Monday, April 4, 2016

That's NOT Hay in My Hair

That's NOT Hay in My Hair
Written by: Juliette Turner
Published by ZonderKidz
Price: $ 8.99
Ages: 12-16 ish

From Zonderkidz Website:
"New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom.  She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns and a cat...all by themselves.
Juliette couldn't help feeling excited, even though she'd have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service.  Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it's hard to believe they're for real--but it all happened exactly how it's written.
 Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lesson learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.
That's NOT Hay in My Hair is a fun book, probably MOST appreciated by teenaged girls.  In places, very funny; other places, tears FREELY flow, always showing the chaos associated with work on a ranch.

Written by the 18 year old daughter of Janine Turner, and based on her life, I love that this book might encourage young people to try their hand at writing a story.  You do not see that often.
The story seems to mostly be centered around "crisis" situations on the ranch and the horses, with Maggie at the center.  Chapters jump around a bit and I felt like it was hard to see what the point of the story was.  As an adult though, maybe I am being too critical of a book written for teens.

I have to say, I did not love the had a sort of spirit-y feeling to it that.  Other than that, I thought it was a fun book to read.

I received this book in exchange for a frank and honest review.  All opinions are my own.  Your results and/or opinions may vary.

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