File Size: 1487 KB
Print Length: 284 pages
Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
Publisher: MCC Books (March 20, 2015)
Publication Date: March 20, 2015
Sold by: Digital Services LLC
X-Ray: Not Enabled
Word Wise: Enabled
Lending: Not Enabled
Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Best Sellers Rank: #63,344 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store) #7 in Books > Teens > Literature & Fiction > Sports > Equestrian #11 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Teen & Young Adult > Sports & Outdoors #36 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Nonfiction > Sports > Individual Sports > Horses > Equestrian
Ok, it's not like I'm ancient, but as someone solidly into my twenties, I have been out of the "young adult" target audience for more than a decade now. Nevertheless, I loved reading this novel even as an "old adult," and when I look back on the kinds of books I loved when I was a young adult, I know this would have fit right in among my favorites. This book would have fallen easily into my constant rotation of horse books, surrogates for the horse I didn't have but also beloved for the characters, the drama, and the rush of the racing scenes.July Carter is a young woman just finishing high school with no major goals beyond riding the Thoroughbred horses she has come to love in the Blackbridge race barn and tracking down her mother, who abandoned her family in single-minded pursuit of success as a jockey. Told from July's first-person perspective, we get a well-rounded picture of July's life and cast of side characters, including the rest of her family and the frustratingly handsome barn owner's son. While July is mature and self-reflective in her narrative, she also is impulsive and prone to obsession just like her mother, a parallel I enjoyed following throughout the story. This is a character whose head I actually enjoyed being in, always intrigued to see how her path changes course during an eventful summer at Saratoga.That barn owner's son is a thoroughly-enjoyable romantic foil. In the grand tradition of witty banter, will-they-or-won't-they, Beck and July have tangible chemistry that encourages the reader to flip the pages faster to find out if a summer romance will figure in to their dramatic summer.
This review was originally posted on my blog CourtneysReadsI'm always worried, picking up a horse book. Being a horse person, it's always hard to determine which ones will be worth your time and which ones will make you cringe. This one I am happy to say, was excellent.Mara Dabrishus obviously knows her horses. I went through a phase where I was obsessed with Thoroughbred horse racing, so it was nice to test out that knowledge with this novel. The explanations about the tracks, the races, the horses, the training, everything was just spot on. And the writing was really beautiful. I was expecting this to read more like a middle grades book geared toward teens and adults (and don't get me wrong, I love well done middle grade books), but it didn't read like that at all. It read just like I would expect a YA novel to read when set in a horse world. I haven't had much experience with authors getting this to balance out well, but here it was excellent.July was an extremely likable main character. She was very mature for her seventeen years and her personality and situation were very easy to relate to. I found myself immediately drawn to her. Her love of horses was a refreshing thing and I loved reading about her time in the saddle and how much she enjoyed it. She handled so many stressful situations with just the right mix of teen angst and mature levelheadedness.The relationships in this novel were beautifully depicted. July's mom left four years before to chase her riding dreams across the country and hasn't been back since. The way this was handled was brilliant. Her mom just irked me, but I thought the resolution to the situation was very satisfying. And her relationship with her sister and dad were perfect.
Technology, e-learning and Distance Education (Routledge Studies in Distance Education) Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education, 6th Edition Teaching and Learning at a Distance: Foundations of Distance Education (5th Edition) IronFit Secrets for Half Iron-Distance Triathlon Success: Time-Efficient Training For Triathlon's Most Popular Distance Running: Distance Running: Improve Your Long Distance Running Step By Step Committed to Love, Separated by Distance: How to Thrive in Your Long Distance Relationship (Relationship and Dating Advice for Women Book 8) Stay the Distance Take Back Your Life!: Using Microsoft Outlook to Get Organized and Stay Organized: Using Microsoft(r) Outlook(r) to Get Organized and Stay Organized (Bpg-Other) Walk Your Way To Weight Loss 2nd edition: The Ultimate Guide On How To Lose Weight, Burn Fat & Stay Thin With Walking (Weight Loss, Exercise, work out, ... stay thin, energy, fitness, healing) Splitsville: How to Separate, Stay Out of Court and Stay Friends Too Good to Leave, Too Bad to Stay: Decide Whether to Stay In or Get Out of Your Relationship Finishing Strong: Going the Distance for Your Family Delivering Digitally: Managing the Transition to the New Knowledge Media (Open and Distance Learning (Paperback)) Run Patty Run: The Story of a Very Special Long-Distance Runner Who Lights the Way for Others Love for a Lifetime: Building a Marriage That Will Go the Distance (Dobson, James) Creating a Sense of Presence in Online Teaching: How to "Be There" for Distance Learners Introduction to the Airline Industry (IATA Aviation Distance Learning) Swimming the Distance (Jake Maddox JV) Long Distance Please: The Story of the TransCanada Telephone System Build Your Running Body: A Total-Body Fitness Plan for All Distance Runners, from Milers to Ultramarathoners-Run Farther, Faster, and Injury-Free