- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: Amulet Books; 1St Edition edition (September 8, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1419716417
- ISBN-13: 978-1419716416
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 35 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,478,370 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gr 9 Up—Rich girl Lorrie Hollander's life comes crashing down when she is notified that there are insufficient funds available to cover her tuition at an exclusive equestrian program at her boarding school. She knows there is a trust fund governed by her maternal Aunt Gigi, who happens to be unstable, mentally ill, and unreliable. It is the same trust fund set up by her absentee mother, Danielle, who abandoned Lorrie and younger sister Susannah to Aunt Gigi's care for a new life 12 years ago. Lorrie has no choice but to leave her beloved horse and her top-notch education so she can return to the family estate. Edgewater is the decaying and dilapidated mansion where her aunt resides with colonies of cats and raccoons in a wealthy town in Long Island, NY. It is also a health hazard. While Aunt Gigi and Susannah are content with living in squalor, Lorrie is embarrassed and ashamed of her living situation. She meets and falls in love with Charlie Copeland, the son of a prominent senator. The teen makes every attempt to hide her real identity and ties to Edgewater from Charlie. However, she has no idea that the Copelands are hiding something that binds the two families forever. The pace of Sheinmel's YA debut starts off slow but picks up once the importance of Lorrie and Susannah's mother's backstory becomes clearer within the larger plot. The family-centered political drama will intrigue teens, who will especially appreciate the bond of the sister relationships explored here. This nod to Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale and Edith Bouvier Beale, who were the basis of the multiple versions of Grey Gardens, will inspire teens to do their own research on the enigmatic mother-daughter pair. VERDICT Recommended for readers who are interested in political thrillers and fans of the television series Scandal.—Donald Peebles, New York Black Librarians Caucus
"With powerful messages of family and self-reliance, Sheinmel’s (Sincerely) coming-of-age tale captivates with its masterful storytelling style and intricate detail."
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Admittedly, Lorrie, the main character, was a bit hard to like at first. But, here's the thing--I love me a flawed hero and I had a feeling she'd become more likable as the book went on and she did. I always appreciate when a novel immerses me in a world and Sheinmel wraps us in two: one of horses and one of lost privilege. The horse plot was richly developed and yet didn't overshadow the rest of the novel, or make a non-horse girl like myself lose interest. Rather, it left me wanting more in all the right ways.
As for the lost privilege world, Sheinmel reveals the ugly underbelly of both poverty and wealth--and the lies and struggles that accompany both. I loved witnessing Lorrie's journey as she slowly became more authentic and courageous.
Um, also I cried. I leaked real tears. And smiled that stupid grin when you forget that the characters' happiness isn't YOUR happiness. All the feels for this book.
Clearly, Sheinmel is a gifted writer with a talent for suspense and surprise, plotting and pacing. Her characters are real and full and totally worth knowing. Read this book. Now.
Courtney Sheinmel has written a book which I could not put down with a surprise ending I could never have predicted.
Suspenseful...the powerful plot is only enhanced by the intense writing. You must read this book! Kirkus called it "riveting and heartbreaking," and I couldn't agree more! Get the tissues ready! Bonus if you love horses. Do not miss this book!