There’s nothing easy about being an eleven year old boy, especially for Jamie. As he takes the unsteady steps into adolescence, his days of knowing who his friends are and trusting the adults in his life are numbered. The only thing Jamie can really count on in this changing world is the love of his best friend, a horse named Acorn. Jamie and Acorn’s friendship has a magic that comes once in a lifetime—but the bullies around them want to rip that to shreds. Can their kindred connection survive as Jamie strives to carve out his identity?
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About the Author
Lapo Melzi is a poet, writer and filmmaker. He grew up in a little town in the north of Italy and went on to study writing and filmmaking in New York. He received his MFA from renowned NYU Tisch School of the Arts and now spends his time between the United States and Italy.
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Horse Sense based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
3.5 stars Did I enjoy this book: Pretty much. I should probably start with a disclaimer. I’m not really a YA fan. I’m typically not the EFC reviewer for this type of book, so I’m taking my best shot here. What I liked: Eleven year old main character Jamie really figures out who he is and who he isn’t and ultimately stays true to himself. That’s a good message for kids his age because they really are trying to figure out the world and where they fit in. I loved his relationship with his horse. I think animals make great companions. Acorn, Jamie’s horse and best friend, discovers the importance of trust and loyalty throughout this story. It’s poignant. Jamie’s a bit of an outcast with his peers. Readers of any age can relate to those young, tender feelings and fragile relationships. What I didn’t like: No matter how hard I tried to see this story from a young person’s perspective, I couldn’t silence the inner teacher in me who took offense to the depiction of Mrs. Ambrose, Jamie’s teacher. She is cruel and abusive to the point of being extreme and unbelievable. Seriously, I’ve read descriptions of serial rapist and sadistic killers who were more charming and lovable than this poor teacher. It was just too over the top for me. So fair warning to future authors: If you send me a book to review I suggest it not include a bunch of badmouthing on teachers. That just pisses me off. (Sorry. I had to get that outta my system) Would I recommend it: Yes, I think young readers will enjoy this story. They’ll probably swear their teacher is as mean as Mrs. Ambrose. Will I read it again: No. As reviewed by Belinda at Every Free Chance Book Reviews. (I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)