- Paperback: 214 pages
- Publisher: Perfect Bound Marketing (August 1, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 193961435X
- ISBN-13: 978-1939614353
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 19 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,353,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rules for Riders Paperback – August 1, 2014
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I didn't finish the book. I don't think I made it even halfway through. When they were able to convince the school that all 4 of them were sick the ran off to New York City, that was bad enough, but when they throw a party a drug dealers show up with guns and start threatening people, it lost allllll sense of realism.
The plot, or lack thereof… The book is NOT about a girl or woman passionate about horses. It is about a stuck up brat who squanders every opportunity she is given. She hooks up with the first boy she meets at boarding school, tolerates a “friend” who maliciously harms two classmates (then is shocked when the “friend” then harms her), and goes to the Caribbean with a complete stranger (an older male), only to find that he is a drug lord and he plies her with both uppers and downers. Yes, there are some chapters when she is riding a horse, but the book in no way conveys the work that goes into training an Olympic-caliber horse and rider. And to repeatedly have young adult amateurs beating Olympic champions… need I say more?
The prose… Even considering that this book is targeted to “young adults,” the writing style is choppy and very difficult to read. The author’s word selection leaves a lot to be desired, including having the “macho male” father “shriek” on page one. And I’m still not sure how a horse can have “four white socks on his hind legs” (also on page one). My horses have two hind legs, with one sock on each.
I read the book to the end, hoping that there was a plot line that I missed. The only redeeming quality about this book is that it is short, so the pain was over quickly.
There are many other high quality books about young girls/women and horses. Don't waste your time or money on this one.
This book was a wonderful look into the world of prestige and show-horsemanship. Just as the world of horse-racing has its dark side, show horsemanship does as well. After a headstrong Bebe goes against her father’s wishes and takes the not-quite broken horse, King out, she predictably suffers a horrendous accident which leaves her almost dead. Typically, her parents freak and send her off to boarding school. As a parent, I don’t understand her parents’ logic….my daughter has just suffered a near death tragedy, let’s ship her off to where she won’t be under our guidance. Makes no sense to me, but who am I to understand the overly-privileged?
So now, she meets up with another competitive horse rider, and they decide the only way they can get back into the circuit is to get kicked out of school. And it works wonders! They both manipulate their parents into letting them back into the showmanship circuit, thusly rewarding their bad behavior.
A tragedy once more ensues, and Bebe is thrown into a deep depression causing her to make some of the worst decisions of her life, but then what else is new? Bebe seems to be a spoiled little brat who is just so used to getting her way that she will do whatever it takes to get it, and when she finds herself in a situation way over her head, she turns to the one person she seems to dislike the most.
Overall, this is a great book, but I can’t get past the privilege and snobbery that I see in Bebe and Finn. They seem to perpetuate their own problems.
Bebe was a horse fanatic and when it came to buying her own, it took some fast-talking to convince her dad into allowing her to have the one she wanted. When Billy offered to train her she jumped at the chance and soon the highly-strung horse and Bebe became good friends. Out riding one day Billy encouraged Bebe to take a risk and jump the swelling river, unfortunately the horse became spooked and threw her leaving her unconscious with a dislocated shoulder. Angry and concerned, Bebe’s father decides to send her to boarding school but this opens up a whole new world to Bebe, and more problems for her father than a simple riding accident.
Bebe’s father was a bit of a dick to be honest, when his son was bullied, he just sent him to boarding school, and when Bebe had a riding accident, his answer to that was also to send her to boarding school? Very strange parenting choices to me! I’m not surprised that Bebe ended up in some of the trouble she did...though I think some of it was rather extreme. Palming your children off on someone else is a sure way to alienate them and cause them to feel angry and unwanted so for them to rebel shouldn’t be a huge surprise.
I think when Natalie began to write Rules for Riders she had 101 ideas and figured she would put them all down in this one story. So many things happen that you don’t have chance to settle into or digest one thing before the next issue comes along. It’s a very busy book that could do with slowing down and maybe thinning out on the dramas, it isn’t relaxing to read your way through a garbled and rushed story and it wasn’t helped by the fact that it was written in first person present tense, that in itself is a format that irritates me. What is wrong with plane old third person past tense? Or even first person PAST tense? Present tense is just so bleugh……..there is a reason it isn’t the most common way to write!
Rule for Riders is a YA, coming of age drama, and perhaps the target audience will be more excited and intrigued by the goings on than I was because for me it was all just a little too much and too unbelievable.
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