Well-written, even poetic at times, this young adult novel avoids all the clichés of the modern dysfunctional family genre. Without being predictable, it's believable through-out, and easy to understand why the intelligent, likeable, and grounded 15-year-old Yancy takes drastic measures to protect himself and his horse.
This coming-of-age story about dealing with an all-too-realistic and complex family situation moves along at a quick trot, skillfully creating memorable characters and adventures along the journey.
The journalistic format, including a very cool hand-written style font, ink drawings, and page scribbles, suspended disbelief from page 1. I almost felt I was invading the private thoughts of a protagonist that even I, a 50 year old woman, could easily relate to. I highly recommend Riding Invisible for all male and female readers 13 or older, and a must-read for teen (and adult) horse-lovers.