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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.
Publisher: New York :, Riverhead Books, A member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781594486401
1594486409
Characteristics: 390 pages ;,24 cm

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A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "I enjoyed the way the author unraveled Thea, the main character's wrong doing which got her sent away to riding camp (suspenseful and witty). The message that parents don't always keep their child's best interest at heart is evident through Thea's relationship with her parents. Overall a good book, with strong ending and message."

Jul 07, 2014
  • Juliamomma23 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I was drawn in from the beginning. It kept my attention, and I enjoyed the time setting in the Depression Era.

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".

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.

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

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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