For Keeps by Natasha Friend

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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, they find out that Paul Tucci, Kate's high school boyfriend-the father Josie has never met-is back in town. Josie's mom suddenly turns back into the heartbroken teenager she was when Paul moved away. Meanwhile, Josie's on the verge of having her first real boyfriend. And when Josie learns some surprising truths about Paul Tucci and the past, she begins questioning what she thought she knew, and finds out what happens when a girl gets the guy she always wanted and the dad she never knew she needed.


About Natasha Friend

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Natasha Friend ( is the author of three middle grade novels and one other young adult novel. The mother of three young children, she lives in Madison, Connecticut.
Published April 6, 2010 by Speak. 272 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Young Adult, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Romance, Gay & Lesbian. Fiction

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When the parents of Josie’s estranged father move back to the area, Josie forges a friendship with her grandfather that gives her some insight into her roots.

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The Washington Post

Filmed with crepuscular, underlit dimness and sloppy inattention to pesky details like continuity (look for the disappearing baguette, or Thurman suddenly disappearing from a park bleacher), “Playing for Keeps” is all the more shocking for its arrival during a season of such first-rate mainstream...

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That feature is followed by the Three Best Friends Song an extended scene from the film in which the three boys head to Mr Chow to return his money and collect their friend.

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