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Boring Plot + Poor Writing = Good Book? I don't think so...
on September 5, 2004
Ok, I'll admit it, I've grown out of that 'every little girl's horse crazy stage' so this isn't exactly coming from a horse fanatic. But even when I did like, no LOVE, horses, I never cared for these books. I always found that the books had unnecessary length to them which dragged out the plot. The plot was never too interesting, anyway. In this book the main character, Sam (who is supposedly 13, but having been 13 myself I know that it would have been much more accurate to label her as 10 or 11 according to her personality) adopts a draft horse to save from slaughter, but the new horse ends up causing havoc. Same old, same old. If Sam can't handle the auction block without chickening out and having to 'save' a horse, why would she go? Although the horse causes trouble in parts of the book it ends happily (of course.) Would we faint if a children's book actually ended unhappily? Some may say it's depressing, I call it realistic. So if your sick of the recycled plots, happy-ending, little girl vibe of horse stories, this series will be of no relief to you.