TeenLit Book Reviews

October 2000

Durable Goods

Elizabeth Berg

Durable Goods, by Elizabeth Berg, was about a young girl going through life with her abusive father and trying to deal with the death of her mother. The only two people who seem to care for her are her best friend , Cherylanne, and her older sister, Diana. Their father tells them they are moving. Katie and Diana can’t handle the abuse so they run away with Diana’s boyfriend, Dickie. Katie decides she can’t go on when they get half way to Mexico and she calls Cherylanne. Her father comes to get her with their new puppy along with him. They return home and move in three days. Unlike Diana, Katie finally gets through to her father and live with no abuse. “For a moment I see him as someone other than my father, and he seems so curious to me, and sad, like an animal wrongly tied up.” I think the author means that the softer side of him was showing for a moment. I really enjoyed reading this book but I think it could have been a little more exciting. This story is mainly about dealing with life. If you like books about life and dealing with life, then I highly recommend this book.
Reviewed by Kyla. Grade: 7th Grade in Worthington, -