Posted by: yui89m | February 4, 2011

Deep and Simple

Violence, family love, and growing up. If you’re looking for a deep but simple book, Durable Goods by Elizabeth Berg is the most suitable for you.

The story starts off with the main topic of the story, the abusive father hurting his daughter. The main character Katie is a twelve years old girl who is going through adolescent agonies. She is starting to have interest in boys and fashion, and has a crush on her sister’s boyfriend. However when she gets home, her sister is hardly at home and violence is waiting from her father. It became worse after their mother, the only person who understood each family member’s feeling, died. The way Katie tries to overcome these problems catches all readers.

Violence from a family member is not a familiar topic to me, but this book has other topics like the various troubles that everyone goes through when growing up. I felt sympathy towards Katie’s feeling when she tries to copy her older sister and wants to stand on her own feet but at the same time, she wants to be taken care of. Katie bumps into many other obstacles such as getting in a fight with her best friend and facing her mother’s death.

I suggest reading it from the Father’s side, to get a different point of view. Throughout the book, the father is thought as the vicious and selfish character because of his repeating violence toward his daughters. However, readers start to figure about his hardships in his army and in his childhood. Readers our age tend to stand on Katie’s side but by considering the father’s feelings, I was able to think deeper about family love.

This book is a real page turner. Katie’s actions make readers get into the story as if you are one of the characters in the book. You constantly want to know what is going to happen next, especially in the climax of the story. There are many contents of the story that readers can relate to and there are also lessons we can learn from the book.



  1. This book seems like a good book. I feel very sorry for Katie, because she is only twelve years old, but is having lots of bad things happen to her. It’s sad that her father keeps repeating violence. I don’t read these kind of books a lot, so I would like to read it. I also want to read the Father’s side, to get a different point of view.

  2. Reading the first part of the paragraph, it made me want to read the book. I’m not familiar with books about domestic violence and it makes me hesitatant to read it, but this one sounds really interesting and I think it’s good to start facing facts and know that there are children who are mistreated by their family members. I’ve tried reading other books by different authors about child abuse, but they weren’t page-turners, so I haven’t finished reading them. I hope this one is a page turner and just reading your entry made me interested!

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