Book Review: The Girl Who Ran With Horses March 24, 2011Posted by Jaidis in 5 Tree Reviews, Book Reviews, Jaidis Shaw Reviews.
It’s summer vacation and all 13-year-old Stevie Buckbee wants is to be close to her family again and to ride her horses–especially Jack Rabbit, her first horse all her own. But past tragedies threaten her plans before the summer has a chance to begin. Even as she discovers that she is somehow able to communicate with Jack Rabbit and the other horses on the family ranch, she finds she can no longer get through to her Dad and brother Blake. And what good is it to be able to run with the horses if no matter how fast and how far she runs, everything she knows and loves is lost?
The Girl Who Ran With Horses by David Michael is the emotional journey of Stevie Buckbee as she tries to separate herself from her past and the person she wants to be. After the sudden death of her brother, Stevie is shipped off to live with her aunt and uncle for the upcoming school year as her father tries to deal with the loss. Since Stevie’s mother had previously walked out of her life, Stevie is left feeling abandoned. But summer break has finally arrived and even though she is filled with resentment, Stevie is happy to finally be able to go home. She has looked into all of the horse racing events in the area and wants nothing more than to ride her horses again and win some races. What should be a promising summer, quickly turns Stevie’s world spinning. The Girl Who Ran With Horses is a book not only about coming to terms with normal teenage insecurities but about accepting who you are, even if that means you can talk to horses. One thing I enjoy is reading books from authors who challenge themselves by writing in different genres. I previously had the pleasure of reading The Summoning Fire, also by David Michael, which is completely opposite of The Girl Who Ran With Horses. Which is a great thing! I have nothing but respect and admiration for authors who can successfully pull off writing in not only different genres, but in genres that don’t fit together. It’s like having a hardcore horror author writing a baby’s nursery rhyme book. David Michael has earned that respect and admiration as The Girl Who Runs With Horses is a delightful young adult book and one that I will gladly allow my daughter to read. Well, after she learns to read of course :)