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The White Horse

3.51 of 5 stars 3.51  ·  rating details  ·  77 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Heroin addiction has been a constant presence in sixteen-year-old Raina's life. But what Raina refers to as a "pet", or white horse, has turned her life, first with her abusive addict mother, and later with Raina's junkie boyfriend, into a bleak existence with little stability. This is Raina's story, told through her personal writings, and her caring teacher's first-person ...more
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1998 by Atheneum Books (first published 1998)
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Alicia Samson
I enjoyed "White Horse" by Cynthia D.Grant, because it deals a lot with drug addictions. The book is about a girl named Raina that had a very terrible childhood. Heroine has been a constant problem in Raina's life. Raina gets kicked out her mother's house and lives on the streets with her junkie boyfriend, Sonny. Sonny gets hits by a car and dies before Raina finds out she is pregnant with his child. Raina is still mourning is death and doesn't want to believe she's pregnant. She continues to us ...more
Apr 16, 2008 Joanna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Teenagers
Everyone have someone special about themselve. Everyone... including Raina. She was abandoned by her mother. She don't know why her mother hate her(the most). Livng in the streets with her boyfriend and she steal for a living. Writing was the only way for Raina to get all her hurt and desperation out. Nobody admired and say how good it was. Everyone looks at her and only see her as a "junkie".Everyone..except for a teacher. She find Raina's writing really well written, but don't know how to help ...more
The analogy is excellent: heroin is a little white horse that starts out as a pet and turns into a monster. Raina knows that first-hand; her alcoholic drug addict mother taught her a lesson that lead Raina into drug abuse and teen pregnancy. Raina tells all through "stories" written for her English teacher-turned-therapist and first-person narrative; the teacher interjects chapters with her concerns over her student. Through the stories, Raina works through what her mother did to her younger bro ...more
Alexandra Cannon
This reminded me a little of Freedom Writers - The story of a girl growing up in the most terribly hard environment and doing the best she can, through writing and the help of her English Teacher Mrs. Johnson. I could hardly believe this kind of stuff happens, so it was a really big wake-up call to how good I have it and how hard the world is for so many people through no fault of their own. Sorry, I'm preaching.
Anyway, back to the book - It is heart-wrenching and honest. I love the author's sty
I really got lost in this book. It's about Raina, whose life is truly bleak--horrible mother, junkie boyfriend, living day to day. But she writes powerfully about her life and gives her poems and stories to her English teacher, Miss Johnson. Parts of the story are told by her stories, parts by Miss Johnson, and parts by Raina herself. The voices are clear and so realistic. You really feel what it's like to have nowhere to turn and no one to ask, circling round and round and trying not to go down ...more
Diane Mueller
This young adult book talks about a girl living on the streets and her teacher. It is a powerful story about avoiding following in one's parents abusive footsteps. I enjoyed the majority of the book, and although the ending was good you could see it coming and it was to much of a syrupy wrap up to a difficult story.
The White Horse is a fantastic novel. Although Raina's problems seem extreme, I feel as though they illustrate the issues apprioriatly. This book is perfect for the topics of drug abuse and teen pregnancy.
I think Grant tried to be shocking on purpose sometimes, and sensationalizing never gets 5 stars. However, the plot of the addiction mixed with street life makes it a popular choice for teens.
Stephanie A.
There are a thousand drug novels, but few made as big an impact on me as this one. I fall hard for the English-assignment-journal meets caring-and-involved-teacher scenario every time.
Was one of my favourite books when I was in jr. high...because you know, what else would a 13 year old read about if not heroin addiction?
Cassey Jernagan
This has to be one of the most heart wrenching books i have ever read! I love it but it broke my heart all at the same time.
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Cynthia D. Grant is the award-winning author of "Mary Wolf" and "The White Horse." She is a popular American author who writes novels about growing up. Her books appeal to young adults who want to read stories about life in the real world. As Grant commented in an interview with Authors and Artists for Young Adults, "Since 1980 I have published ten books for children and young adults, primarily fo ...more
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