So I held onto this book until the end of my trip, because, to be honest, I kind of thought it was going suck. I bought it based solely on the cover aSo I held onto this book until the end of my trip, because, to be honest, I kind of thought it was going suck. I bought it based solely on the cover and when I got around to picking books to read this one just didn't make me excited. It seemed like it was going to be cliche, I thought it would be cheesy, and I wasn't sure I was in the mood. Still... once I picked it up I was totally hooked. This is a great book. It could have been a story that we've read a million times, but it wasn't Collins avoid falling into the traps of a time travel love story and when I got to the last page I was booth pissed (because it doesn't have the exact happy ending I thought was coming) and also so very happy (because it doesn't have the exact happy ending I thought was coming). I'm going to leave it at that. Go read this book. Fall in love with the characters and close the book knowing that Collins gave us the ending we needed, even if it wasn't the exact one we wanted. ...more
This is a good book. But beyond being a good book, it's an important one. It looks at kids who suffer from mental illnesses and it doesn't gloss overThis is a good book. But beyond being a good book, it's an important one. It looks at kids who suffer from mental illnesses and it doesn't gloss over anything. I find it hard to recap this book simply because you have to read it to understand. These kids are hurting, some more then others, some are barely hanging on. They make bad decisions and they hurt themselves and others in the process... but they keep moving forward and that's the part that's important. This book gives you a sense that while they won't all be okay 100% of the time, it reminds you that no matter what there are people who will support you when you can't support yourself. It's a reminder I need sometimes and I'm glad this book was written for teens, because at that age you can feel isolated and alone. Go read this book. Buy it for a teen you know. Stick it in your library. This is one that needs to be out there. ...more
So, about this book. I love it. I love the characters and I've been invested in how it all works out from day one. If you are a horse person you willSo, about this book. I love it. I love the characters and I've been invested in how it all works out from day one. If you are a horse person you will instantly recognize that Sara is one as well, as only someone who really knows and loves horses would be able to get all that stuff spot on. I know that when I read and I come across something that I know how to do, but is misrepresented in the book, it totally takes me out of it. There is none of that here, especially on the ranch, which is my home turf. For me the parts on the farm were instantly relatable, more so then anything to do with the show world, mostly because that is so out of my wheel house that I wasn't sure how that world works. Still, it all rings true, Sara's words paint a very clear picture of what life is like for Jena and Luke and I could picture myself there watching it happen.
The plot is also spot on, coming back from an accident, or watching someone else have one, is hard. It can take years to get it back, and it's worse because you know that it's something you can do... but you can't get your heart back in it. Watching Jena and Luke help each other get past the pain was great. I loved that there was more to the story then just these two as well. Sure, Jena and Luke might have found a way to heal each other alone, but at it's heart, this book is about a family and how family can knock you down and lift you up when you fall. Without the pain of her father's death and her mothers absence, without Luke's family history looming in the distance, without her aunt and uncle opening their home, without the affections of the other man and without the unconditional love of her horse, this story would fall apart. Jena and Luke both need more then just each other to be whole again and I think Sara managed to weave those threads together in a way that shows you how love can heal and how some scars, no matter how painful, are still part of your story.
I've already made several friends buy this book, and I'd recommend it to anyone who likes horses, who loves a story about overcoming obstacles and anyone who is a fan of love and seeing it win out in the end. ...more