A novel told in poetry, Pattyn von Stratten is a suburban Mormon, abused by her father, overworked by her mother, a teen and gets suspended from school after breaking a window and breaking a girl’s nose.
She is sent to her aunt’s ranch in Nevada for the summer. Her aunt no longer goes to Church, is a free thinker, Pattyn learns to horseback ride and falls in love with a college student. But her mother is pregnant again and her father needs a punching bag, so Pattyn returns home.
The end I didn’t care for: though it was somewhat foreshadowed it was too coincidental for my tastes. I was looking for a character like Taylor in Thinking Straight
, and this works, but only sort of.