April 6th 2010 by Penguin Group USA
Hardcover, 267 pages
For sixteen years, Josie Gardner and her mom, Kate, have been a team. It’s been the Gardner Girls against the world, and that’s how Josie likes it. Until one day, in the pet food aisle of Shop-Co, they run into the parents of Paul Tucci, Kate’s high school boyfriend—the father Josie has never met. If Mr. and Mrs. Tucci are back in town, it’s only a matter of time until Paul shows up. Suddenly Josie’s mature, capable mother regresses to the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie’s on the verge of having her first real boyfriend, while her free-loving best friend, Liv, begins yet another no-strings-attached fling. When Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci, she finds herself questioning what she’s always believed about her parents—and about herself. In FOR KEEPS, Natasha Friend tells a fresh, funny, smart story about what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.--Goodreads
I really enjoyed Natasha’s style of writing. It was easy to follow which always makes for a fun read. It was funny, suspenseful, and emotional. What I look forward to reading in any book is how the characters connect in their relationships and I loved the mother /daughter relationship in this book. It was heartfelt, open, and genuine. It felt believable and true to life which makes the story all the more intriguing because I know it is possible that this kind of relationship can actually exists. At times the relationship was strained but non the least you always felt how much they loved and depended on each other.
I feel like Jose is an inspirational character and it was a pleasure seeing the story through her POV. She is very independent, headstrong, and realistic. I think she did very well in dealing with all the changes and surprises that came along in such a short amount of time. Liv, Josie’s best friend was a total riot and was not afraid to voice her opinion about anything but she was a very good and loyal friend to Josie throughout the book. She was probably my favorite character in the book.
I was a little disappointed at the end of the book only because I wanted it to end differently but I truly had a great time reading it. I wish Natasha would write another book telling us where the story would go but I don’t think that would happen.
I would say this book is a wonderful read for adults and young teens of single parent household or anyone who wants to read a great story about dealing with big changes in your life while staying focused on the big picture.
" When you can see your whole life strechted out ahead of you and then one morning you wake up and you think you're pregnant and you can't see that life anymore, it's...I can't explain the feeling....But kate had to face theat, Josie--really face it, not just hypothetically. And she had to face it without a crystal ball telling her what would happen if she made one choice over the other. And maybe it made everthing worse."
I received this book for review via Dark Faerie Tales ARC Tours.