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The A Circuit (The A Circuit #1)

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The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse shows. It's a world with its own rules and superprivileged lifestyles. Teens travel the circuit all year, showing horses that cost as much as some homes.

Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove sh

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Published May 1st 2011 by Bloomsbury U.S.A. Children's Books
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Dec 30, 2012 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For those who are looking for a great guilty pleasure...they can find it in the A Circuit. I read a lot of reviews where people's two main complaints were 1) the horse lingo went way over their heads and 2) The only girl who came across as relatable was Kate. I'm show on the A circuit myself so I can see how the horse lingo is confusing to some. I really enjoyed it myself because I've read so many books where horse terms are butchered and misused to no end. That doesn't happen in the A Circuit, ...more
Jun 28, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a regular rider I was able to fully appreciate the horse terminology that accompanied this book. Non-riders may not, but the story was still entertaining and a good light read. The book revolves around the lives of the three main characters, Zara, Tommi, and Kate.

Zara is the daughter of a rock star and a movie star, likes to party hard, and doesn't give a crap about what others think of her. Her character is fairly annoying because of her attitude and how spoiled she is. She does have a few
Geez, what was I thinking, giving this little turd bucket 1.5 stars? :/

I had high expectations for this book. I haven't read any horse books for a while, and most horse books are directed towards younger people. This book failed to reach them. It was mildly entertaining, but made me want to rip my hair out after a while.

Ok, quick character summary:

Tommi is from a really rich family. She is pretty down to earth, and wants to take up horse riding as a career. Tommi was alright. I didn't
Oct 29, 2012 Kala rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is terrible.

I'm a big fan of horses (I own two) and I used to compete on the A-circuit quite a bit, though not at the level of the girls in this book. I'm glad I have that background, else I wouldn't understand half of this book. If you don't know a lot of equestrian vernacular, this book will be VERY confusing for you!

The characters in this book are all over the top and unredeemed at the end.

Kate is probably my favorite, as she is
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
Allow me to begin by saying horse lovers will thoroughly enjoy this book. It’s a fun, light read and Catherine Hapka and Georgina Bloomberg truly immerse the reader in the world of competitive equestrian riding with charming characters that sparkle on the pages. Unfortunately, if you are a reader who doesn’t know much about horses or equestrian, I think this book will be a tough sell.

Hapka and Bloomberg throw equestrian jargon around with alarming frequency and do not always take the time to exp
Meredith Stewart
May 15, 2014 Meredith Stewart rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The A Circuit I recently read this book for SSR. I have never heard of this book or author, but I thought it looked good. This is book one of three in The Circuit series.I enjoyed reading this book. This book is about three very different girls who all share the love of horseback riding and showing. Tommi comes from a family of billionaires and geniuses. She has been riding for years and her dream is to become a professional. Zarra is the snobby celeb' s daughter who ditched LA to have some fun ...more
Jan 26, 2011 Angelc rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-own-read
I can't resist a good horse book and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The story had a bit of a slow start for me because there was a lot of insider show horse info and lingo. But after I adjusted to the setting, I was caught up in the world of show horses.

The three main characters were complex and likable. Zara, the wild child, takes some getting used to, but Kate was totally believable in her perfectionism. I think I liked Tommi the best, a snobby heiress on the outside, but with a heart of gold
I wish I could give this book 3 1/2 Stars. There were definitely things that I really enjoyed about "The A Circuit"-- I really liked that this book is told from three different perspectives of three teenage girls from different backgrounds. The three different story lines added a lot to this story and kept me turning the pages. The horse and riding terminology is correct and the chaos of the horse show industry is true to form. Kate was definitely my favorite character and easiest to relate to. ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Tammy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring story about rich kids and horses, neither of which I'm all that into...
Meri L
Oct 17, 2011 Meri L rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is the worst book I have read this year. Boring, all over the place, and complicated.
Mar 30, 2012 Mish rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I normally love YA novels but this was unbearably DUMB
Mary Pagones
Jan 11, 2017 Mary Pagones rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Kind of like Melrose Place meets the Saddle Club. But if you’re a hunter-jumper rider, that’s certainly NOT a bad thing. Like some other reviewers have said, the logic (to say nothing of the morality) of the ending really left me scratching my head. But it’s fun to pick out the elements of the book that were based on real life people and places.
I have found another fun horse book to enjoy. This one for a bit older audiences than the other horse books I have been reading lately. But I really liked that, it seems a lot of horse books are for younger audiences, and it is just refreshing to find one that is for YA and older. :D

This one combines horses with fame (most of the characters (OK, all of them except Kate) are rich and/or famous). We have all the other typical things added, some romance (though way more heated than normally, but th
May 18, 2011 Erica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars

The A Circuit was a very fun book. Horses have always been animals I have absolutely loved, but I've never actually ridden more than 2 times since I have really severe allergies. I substitute that for just reading about horses whenever I can :) It was a slower read, but a good one none the less.

The were a lot of characters. At first, it made things a bit confusing as I was trying to keep everyone straight. Once I had that time, it made the book that much more fun to read - as there were
Amy Mota
Aug 31, 2011 Amy Mota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This trio of girls who battle in the highest rung of horse competitions all have something to prove. Tommi is a billionaire’s daughter who wants to be taken seriously for something other than her family’s financial status. Zara has a rockstar father, and she wants to prove that she is a determined rider. Finally there’s Kate, who must clean horse stalls to pay for her lessons. She wants to be accepted even though she doesn’t come from a wealthy background like the others.

Their personal struggles
May 11, 2011 Chelsea rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Three very different girls come together over their love of showing horses. Tommi is a billionaire heiress who has spent most of her life in her older sister's shadow. Kate is a suburban girl working her hardest at the barn to escape her deteriorating mother. And Zara is the new girl, fresh from California and the daughter of a rock star. Despite their differences, these three girls will learn to overcome themselves and one another in order to shine bright in the spotlight.

It is a good thing thi
May 18, 2011 Angie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
Synopsis: "The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse shows. It's a world with its own rules and superprivileged lifestyles. Teens travel the circuit all year, showing horses that cost as much as some homes.

Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student—every win has been paid
I'd say 3.5 stars.

I've never taken riding lessons so a good deal of the horse lingo was confusing, and I just had to use the context. However, I don't think it was that difficult to get through and I found a lot of it unrelated to the plot.

Zara's an idiot, I can't stand her. She makes Californians look bad. If her stupid and careless actions hurt her, fine. But when her actions can potentially hurt others (and they do) that's unconscionable.

Tommi I liked. She's rich and spoiled, but also reason
Nov 04, 2011 Kirsti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I struggled through most of this book. It was a decent read, but I just couldn't get into the plot or connect with the characters. Of course, I adore horse stories, so that was what kept me reading.

Zara is a spoiled rich girl who has never really been properly school in horse riding, or in life apparently. Tommii is the rich girl trying to impress upon her rich father how much horses mean to her and she doesn't want to focus entirely upon college after completely high school. Kate
Jun 07, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youngadult
So addictive! This book is the perfect mix of Gossip Girl-esque contemporary and horse . . . if that makes sense. I'm not necessarily a fan of the former, but I'm still waiting for my dad to buy me a pony, so it was the latter that hooked me. The characters are sharp and engaging, there is just enough "in the know" talk about horses, a dash of romance, and some seriously bad decision-making. I couldn't put it down!


PS- This book is written by NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg's daughter,
Noa Leibson
Sep 23, 2011 Noa Leibson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The A Circuit is a story following, well, the A circuit of the equestrian sport. I decided to pick it up and read, because I do to. I found that it captured each and every detail in showing and riding, and stayed very true to how the real circuit is. I thoroughly enjoyed it, except for all of the parties and some of the drama. Realistically on the circuit, you never see people getting drunk and making trouble like the book shows. At most, someone says someones horse sucks and they make a faceboo ...more
Even in the realm of young adult horse fiction, this was pretty ridiculous. Would have been more interesting if Georgina Bloomberg had written a non-fiction story, actually, since it was clearly based on her own experiences.
Feb 01, 2017 Arose123 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To begin with, the book The A Circuit is a book about 3 high school teens who show horses in the A circuit, which is the top level of horse showing. These girls are from completely different backgrounds, Tommi is a millionaire heiress who is trying to prove to everyone that she is a good rider because of skill, not thanks to her dads $100k horses. Zara is a rockstar’s daughter who is new to the barn and she just wants to have fun and cause trouble. While, Kate is the average teen who has to wor ...more
I’d always been into horses and growing up, I never got any opportunity to ride horses since it was usually relatively expensive either for a simple lesson or a trail ride. So for me, equestrian is basically a rich person’s sport. Horses are incredibly expensive and lessons and board and overall training and basic care cost a fortune. So picking up a series devoted to the A circuit was a like reading about something I had always wanted to do since I was young.

However, I do have relatively mixed
Wow, okay, if this book is anything like how the Gossip Girls is like I am staying far the heck away. This book is all about teen antics, cattiness, drama and more drama. Yech.

Zara is a bitch. I don’t call characters a bitch often but she is definitely a bitch. She is self-absorbed, conceited, flippant, immature, ill-mannered, brutish, spoiled, snobby, dumb as fuck, unable to listen to advice, and just the brat to end all brats. I’m serious. Every time I had to read a section from her pov I want
Not bad for a quick and dirty read. I love that the appropriate terminology was used for the different parts of the horse world. If only the characters were less annoying...
Alison (AlisonCanRead)
The A Circuit takes us into the world of one of the most elite and expensive sports: showing horses. Think of this book as an equine Gossip Girl, but not quite as dirty. Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite teenage riders, each from different backgrounds. Tommi is the daughter of zillionare corporate guru, Kate is working class and gets free stable time by caring for the horses, Zara is the daughter of a rock star and up and coming bad girl.

I liked how the story was told from the alternating poin
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The A Circuit is the top tier when it comes to horse shows. And Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all trying to prove they have what it takes to be--and compete--there.

Tommi is the daughter of one of New York's richest men. With an older sister everyone compares her to and a father who hangs out with New York's mayor, people expect a lot form Tommi. But what she expects from herself and what they expect might not be the same things.

Kate works with the horses that cost possibly as much as her house for t
Aug 30, 2012 Midnight rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: must-read
The A Circuit (The A Circuit #1): Catherine Hapka and Georgina Bloomberg *Spoiler alert*

3.5 Stars

Riding horses is a passion for Kate, Tommi, and Zara. They are elite competitors in the circuit and this book is about the teenage conflicts that they encounter. There's not much to say because this series is shallow, but a fun read. One of the author is Georgia Bloomberg, the younger daughter of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. I guess this book is published because her family is so rich, not
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