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Finding Somewhere

3.66  ·  Rating Details  ·  155 Ratings  ·  43 Reviews
Two girls: Best friends Hattie and Delores feel that life in their small New Hampshire town is a dead end.
One horse: Old and about to be put down, Speed gets a reprieve when Hattie and Delores decide to save him.
A road trip: Determined to set Speed free, Hattie and Delores drive him west in search of rangeland. But the road takes some unexpected turns as the girls get thei
ebook, 240 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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Amy Lignor
Jan 05, 2012 Amy Lignor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There is no teenager (or adult, most likely) living on the planet right now who would not say that they would love to simply jump in a car and take off. They would be thrilled to see the country, with their best friend by their side, and fly far away from home in order to meet new people and experience brand new adventures. That is exactly what Hattie did - with one small difference; she did all this so that a very special friend could be free.

Speed is a horse who is just plain tired. He’s been
Jan 15, 2012 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of those quiet books that just blows you away! A deceptively simple plot: two girls steal a horse the day before it's to be put down, to drive West and find a place where the horse can just "be a horse" and live out its last days.

Beautiful language and believable characters. Even better, the two girls are from a class that usually don't appear in books unless they're abused, alcoholic meth dealers. Yes, the rural poor! And while they may have to work with their hands for a living, and met in
Jan 26, 2012 Mary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a lovely book! Two teenage girls and an elderly horse on a road trip from the mountains of New Hampshire to the prairies of the west. The horse, Speed, is about to be put down, and 16-year-old Hattie steals him from her employers in order to save his life. Not very good judgement, perhaps, but believable - these are teenagers.

As with "Small as an Elephant", this book was brief, clear, and felt very real. The strongest aspect of it was Hattie's bond with Speed, her pity for his life of drud
Sophie Adams
I didn't like this book very much. I picked it up randomly in a mystery bag, so I didn't know what I was reading. It was easy, and it didn't really hold my attention. I read two other books that were more interesting during the time I was reading this. I wasn't attached to it enough to want to read only it.

I also didn't get the title. "Finding Somewhere" is so vague that it didn't tell me anything about the book. I think it should have been called something like "Speed's Last Adventure" or "Hat
Lesr Kew
Aug 27, 2016 Lesr Kew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a really nice story of friendship and horses for a younger audience. it would have been my favorite book had i read it when i was younger!
Katie G
I didn't have the highest expectations of this book - I read it only because I'm trying to read as many books about road trips as I can - but I still found myself disappointed in this book, and it's hard to explain why I disliked it so much. The characters aren't horrible - Delores was annoying but believably so and at least had some good qualities. I liked the idea that they wanted to give Speed a chance to "be a horse" for once in his life. I liked how Speed was similar to many people - doing ...more
"I wanted Speed to run once,just once, to head off free for the first time in his life. For an instant he looked like he might do it. His posture grew and he shook his head, but as quickly as it had come, it left him.. . he shrunk back to being an old horse." For me this passage was not only about the horse who had spent his life confined to a pony track for children, but also about any creature whose potential is reduced to being an instrument in someone else's project.
That for me was the most
Feb 19, 2012 Holly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good, easy and enjoyable read. Two girls run away from home to search for where they belong.
Jan 25, 2016 Monica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sweet book. "The definition of 'crazy' is someone who presses button A ten times, gets response B ten times, but keeps pressing A expecting a different result." - pg 51 - LOVE this quote, I guess I'm crazy... "If you stay real calm with people, you can usually poke holes through whatever they're doing to you." - pg 99 - now if only I could learn to stay calm! "The whole world shrank down to a white line on a black piece of ribbon going through trees."-pg 12 "An El Camino. Part truck, part care. ...more
Aug 04, 2012 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teenagers
This was a beautiful book. It made me wish I had a horse or at least more contact with horses. What beautiful animals! I really like the way the author wrote and describes people and situations.

So, let's see. The two main characters are girls, best friends. I believe one is eighteen and the other sixteen. They grew up in New Hampshire, both to single mothers. They seem to be from lower income families, and they both have gotten their GED. And they both love horses. One struggles from (and it's n
This was fantastic!

Two teen girls - 18, and 16, go on a roadtrip with an old horse. Speed was a pony at carnivals who led not such a great life. He is about to be put down by the now owners. Hattie,decides to steal with with her friend emotionally fragile friend Delores, and head West (from New Hampshire) to find a place to bring him where he can live his last days running (slowly as he is old) wild and die free. The girls also go on the road trip just for adventure. They are women going west! t
Martha Schwalbe
Feb 01, 2012 Martha Schwalbe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a fun book. I keep thinking there was little objectionalbe to it except that Hattie and Delores stole the horse, the truck, and the trailer. I was pleasantly surprised at how thought-provoking and insightful this book was. Hattie and Delores were both characters with whom I could connect and I could understand the desire to save Speed.
One of the reasons I picked up Finding Somewhere is because it looked like a short book and it was. I was disappointed that it ended so soon. The ending w
Nov 06, 2011 Britta rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding Somewhere is a nice book to read if you're in the mood for a quick, heartfelt story. It involves two odd friends, stealing a dying horse and a cross country road trip - all laced with romance, sadness and changes.

Hattie and Delores are great friends, but they are a really odd pairing. But they have one big thing in common, they are crazy about horses. Crazy enough to steal a horse that it about to be put down in hopes of giving it time, if only a day, to live life as a horse was meant t
May 24, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horses
I adored this book, and the cover does not do it justice. Two girls, 16 and 18, steal an old horse, load him into a truck and trailer heading west, hoping to turn him loose on some rangeland somewhere. Bad idea, right? I believe this book was marketed as a YA, coming of age, road trip novel. That it is, but make no mistake, it's also a horse lover's novel, and I wish that the cover reflected that. There is much to be loved about the old horse named Speed, the decisions (good and bad) involved in ...more
Amanda Snow
Dec 31, 2011 Amanda Snow rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, 2011
Originally published at:

Hattie loves horses. She's grown up around them and now works at a stable in her free time and feels completely alive while she's there, especially when spending time with her favorite horse, Speed. When the owners of the stable decide that the elderly horse needs to be put down, Hattie knows she can't allow that to happen.

Hattie and her best friend Delores, a girl with serious problems of her own, set off on one unique road trip. Mission? Set S
Apr 09, 2014 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, booklinx
Two teenage girls pack up a horse and go on a road-trip cross country to find a place where their beloved horse can just be free. A trip that began as a means of freeing a horse turns into a story of friendship and self discover. Slow at times, I still found myself envious of the girls and their ability to just pick up and go. And while, two young girls on a trip across country has the potential of being dark and abusive, this tale avoided these terrible events and was a more refreshing read bec ...more
Tim Weed
Nov 02, 2014 Tim Weed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it! Nice story, engaging voice, and truly great characters. I've read other Monninger books, and I always get swept up in them. I found the dialog especially good in this book, and the love and affection the girls feel for their horse -- and the nobility of horses in general -- is clearly and beautifully drawn. Really terrific stuff.
Sep 13, 2012 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: horses, age-ya, 2012
Hattie and Delores are "women heading west." When the barn where the two girls work has plans to put down old Speed before winter, Hattie gets it in her head bring Speed out to the plains so he can run and be a real horse before the end of his life. Delores steals a relative's trailer and off they go.

I thought there might be a bigger reason why Hattie and Delores took off in this dramatic fashion - there seems to be tension between Delores and her mom, and Hattie just got her GED at 16. But the
The book was better than I anticipated based on reading the back cover.

If you are an animal lover, then read this book about a horse who spent years entertaining people and kids. Now it's his turn to be himself, just a horse.
Lydia Kass
Sep 17, 2015 Lydia Kass rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Poignant story of two teens coming to terms with their fatherless families and part road trip; to save a horse from the glue factory. They meet up with some rodeo people and find a wild place for the horse, Speedy, to live out the rest of his days.
Mar 12, 2016 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Having read two other books by Monninger, Eternal on the Water and The World as We Know It, and enjoyed his stories, characters, dialog and lyrical descriptions of place, I was pretty sure this book would also be good. It was a quiet treasure. While written, I think, for young adults it was enjoyable as an adult tale too. The tender and sometimes tentative or confused feelings of teenagers, about their responsibility to their aging horse, their parents, their friends and brief boyfriend interest ...more
I loved this teen novel. Two feisty young women decide to "save" a horse, while making a transformative journey. Great book for those who love horses. I liked that it was a realistic story without the usual misery and loss found in many teen books.
Apr 05, 2014 Noémie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4,5 une tres jolie histoire. Pour les amoureux des chevaux mais aussi les autres. Plus profond qu'il n'y parait.
Sep 13, 2013 Kandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was sweetly poetic about the love we feel for horses. I remember it (that feeling) so well! I especially loved the chapter containing the midnight ride...on someone else's horses...sans saddles or bridles or anything! Crazy fun! Yes, there was sadness and a heavy dose of reality, but this is a book I am glad I read. I almost passed it up, but decided to give it a try. It reminded me how special horses are and how much they contribute to our lives, simply by living theirs and being themselves.
Delores just needs to get away. Hattie needs to save Speed, her favorite horse, from being put down. They steal a horse trailer and the horse and head out for the west, to let Speed "be a horse" and get out of NH (North Country).
The writing was a bit clunky, with some unbelievable dialogue, but it was a good story, even if it was a horsey book! Read it in preparation for meeting the author on Saturday.
This was a delightful, quick read. A story of two friends on a cross-country road trip. In order to save an aged, beloved horse, they steal it and take it out west where it can live out the remainder of its days in open range land. They want it to be able to just "be a horse." This book was a good escape read and I found myself enjoying it much more than expected. A solid 3.5 stars from this reader.
Jul 17, 2012 A. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had a noble and beautiful feel to it. I can still feel the tears wet on my face.

"He is pure air and fire; and the full elements of earth and water never appear in him, but only in patient stillness while his rider mounts him: he is indeed a horse; and all other jades you may call beasts." (Shakespeare, or so it is attributed in the book)

I'm so happy Speed finally got to be a horse.
It started off slow but quickly became fascinating and slightly addictive. Overall, it was a fun read. I reccomend it to all horse lovers as it's quite relateable. I liked witnessing the growth of the characters and observing what they learned from their adventure. Normally I dislike road trip stories but I enjoyed this one. I think the horse element of it definitely made this story for me.
Mrs. Tongate
Feb 29, 2012 Mrs. Tongate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure
Sweet read. Two girlfriends are on the run with Hattie's favorite horse, Speed. The owners were planning to put Speed down. Hattie & Delores steal Speed late one night and go out west so that he can run in open fields the rest of his days. Hattie adores Speed and doesn't want him to go. Speed will always be Hattie's one true horse and buddy.
Jessica Journey
Jun 26, 2012 Jessica Journey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: miss-independent
This was lovely. A very fast read, and I savored each page. It's hard to explain, even to myself, why I liked it, but I did. Finally, a story that doesn't try so hard to sum everything up with a neat moral or to be forcibly poetic. Finding Somewhere isn't groundbreaking, or suspenseful, or comedic. It just is what it is, and what it is is lovely.
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Joseph Monninger has published twenty novels and three non-fiction books. His work has appeared in American Heritage, Scientific American, Readers Digest, Glamour, Playboy, Story, Fiction, The Boston Globe, Sports Illustrated and Ellery Queen, among other publications. He has twice received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and has also received a fellowship from the New Hampshi ...more
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