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 ending...it 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.