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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls Paperback – June 3, 2014
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Then Thea disgraces and shames her family, so they send her away to North Carolina to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for girls, a respite for young Southern girls. Author Anton DiSclafani expertly tells this tale in the past (in Florida) and the present (the camp), seamlessly weaving the two back and forth. We don't find out what Thea did to deserve to be fully shunned by her family until well into the book, making it a juicy page-turner.
Thea is a complicated character. While some may dislike her, I found her fascinating as she attempts to figure out who she is and how she wants to live her life. She is fiercely independent during a time when this was perceived to be a character flaw in a young woman. But she is also selfish and caught up in a scandalous life of her own making. The subsequent secrets she must keep isolate her more fully and with more emotional pain than any shunning could do. Highly recommended!
Thea Atwell reminded me somewhat of my experience when I got sent away to Interlochen Michigan although I did not have any type of boyfriend thing going on there. I loved the fact that it brought back memories of sharing the cabin with other girls and being around all the newness of the camp. I was the same age as Thea as well.
I felt like the author rushed at the end of the book without giving the reader a direct ending. She mentioned Thea losing a baby. I would have liked to have known where she was actually sent in the Northeast and whom she ended up with. The author made sure to tell about Sam and his future.
Her description of the character's environment and natural surroundings was very well written and made me visualize it in all its detail.
I hope she continues to write and if so, I will definitely read another novel.
Thea's flippant attitude about what happened to her what continues to happen to her was the most irritating thing about the book - she was there and bad stuff happened and she moved on. She never learned or grew from any of these experiences. I sort of struggled with what was Thea's role in the scandal - was she a victim or did she know the consequences of her actions and was a willing participant? I think she knew on some level, but a teenage mind could not understand the far reaching consequences and she was sort of a victim, her cousin understood more than she did and I thought a bit manipulative. However, Thea learns nothing and repeats her errors while at camp. Up until the end she could never see her part in anything that happened, bad stuff just happened around her.
The riding part of the story was interesting, however, it was unbelievable that she was as an advanced a rider as she was considering she had just been riding around her property in Florida on her pony - she had never had formal lessons etc. Hard to believe she was the best rider there.
Overall, I enjoyed this book. The story stuck with me, the descriptions were lush and beautiful and I couldn't put it down. I can understand why it is on many must read lists.
But then...woof. I wanted more character and plot development. Where was the coming of age in the coming of age story? The book really slowed down for me instead of speeding up. I appreciate this when there is some big pay off at the end, but I just didn't feel it.
I want to LOVE a character--or love them because I hate them, or hate them because I love them--I want to FEEL something. I had a hard time connecting or getting emotional involved.
This book made me think a big of Prep (which I really enjoyed)--has that same kind of coming of age in a boarding school vibe.
I give it 4 stars because I did enjoy it, and the writing was well produced (and who doesn't love horses?) but I feel a little cheated by it all. For some reason, I have the feeling that if this had been submitted to me by a creative writing student, I would write "Great ideas but keep going--YOU ARE BETTER THAN THIS."
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Not withstanding it was a good read.