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Ghost Medicine by Andrew  Smith
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Nov 20, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: realistic
Recommended for: western fans
Read in November, 2008

A quiet, thoughtful story with some gritty action and a well-defined setting--you can almost feel the sweltering western sun beating down on you and smell the horses and hay as you read. 16 year old Troy spends his summer working on a horse ranch and hanging out with his best friends Tommy and Gabe, and falling in love with Luz, Gabe's sister, whom he's known since they were little kids but whose father does not approve of their dating. Troy is suffering from the recent cancer death of his mom, and he and his father are not communicating very well in their pain. The three boys have an enemy, cocky bullying sheriff's son Chase Ruttledge, who becomes a very dangerous threat to them as the months go along. There's a lot of horseback riding, as Troy uses his horse Reno to go to work and back, and for relaxing trail rides, and to get away from it all by riding up high on the mountainside to a small remote cabin where he camps out, alone, trying to come to grips with his emotions. This book was a nice change of pace for me from everything else I've read lately--it's not every day you get to read a book set in modern times but with boys who would rather ride a horse than a motorcycle. Lots of coming-of-age stuff and a good story about the enduring power of male friendship.
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Christina thanks, Andrew. I really meant what I said in the review. thanks for writing good books!


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