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Horn-Horn (The Horn-Horn Series)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  33 reviews
When teenage loner Cassie Gellar moves with her hippie parents to the seaside town Horn-Horn, she finds herself at odds with the battling cliques at her new school.
There’s Eleanore Parker, Principal’s daughter and social butterfly. Then there’s Hayley and the ‘backseater’ misfits.
But there’s also Zag, a shackled little boy she finds hiding in the woods. Where is he from, a
Kindle Edition, 265 pages
Published November 2017 by Amazon Digital Services (first published February 1st 2017)
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Gloria Piper
A stand-up comedy about a frustrated teen and a wishing child.

Sixteen-year-old Cassie is new in the town of Horn-Horn and seeks to fit in at the cliquish high school, shunning the most popular clique for the least popular. Even so, her friendships are tenuous and shaky.

The story reads like stand-up comedy, about the sadness of a teenager's world, the cliques, the poor self-image, the negative outlooks, and wanting to fit in. The teens are portrayed as frustrated, shallow, and mean. The adults a
Marina Levy
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not sure what to say about this book.
Only, it cost me a night's sleep, but luckily it was Christmas times so no harm done.

Starting a book like Horn-Horn, you might think it's a porno. In the first page alone there is mention of an old, deranged man mowing his lawn while masturbating at two in the morning, which is enough to put any parent off buying this YOUNG ADULT novel for their kids.

But persevere because what follows is one of the most mind-bending fantasy stories I've ever read.

It all s
James McDonald
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Got to be the most original book out there.


And holy hell is it a big giant mesh of genres.


In saying that, it does have its flaws. But most books do.



The style of writing is biting and dramatic in all the right places. The prose is absolutely beautiful. Is the narrator meant to be a poet?

The characters seem to be developed well. Those that are not often give random comments or there are suggestions of future revelations to come.

The twists are insane. Insane, I tell you. They just
Al Brook
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I must have more!

... a few of the things I screamed when I fell to the floor after the last page.

I am really liking 2018 if it keeps bringing me these amazing contemporary/sci-fi mixes like this. If you're a fan of the 80's suburbia meets scary monster stuff, you'll be in heaven like I was. Plus it's so funny. I laughed more than I hid under my covers. Depressingly relatable characters are what made it for me though. I felt like I knew them, they are my friends, all of them: JT, Cassie,
Nov 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I completely connected with the main character, who is the same age as me. The fantasy parts are an added bonus. This is a story about an unpopular girl who finally makes friends, only to have this magical world interfere with it all. It's so clever and witty and flat-out hilarious that I'm already half-way through re-reading it and I feel like there's plenty here to keep me entertained for a third read. I can't wait for the second book, because there are so many unanswered my ...more
Tamara Presley
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The fucking bee's knees.
E.M. Swift-Hook
Jul 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A story as strange as its name...

‘She looked like she would rather eat twenty pregnant slugs, spew them up and eat them again as the babies wriggled down her throat.’

The Gellar family are rich and have moved to a huge house (imported from France) in the coastal town of Horn-Horn. Cassie Gellar is sixteen and starts at the local school the unwilling prize of Eleanore Parker, one of the ‘in crowd’ girls, so she deliberately attaches herself to Hayley Gauche, one of the social outcasts, the ‘back-s
Alyssa Whicker
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not since Lewis Carroll has there been such an unusual story unleashed upon the world.

I was given a proofread of this before it was released. Given my track record with young adult novels I was very excited to see what the heck this was about (the title gives away nothing).

I was not disappointed.
Like, AT ALL.

The story revolves around Cassie Gellar and her family's move to the town of, you guessed it, Horn-Horn, which is really just a contemporary name for Two Horn (which the Native Indians calle
Melonie Purcell
Wonderful premise for a story.

There are two different story lines in this book that collide. When I first began reading it, I fell in love. The first-person narrative at the beginning of the book comes from the sardonic and witty voice of a school aged young woman who is the voice of reason in her family of wealthy hippie parents and a rebelling slightly self-destructive brother. She finds herself at a new school and has to negotiate the -friend trap between the Cordelia’s of the school (the in
Leo McBride
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Power games can manifest in many forms - and the story of Horn-Horn has lead character Cassie Gellar caught in the middle of them.
Whether it's the power games going on in the cliques of her new school, or those being played by the supernatural forces from the world of Danube, it's hard to tell which is the more perilous for Cassie.
Horn-Horn is the name of the town that Cassie and her family have moved to, and just as she's starting to get to grips with the oddness of the town's residents, she
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Let me just say, this is my all time favorite fantasy book. I can’t wait for more books I this series to be out.

I loved everything about this book. I’ve found that fantasy has bored me in the past, but this one definitely did not. The plot was so interesting, and it kept building upon itself drastically on every page. There is plot twist after plot twist which makes for an amazing read. The minute I heard of this book I was compelled to read it. It’s amazing. I love how it started as a contempor
Cho Gellar
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Try reading this on a train and looking like a normal human being. Especially if there's an attractive person sitting across from you. I ugly cry-laughed reading this phenomenal behemoth. Add to that the main character has the (almost) same surname as me.
I'd like to also thank the author for capturing EXACTLY what it feels like to be a teenager in the modern age. And also to mention things that aren't okay to mention according to news outlets. Super weird and dark, just how I like my morning cof
Jude V.
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is weird. But I liked it. An easy read but also complicated. Sometimes it was a bit hard to follow and a lot happens in the last 50 pages or so. But it was really enjoyable and funny. I hope there's more to come because I have a lot of questions. I especially loved the friends.
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Too friggin funny.

The Gellars are a five-piece family moving across the country on a graffiti-smeared bus. It's summer. None of the three kids have any friends. Cassie, the middle child, wants friends more than anything. And so begins the descent into the madenning world of Horn-Horn, which is so complex and out-there it would make stoners all over the world cower in fear.

Why is it so incredible?
It reads like a classic novel. The narrator has such a witty elegance to her voice of reason in this
Jackie Perotta
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to goodreads for bringing me this wowser.
Where to start?
I engulfed this in two days, then went back and rerad it all again. There are HEAPS of clues in this novel that blew my mind the second time.
It's funny and scary all in one.
I see huge things for this series and I can't wait for the next one.
Renata Gallagher
Feb 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh my heart. <3

Power takes many forms in this shapeshifting story that starts with a contemporary setting and ends in an alternate world where 'everything' has changed its face.

Despite its short-comings, 'Horn-Horn' presents itself as a nuanced observation of the timeless struggles that come from being a teenager on the verge of adulthood, and how important it is to belong somewhere - anywhere! - for your peace of mind.

Honestly this book moved me so much. It's not in the same pretentiously st
Apr 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of the strangest books I've ever read. But what a joy. I was a teenager when this was set and it's a spot of portrayal, it took me back. There's a To Kill A Mockingbird likeness to this, and it has nothing to do with the racial tension or its political seems. The same childish (in a good way) joy I get thinking back to the first half of that book is in these pages. There's a carefree childhood feel to everything and even though it gets dark and spooky and heavy later on in the book, the effe ...more
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I haven't read a book so fast in my life. I got this last week and due to the weather didn't have a lot to do. Thinking I'd just skim the first few pages, I ended up sitting for hours and let me just say, the story tops itself with every page.

This is the beginning of a fantasy series set in the fictional coastal town of Horn-Horn at the end of summer. Newbies the Gellars have just moved in and Cassie is determined to make friends at her new school - which at first seems to b
Malwina Ricohard
Mar 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've long been an avid avoider of the comical in novels. For the longest time I thought they didn't belong. Here and there most stories had some humor to them but it was never classed as a 'comical' read.
Horn-Horn changes that, as the genre is firmly set in the absurd. When I first started reading this I was in love with the narration, and somewhere towards the first third it slips to third-person which threw me off at first. But as the story goes on it becomes more and more engaging, you don't
Shelley Long
Sep 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourites

Oh, what a wonderful book. I simply ate this little thing up like a delicious cookie.

What can I say that hasn't already been said? I have a weakness for independent female narrators, and this one seemed to enter my inner-mind and recite all of my secret, wicked thoughts and fears.

The plot is almost manically complicated from a distance - it's overwhelming to think of - but in the moment it is a force to be reckoned with. This is the sort of book I crave to have more of in life: It's got
Caster Overnewton
Aliens and magic and teenagers, oh my!
Behold! The town of Two Horn, in all it's glory!
Cassie is a teenager without any friends, who thinks moving away from home is a great new start for her. Which is glam until something in the woods changes everything.
I could literally go into more detail but it would literally do it a disservice. This is like a really great episode of SVU - not that they're similar in genre - but you couldn't predict what's coming if your life depended on it.
Quirky and full of
Mar 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm not one for these sorts of supernatural affairs. This was recommended in my book club as an easy read with an admirable female heroine, so I gave it a go with very little in terms of expectations. As far as I'm concerned it was a worthy gamble. Lots of fun and hilarity, with a biting wit at the centre of it all. Don't let the goofy nature fool you though, as this is quite the mystery within a mystery. Solve all the clues and re-read to see them in play - quite ingenius in a way. I wouldn't e ...more
Pete Glass
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The writing in this Jasper Fforde inspired novel is inspiring. Where you'd expect this modern teenage comedy to faulter is its slip into fantasy is in fact one of the most appealing things to me: none of it is to be taken seriously. When it does get serious, though, it's scary and the author's style of writing never fails. I think this will appeal to young people and adults alike, as we all like to laugh and are willing to suspend our disbelief.
Leanne Reidy
A wonderfully imaginative piece ruined by all its loose ends. I am not patient enough to wait/remember, so I was left very frustrated by the unanswered questions.
On a young adult level it is a little to explicit for very young teenagers. I'd suggest skimming the first page alone.
However, despite these shortcomings, it is hilarious. Is the author English?
Anyone who gets offended easily, beware. If you have a wicked side like I do, I'd recommend.
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I stumbled upon this book in my daughter's house and took it with me on holidays. I could not put it down. The narrator is a sixteen year old girl who is wise beyond her years. The plot thickens times twenty with every chapter. It kept me guessing until literally the very last sentence of the book. What a terrific read! I can't wait for a sequel and I hope this gets the recognition it sorely deserves.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
So addictive. I couldn't stop. Talk about a page-turner.
Smart but easy to read, great characters, fantastic story and brilliant execution.
Funny, terrifying, relatable, mysterious. One of those books where you go back and re-read it and it's a whole other book. Wish there were more books like this out there.
May 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. Cassie Gellar is a terrific role-model for young girls and very witty. I found myself laughing on nearly every page at her observations. There's a whacky style to this book that I found refreshing in this young adult age of dystopian misery-guts. Bring on more like it, I say. I hope to hear more from this new series.
Oct 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once I started this I couldn't put it down. I fell in love with the town of Horn-Horn and the people who lived there. This book made me so happy, but it's also really scary and dark. An old fashioned mystery wrapped in a fantasy but headlined by its young adult main characters. I loved this! Great read.
Mike Huggins
Mar 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mainly high school drama about a girl with no friends who finds something sinister in the woods. Highly recommended.
Mar 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Believe me when I say this: You really have absolutely NO idea what you're getting into.
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