not always successfully. Her bad decisions make for good moral lessons. I still think this series should be labeled Young Adult, because that’s who it’s geared towards. If I were a teenager I would have
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
Annie Payne
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was beautiful and touched me deeply. The way Katie describes our mothers as a luxury that we take for granted until they are gone has changed me and my outlook on life. My mom is by far no spring chicken, but she still has plenty of life ahead of her. I want it to be as happy as humanly possible, and that is my newest and biggest goal in life! I hope that there will be more from the Katie Nash story in the future. I have so very much enjoyed reading her story!
Dec 01, 2008 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?
Pamela Faust
Apr 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The perfect book for me today. Thank you, Jeanette! Katie is telling about her life as a 13 year old. There are so many familiar feelings to her whole summer that I just had to stop and think about all of the stuff that happened when I was 13. Here’s one: In the summer of my 13th year, my dad, mom and I were going to be riding in RAGBRAI. I was so excited until the day we were supposed to leave, I got my first period. On the trip to our portage area, I ended up making a mess out of my yellow sho ...more
Nov 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maybe even a 4.5

I had forgotten how much I enjoyed this author’s gift for the poetic. There were a few times the Katie is reflecting on life that it’s hard to imagine a 14 year old would be so “evolved” but it was just so darn enjoyable to read.

“I got tears in my eyes, but they were not the crying kind, they were just the kind that show you your body agrees so much with what your mind just said. (Pg. 18)”. See what I mean?
elizabeth roberts-zibbel
Apr 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: floof
Well. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Elizabeth Berg, and I do like her writing style, but this book really could be shelved in Children’s. Not even Teen, I would say. Katie is 13 and while many novels with child protagonists are decidedly still adult, in this one Katie has typical middle school type problems the summer before she starts high school (over a year early). Who are your real friends? What makes a good relationship between teen girls? or a good young / middle aged / elderly romantic ...more
Eileen Denette
Jul 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read all 3 books in the series about Katie Nash. I found the first book, although I enjoyed it, too depressing in large part due to Katie's abusive father.

I enjoy Elizabeth Berg's writing. Her attention to the way young adults think and talk in the era is impressive.

This book was my favorite of the 3. Katie made me laugh and cry at times. She is such a breath of fresh air. Her loyalty to those she loves shines through, even as she stumbles.
2.5; a little disappointed by this last book in series; was expecting more... maybe having her finally be a little older would have helped. this really felt like an extension of others rather than a final installment. still enjoy some of the characters though
Aug 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Excellent ending to the Katie Nash series! Marketed as “adult fiction” but I wish every young girl could read it. The main character, Katie, is wise beyond her years. The author, Elizabeth Berg once again creates a wonderful story.
Sep 19, 2011 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 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 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
Nov 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Nov 23, 2009 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
Denise Westlake
Jul 22, 2015 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
Mar 03, 2016 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
Nov 30, 2009 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, 2009 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.
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.
Jan 26, 2016 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 ...
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The big finale of the Katie Nash story. I enjoyed each of the three books and now I’m wanting more of the same. I’d love to know how Katie’s life changes as she enters adulthood. Great books and ones that I am glad to own and glad to share.
Hannah Garden
Aug 23, 2008 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.
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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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