The A Circuit (The A Circuit #1)
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
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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...more
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...more
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...more
Hapka and Bloomberg throw equestrian jargon around with alarming frequency and do not always take the time to exp...more
Through the eyes of three main characters, we share the drama, excitement and intrigue that goes on in Pelham Lane Stables. There's Tommi, the bil...more
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...more
I definitely think that it was a Gossip Girl-meets equine world type novel. That's not to say I didn't like it, because I immediately clicked with the lingo (thankful for no elementary explanations or alternate, watered-down terms), and I did admire the characters. I couldn't very deeply connect with it, however, because while I...more
It is a good thing thi...more
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...more
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...more
I liked how the story was told from the alternating poin...more
I notice a few goodread reviews were a little confused with the horse terminology but I'm a rider so could understand the horse lingo; having said that, I didn't notice anything a non-horsey perso couldn't understand, epecially if working out what was happening in the scene.
Less brief version:
Riders (not horse lovers, mind you, but actual riders who have competed in whatever discipline) will find this book a fun, light read, while non-horse people will not enjoy or understand the culture of this book. I wanted to read it when I saw in Practical Horseman that Georgina Bloomberg was writing a book, because hey, I like Georgina Bloomberg....more
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...more
Their personal struggles...more
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 for with ho...more
On the other hand, I found the plot refreshingly... real. I've met these people at horse shows. I've rolled my eyes at them, yes, but I've met them. The teenage angst is pretty much right on, if overbearing.
Not the worst horse book I've read lately, and that's saying somethi...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
For Kate and Tommi, the world of horse showing is everything. Addictive, fun, and fully of plenty of rewa...more