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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls

DiSclafani, Anton (Book - 2013 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls


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Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.
Authors: DiSclafani, Anton
Title: The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books, A member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, 2013.
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,24 cm
Content Type: text
Media Type: unmediated
Carrier Type: volume
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket.
Summary: Exiled to an equestrian boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment.
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ISBN: 9781594486401
1594486409
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Report This Apr 06, 2014
  • geezr_rdr rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Writing style draws you in, but somewhat lacking depth and insight. Sort of a cross between "Towelhead" and "I'd Know You Anywhere".

Report This Mar 29, 2014
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Interesting book. It takes place during the depression but the main character is wealthy. She gets in trouble at home and is sent away to an boarding school/ horse camp. The circumstances are revealed slowly through the story but it is a little predictable. I enjoyed the glimpse into that time and lifestyle.

Report This Mar 01, 2014
  • 117newport rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Starts out interesting, but my the last 100 pages it became predictable.

Report This Feb 17, 2014
  • emerald2pac rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Was a little too weird and depressing for my taste. That being said it sucks you in from the beginning with the big mystery of why she is being sent away. The book goes back and forth between the past and present and drags on for far too long. I wasn't a huge fan of the main character either and i doubt her supposed love for any horse let alone her own with the abuse she herself admitted to inflicting on them.

Report This Oct 14, 2013
  • Bearwomyn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Oh how I wish I had not read this book. Was it divinely written, eloquent, articulate and anecdotal? Yes. Quite. But it nicked pieces into my heart that I do not welcome. A story of a girl. A girl who wanted to much, who could not help whom she loved, who moved with abandon and instinctive passion. And all the punishment and loss that attended those choices. A story about how poorly girls can treat one another, about how society and all it's rules dominate without discretion. A story about pain. There is victory in one coming out the other side, in learning to 'own their own life', yes...but likewise there is raw truth in how these types of victories can leave one a lonely sack of empty bones, a shell, broken. I did not need be reminded. I am left pensive.

Report This Oct 14, 2013
  • Bearwomyn rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Oh how I wish I had not read this book. Was it divinely written, eloquent, articulate and anecdotal? Yes. Quite. But it nicked pieces into my heart that I do not welcome. A story of a girl. A girl who wanted to much, who could not help whom she loved, who moved with abandon and instinctive passion. And all the punishment and loss that attended those choices. A story about how poorly girls can treat one another, about how society and all it's rules dominate without discretion. A story about pain. There is victory in one coming out the other side, in learning to 'own their own life', yes...but likewise there is raw truth in how these types of victories can leave one a lonely sack of empty bones, a shell, broken. I did not need be reminded. I am left pensive.

Report This Oct 06, 2013
  • gracindaisy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

After a family tragedy, a young girl is sent away to a boarding school in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls, where she recovers and finds her true self. Stunning read; couldn’t put this one down! Recommended by NPR.

Report This Aug 06, 2013
  • jbaker0118 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

By far, one of the strangest books I've ever read. I was intrigued by the reviews - seemed people either gave it 5 stars or 1, and commented that they couldn't put it down or absolutely hated it. I probably fall in the middle, but find this to be a book with a MAJOR identity crisis. It is described as a coming of age and period book, but it couldn't be further from what I view as a coming of age book - it was dark and weird. It also was not a period piece - nothing in it really made you feel like you were "in" the period in which it takes place, or understand the lives of people during that time. The sex scenes were WAY too graphic for the type of book it seemed like it was trying to be. Like I said - major identity crisis.

Report This Jul 17, 2013
  • becker rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

This was worth reading but not noteworthy.I thought the plot was weak.

Report This Jul 15, 2013
  • wendybird rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

First off : disclaimer - I am an active horsewoman, having started at age 5... that being said, this is really less about the horses & camp than a Depression-era coming of age for twin Thea Atwell, alongside a devastating family tragedy. Beautifully written, tightly edited (yay!), I cannot not believe this is Disclanfani's first book.

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