Blind Your Ponies

Blind Your Ponies

by Stanley Gordon West
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Blind Your Ponies 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 82 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you like basketball, small towns, and falling in love with life, you will love this book. West writes with such detail, you can feel the excitement of the games and the chill of the winter blowing and the love of the people. You feel like you're on the court feeling the pain of the players.The book is not just of this high school basketball team that nobody thought could play, but a story of the people of this town with their secrets and how a small town can become one family. You find yourself as one of the towns people. I cried and laughed while reading this book and found myself wanting more. It was a quick 574 pages. Both men and women will love this book.
SEJ32 More than 1 year ago
Just finished reading this book through for the second time. I laughed and teared up just as often as I did the first time I read it! I LOVE this book. I am so attached to the characters, that, like Coach Picket, I hate to see the season end because I don't want to say goodbye to the boys either. I don't even like basketball, but West's writing kept me hanging in there through the game details with active interest. Love his descriptive writing, love his style, live his characaters. Just came home from the bookstore with another of his works. I have a new author to add to my list of favorites and this book definatly stays on my bookshelves as part of my collection!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I live in the area the book described. Wonderful representation of the people and communities. When I stop in the Willow Creek Inn I expect to see the characters in the story. I am amazed how Stanley West brings you into the lives of the characters. I laughed with the wonderful humor and joy throughout the story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I know nothing about basketball. I care even less. This book was about so much more, it kept my attention and I read it without stopping. Amazing and highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was awesomely awesome
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pained that I wasn't able to finish this book in one sitting, finding it difficult, if not impossible, to put it down. Even when I wasn't reading, this book was at the forefront of my mind until the minute I finished, and resonates even now. I found myself watching for the Willow Creek score on the evening news, having to remind myself that the story was fictional, and that I don't live in Montana. West keenly avoids the typically cliched setup of a Cinderella-team story with intelligent dialogue and tightly woven characters that feel like next-door neighbors. A beautiful exploration of human emotions and relationships, neatly encapsulated around a small team's basketball season.
Anonymous 10 months ago
It has the most delicious and most eclectic cast of characters, all with desperately dark back stories that make you want to help them, tend to their wounds, nurture them. In the end, they make you want to soar with them. It's so inspiring as you get to know all of them. I was so moved by the quest.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a feel-good book. Strong character development.
RettLS More than 1 year ago
Loved the excitement of the games but 3/4 into the book I felt it was a little redundant. Loved the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love, love this book. Everything about it. Characters, story, humanity, setting, it's full of the good stuff.
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RUTH48 More than 1 year ago
If you like Love, Basketball, family you will love this book --- you will not wont to put it down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An inspiring and uplifting portrait of small-town Montana.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read, fast moving and interesting.
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This is a wonderful story about hope and triumph. Highly recommend this to all readers.
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ginajean More than 1 year ago
This was a heartwarming story of Don Quizote followers. Dreaming the impossible dream. There are many wounded souls who find redemption in the book.
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Pickie-Pete More than 1 year ago
It is easy to quickly bond with these characters and find yourself in Montana. Careful where you choose to read this book, you may find yourself cheering on the basketball team out loud! The energy with which the Stanley West places on these young men is catching. My only disappointment is the true lack of an ending, although I do have to admit I am glad the story ending was not fully shown. It leaves a bit of hope about the team, grandma and Thomas.