• Title: Keeper and Kid
  • Author: Edward Hardy
  • ISBN: 9780312375249
  • Page: 203
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Keeper and Kid Keeper and Kid is a marvel I dare you Open this book and try to put it down Ann Hood author of The Knitting RoomEight years ago James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston a sass
    Keeper and Kid is a marvel I dare you Open this book and try to put it down Ann Hood, author of The Knitting RoomEight years ago, James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston, a sassy pastry chef with gray eyes and a fierce attitude They got married, found a dog, and shopped for cilantro But conflicting schedules and a real estate deal gone bad Keeper and Kid is a marvel I dare you Open this book and try to put it down Ann Hood, author of The Knitting RoomEight years ago, James Keeper fell in love with his upstairs neighbor in Boston, a sassy pastry chef with gray eyes and a fierce attitude They got married, found a dog, and shopped for cilantro But conflicting schedules and a real estate deal gone bad took its toll on the twenty somethings in love One divorce later, the hand me down chairs were separated, the potato masher custody settled, and Keeper moved to Providence to work with his best friend selling antiques at a quirky shop called Love and Death.A new job, a new love, and a new life now in place, Keeper is in a comfortable situation Business is steady, Leah the new love is intriguing and passionate, and Keeper s friends always turn up for Sunday evening Card Night.But one phone call from his former mother in law changes everything And so days later, Keeper comes away with a son he never knew he had, and life all of a sudden takes on a new meaning.Leo, the precocious three year old who sports Keeper s square chin, is than a handful he eats only round foods, refuses to bathe, thinks he s a bear, and refers to Leah as that man For a guy who never thought he d be a parent, Keeper is thrown headfirst into fatherhood and has no idea what to do As Keeper and Leo adjust to the shock of each other and their suddenly very different lives, Keeper begins to let the people in his life in, in turns strange and heartwarming, funny and painful But some, like Leah, aren t so eager for change.In this humorous and poignant novel, Edward Hardy explores the depths of modern love, parenthood, and compromise Keeper and Kid is the story of how a normal guy receives an unexpected gift and in turn must learn to ask of others and himself A coming of age story for the guy who thought he had already grown up, Keeper and Kid is a sharp and witty account of what we do for love Advance Praise for Keeper and Kid A fine, fetching novel with a good heart Keeper is nimble and affecting, a tribute to the author s endless comic inventiveness Stewart O Nan, author of The Good Wife At once immensely engaging and about the things that matter most how we love, how we move on, how the past moves with us Lovely, wise, and surprising Elizabeth Graver, author of The Honey Thief Ed Hardy s voice in Keeper and Kid grabs you and won t let you go until the very last page Full of local color, bittersweet characters, and a story we can all relate to the day your past arrives on the doorstep of your present life Ann Hood, author of The Knitting Room

    One Reply to “Keeper and Kid”

    1. I hated this book and only forced myself to finish it because I kept hoping it would get better. I hated the characters, and the dialogue was choppy and annoying.

    2. Keeper and Kid was a very touching novel of a divorced man whose life is turned completely upside down when he gains custody of a son that he didn't even know about. James Keeper was a sympathetic and believeable character. He seems very human as he flounders about, making mistakes. Keeper finally learns to communicate with and accept help from those who care about him.James Keeper is a thirty-six year old divorced man who is involved in a serious relationship with Leah. The two just bought a ho [...]

    3. Soon to be made into an After Work Special for Gen Xers very soon. In the 2nd half of this book I could see that this author has some talent, however the first 50 pages of the book are AWFUL. He is trying to narrate the book from the POV of an immature 30 something (who we can already guess is going to mature because the writing is so forced). The entire book would have been better written in 3rd person. The only reason this book was a disappointment instead of just a bad book, was that I really [...]

    4. I was very interested in reading this book. What a great idea for a novel, I thought.The Keeper has a son that he was completely unaware of, he finds out after the sudden death of his ex-wife. I was interested in the premise of this book that I made a special trip to my library topick it up.I understood and sympathized with Keeper's feelings of being overwhelmed and broadsided but I have to say that after a while I was a lillte impatient. He almost completely fell apart when he found himself wit [...]

    5. This pulled me right in—highly readable story. It's perfect for when you've just finished up a very emotionally draining book and want something a little lighter and faster. I'd categorize it as chick lit, except that the main character and author are both male : ) My only complaint is that I was weirdly and irrationally annoyed by the attention to detail in naming all the children's TV that Leo watched, which seemed to be an inordinate amount of TV. It was very exact, as if the author was ref [...]

    6. It fit into a little niche of stories that I enjoy. Things where the story where a child or pets play an important role in the lives of people they are around. In this case, I found the story to be quite sweet and I adored all the little frustrations and silliness involved in dealing with something you just aren't quite sure about but are attached to anyway.

    7. I liked this book. But there were some disconnects. I never really liked the characters. There was not enough there for me to establish an emotional connection to any of them. It seemed like the author spent alot of time on scene development. But not as much on the character themselves.

    8. I do not like Leah at all and Keeper at 36 really needs to get a grip and grow up, but the book is a easy read and rather interesting thus far.

    9. A little on the predictable side. There were some funny moments; however, the main character was pretty shallow and not much depth to the story line.

    10. I liked this. The challenges of the kid rang true for me. I liked Keeper's friends. With the Love and Death store backdrop the scenery was interesting. I did wish I knew Cynthia better

    11. This was a good book to me because it hit on my fears (and I suppose fears of most of us) on the anxieties and challenges of having children. I'd imagine normal life of starting with the baby is much different than having a three year old suddenly in your life as this story. Many of the reactions of the lead character, the dad, were the reactions I would've had to this present world.

    12. Keeper and Kid I received my copy of Keeper and Kid from a giveaway back in September of 2009 and it has taken me until April 2010 to pick it up to read…I picked this book up from my giant pile of unread books thinking that if I read anything it should be this just to get it off the pile and out of my way. Little did I know what I was getting myself into. I started reading this on a Saturday evening around 5 pm and the next thing I knew I was on page 200 and it was 1 am. I got so caught up i [...]

    13. When Jim Keeper receives a call out of the blue from his ex-wife Cynthia’s mother, the last thing he expects to hear is that she is in the hospital. Jim drops everything to drive up to Boston to find out what the favor he has been told she needs to ask him is. A week later, when going to pick up what used to be their dog Arrow, Jim is faced with a huge problem that he was not expecting.It’s been four years since He and Cynthia divorced, a little over three years since he had seen her last. H [...]

    14. I walked away for this novel with mixed emotions. It’s a great story, none the less. But what was up with Grace? Why didn’t Keeper just say “forget you,” or a version of that, to Leah? Does Leo ever call Keeper “Daddy”?Well?As I said, none the less, this is a great book. It’s heart wrenching and funny at the same time. This coming-of-age, “hero’s journey” story was enjoyable, not like some I’ve read in the past. In fact, I finished it in one afternoon, it was that good. And [...]

    15. "Keeper" is a 30 something guy, job rather than a career, girlfriend, cool friends, happy with life. He is given 2 days notice that he has a son that he now needs to raise. The three year old is a result of a one night fling with his ex-wife. That ex-wife has died suddenly and put Keeper in the will as the one to raise Leo. As a parent, this is my nightmare. There is no way, a guy who has no preparation or interest in having children could have ANY idea what taking care of and raising a three ye [...]

    16. This book was an absolute delight. Set in New England, it is the story of James Keeper, a guy who works surrounded by rescued materials in a shop/salvage yard. "I love the yard. It's an entire world of saved parts and second chances." p.52That sentence is a window to the rest of the story. When his ex-wife suddenly dies, Keeper thinks he is going to pick up their dog, but finds out they have a 3 1/2 year old son. Watching Keeper and Leo navigate through their immediate future is funny and sad an [...]

    17. A novel that I grabbed off the new book shelf at my library. The story was pretty improbable - a middle-aged guy learns he is the father of a 3 y.o. when his ex-wife dies suddenly; she had been meaning to tell him about their son, but never did get around to it, and Keeper (the guy's last name) is the kid's new caretaker - with virtually no help or contact with ex-wife's family.Anyway, the book did have some pretty wonderful descriptions of the ways of toddlers, and how difficult it can be for a [...]

    18. I really enjoyed this book. While it has shades of Nick Hornby's "About a Boy", "Keeper and Kid" is more of a grudging love story. James Keeper is a man not ready for children when one child is thrust upon him. Edward Hardy writes compassionately of Keepers mixed feelings and complex reactions to his new position as a father. The ending feels just a little pat to me but then I really didn't like the girlfriend from the outset soybe it's just me!Hardy's dialogue is wonderful--he even manages to w [...]

    19. This book started out promising, then started to drag about midway through. I didn't fully know what it was about: a breakup, a kid losing his mother, an adult coming of age tale? It was an amalgamation of a bunch of themes that should have just stuck with one theme and developed it well in the entire book. Plus, I did not like the author's way of writing in a three year old's style. It sounded like the three year old has some form of deficiency in one area or another, which is fine, but not ack [...]

    20. I really enjoyed this book.I liked the fact that it was what I would consider a chick-lit book, yet it was told from the perspective of a man. I could really see a lot of the things in the book really happening. I could absolutely see a man who has no previous children taking the baby moniter away from the house and not seeing that as a big deal. I could also understand Leah's perspective. It would be hard to not want children and then to have your boyfriend come home with a child that is his. I [...]

    21. I have a coworker who passes out a 6-page, single-spaced family newsletter every Christmas, detailing each moment of his family's life during the last year. The entire first page is taken up with the wacky mispronunciations of his three sons, like: "Toot Berry = Tooth Fairy." (The youngest is now 9, so something is deeply wrong with these children.) Anyway, I'm convinced the author of this book wrote down every cute thing his own kids said, and then built a book around them. It's a quick, easy r [...]

    22. Quick read of lost man who co runs an antique store with his high school buddy. In a pretty solid 2yr relationship with an architect. Suddenly his ex wife dies and leaves him with a 2 year old toddler he never knew he had. book chronicles his journey toward becoming a father and growing up enough so he can become responsible. Fairly predictable. With a couple of nice quirky touches, the group of friends like to watch old salvaged slides of a family whom they make up stories about. Could have tak [...]

    23. Although it wasn't a book that 'moved' me (which is what I reserve my five star ratings for) it was a very cute story and a quick, easy read. I found the characters (and writing) to be very comforting. And as a mother to two three year olds myself found the thoughts/struggles the main character went through as a parent to be so relatable to my everyday life - and found humor in those things because of it.

    24. Couldn't finish this. Couldn't buy into the premise of a child being so casually passed from person to person in a family like this. Yup, characters silly and dialogue choppy and unreal. Decided to move on to better.

    25. Had a hard time finishing this book, though the premise was good. I felt Keeper was selfish, shallow, and stupid. I didn't buy his "I have a hard time asking for help" line. Really felt like you'd have to have lived under a rock to not reach out for help with a kid whose whole world has turned upside down - especially when every other page the character bemoaned how unfit he was to handle the situation. I had hoped for much more from this book.

    26. James Keeper finds himself the sole guardian of a son he never knew existed until the death of an ex-wife. Turmoil ensues as he tries to find his way to knowing how to deal with a 3 year old he never imagined existed. Live-in girlfriend leaves as she never wanted to be a Mom let alone to a child of an ex, too proud to asks for help, Keeper finds himself in deep trouble but learns a lot about himself and life in the process.

    27. More than halfway through review.Since I have already invested so much time reading, I might as well finish. That is basically how I feel about this book. For the most part the characters are unlikable, except Tim and Julie (Keeper's friends). So far not liking it. Update review when I'm done. ****************Finally finished. Didn't care for it. To many disconnection with the characters. I have a lot to say don't know where to start.

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