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Lean On Pete by Willy Vlautin
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really liked it
bookshelves: drama, young-adult

This was a simply beautiful book. 15 year old Charley Thompson has just one thing he wants to do, and that is play football in the next school year. His father leaves him alone at home most nights and Charley gets a job at the race track with a cranky unscrupulous horse racer. When his father dies after a fight, leaving Charley an orphan, Charley runs away with Lean On Pete, a horse he has gotten fond of, and who has a foot disease causing it to lose more races than it wins. Charley's only possession is a photograph of himself and an aunt. His travels with Lean On Pete take them across the country to find her, hopefully in Wyoming.

Charley's sparse narrative is the perfect showcase for his honest and straightforward but sometimes too trusting nature. He is the recipient of many kindnesses from strangers as well as the victim of cruelty and meanness. At all times though, he maintains an impressive ability to think on his feet and make the most of any luck that comes his way.
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Started Reading
June 27, 2015 – Finished Reading
June 29, 2015 – Shelved
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: drama
June 29, 2015 – Shelved as: young-adult

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