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For Keeps

5 Ratings: 4.0
A book by Natasha Friend

Grade 7 Up—Josie's junior year is more eventful than she had expected. While navigating her first serious romance, she must come to terms with the fact that her mother has a boyfriend for the first time in 16 years. Josie has never known her … see full wiki

Author: Natasha Friend
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
5 reviews about For Keeps
review by . September 04, 2010
   From the moment I opened to the first page of For Keeps, I instantly knew  I was going to love this book.  Told through Josie's perspective - with a fresh, young voice, we learn of her relationship with her young mother - who is as much a parent as a best friend.  Josie and her mother, Kate, are as close as a mother and daughter can get.  It has always been the two of them against the world -but when Kate suddenly becomes interested in a man, the close-knit …
review by . April 10, 2010
For Keeps is sweet, thoughtful, and realistic.    For Keeps delivers a tale about Josie, her mother Kate, and all of the relationships that touch their lives. For Josie, Kate is the only parent she's ever known, and she likes it that way. They have such a unique relationship, and it's absolutely refreshing (to begin with, anyway). Josie keeps people at an arms distance, especially boys like Matt, who seems to be quite interested in her. You can't really blame her though, since …
review by . April 12, 2010
It's always been just Josie and her mom Kate, and that's the way Josie likes it. For the most part, Kate is the best mom and friend a girl could ever want. But the second anyone from Kath's high school years shows up, she loses control, still stinging from the embarrassment of being a pregnant teen. So when Josie and Kate run into the parents of Paul Tucci when shopping, Kate predictably freaks out, even more so more so usual because Paul Tucci was Kate's high school boyfriend, the guy who knocked …
review by . April 06, 2010
Josie Gardner lives with her single mother Kate, who gave birth to her when she was only sixteen. Josie and Kate are close, more like sisters than mother and daughter, and Josie is used to her mother avoiding people from her high school and acting like a teenager herself at times. But then one night, Kate spots the parents of Paul Tucci, Josie's father, and she unravels. Paul has never contacted Kate or Josie since he moved to Arizona with his family before Josie was born, but now with his parents …
review by . April 06, 2010
As many of you know, I rarely rate a book 5 stars. However, everything I have ever read by Natasha Friend has always been top notch and For Keeps is another winner.     Natasha Friend writes YA, but she also tends to write YA with a conscience and a message.     In For Keeps, Friend does not stray away from the difficult subject matter of teen pregnancy - we find our main character Josie - she is living with her mom and they have been there for each other …
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