TeenLit Book Reviews

October 2000

Durable Goods

Elizabeth Berg

Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg is a story about a teenager who has an abusive father and solves that problem by running away. The main character Katie, along with her older sister Diane, have been physically beaten by their father. With her mother dead nobody is there to defend them. After moving place-to-place, the family finally settles down and makes friends. But when the girls are told that they have to move again, they decide to take action. Along with Diane’s boyfriend, the girls decide to runaway to Mexico. But after calling her best friend, Katie decides to have her father pick her up. Although her sister and boyfriend move on, her father is forgiving. I think the author in this book was awesome. She had a good plot. But some words and actions were for more mature people. But how she described the characters was great. I recommend this book to only mature teens.
Reviewed by Benjamin. Grade: 7th Grade in Worthington, - Link directly to entry