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Horse Sense Paperback – October 14, 2013
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Plus this book goes on the bully topic, which I know well. I have had people close to me who have been through it, so it was nice to read how Jamie got over it.
And there is a horse! What girl doesn't like a horse? Though if you are reading this, only do what you have read if you know how to handle a horse. Jamie does stuff that I'm sure everyone wants to try. Thee are neat trick that I couldn't remember a horse doing.
Now I should really get into the book before I start my story about horses.....
So Jamie is this young kid who isn't having the best time right now, He's only 11 so his place hasn't been found yet. He doesn't dress all fancy or perfect like kids would. Used clothes aren't going to determine your place anyway, it's who you are that counts. Somehow people never understand that, no matter the age.
He has a best friend though. Large, fur, a tail, and really there for people, yep a horse! He wrote about his horse and how it's his best friend. Animals make amazing friends/family. They are there for you and won't judge you, which you can tell it's what young kids need. A kid is a kid, and should have fun. Not be bullied, trying to find their place so early, or trying to hard to fit in the crowds.
Jamie has a lovely story, and Lapo brings his story out and writes it perfectly. Capturing Jamie and who he is and what his journey will be. This is a really good book for anyone of any age to read. I think that everyone should read it and get the message that comes with it.
Since I know people who have been through this, Lapo did a really good job on getting everything put together, without over doing the subject or making it over sensitive for readers. I would read more books from this author. I give the book 5 stars
I should probably start with a disclaimer. I’m not really a YA fan. I’m typically not the EFC reviewer for this type of book, so I’m taking my best shot here.
What I liked: Eleven year old main character Jamie really figures out who he is and who he isn’t and ultimately stays true to himself. That’s a good message for kids his age because they really are trying to figure out the world and where they fit in.
I loved his relationship with his horse. I think animals make great companions. Acorn, Jamie’s horse and best friend, discovers the importance of trust and loyalty throughout this story.
It’s poignant. Jamie’s a bit of an outcast with his peers. Readers of any age can relate to those young, tender feelings and fragile relationships.
What I didn’t like: No matter how hard I tried to see this story from a young person’s perspective, I couldn’t silence the inner teacher in me who took offense to the depiction of Mrs. Ambrose, Jamie’s teacher. She is cruel and abusive to the point of being extreme and unbelievable. Seriously, I’ve read descriptions of serial rapist and sadistic killers who were more charming and lovable than this poor teacher. It was just too over the top for me.
So fair warning to future authors: If you send me a book to review I suggest it not include a bunch of badmouthing on teachers. That just pisses me off.
(Sorry. I had to get that outta my system)
Would I recommend it: Yes, I think young readers will enjoy this story. They’ll probably swear their teacher is as mean as Mrs. Ambrose.
Will I read it again: No.
As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews.
(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)
I felt that there were two main themes to the story: bullying and that animal/boy bond. It's sad, but true--so many people are, or feel they are, bullied. It's a real issue and I was glad to see it addressed in this book.
Jamie is a 5th grade boy (11 years old). That's what pulled me to the story--I have a 5th grade son, who is almost 11. That being said, there were times when Jamie acted (and spoke) more like an adult than a 5th grader and other times when he was just an average 11 year old. I missed the consistency of the character. Maddie, Jamie's mom, was the same way. She was very vocal and in-your-face when she found out her son was being bullied, but she wasn't able to stand up to her husband at all--not for herself or for Jamie.
I have no idea how things really are, but I found it shocking that NO ONE would believe Jamie about the bullying. He was punished when the other kids ganged up on him; the teacher, principal, students, and other parents were completely absent when things came to light. WHO protects these kids?! And how could the classroom situation have gone on for two years without anyone saying anything?!
I liked the persistence that Jamie showed in winning Acorn over and the ending was a good wrap.
Content: some swearing; bullying; some behavior that is best not tried at home. :)
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