- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (May 24 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1599906341
- ISBN-13: 978-1599906348
- Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2 x 20.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 295 g
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #507,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The A Circuit Paperback – May 24 2011
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About the Author
GEORGINA BLOOMBERG is the younger daughter of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. An accomplished equestrian, Georgina is on the board of directors of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. She is also the founder of the charity Rider's Closet.
CATHERINE HAPKA has published many books for children and young adults, including some about horses. A lifelong horse lover, she rides several times per week and keeps three horses on her small farm in Pennsylvania.
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The only part of the story that evoked any emotion for me was the fiasco with the horse at the end. I'm shocked that it was glossed over so casually, as though horses are mere chattel and their suffering of no significance. That horse spent the night alone in his stall in agony, and none of the characters seemed too concerned. When the seriousness of his injuries was reported, the general attitude seemed to be, "oh well, we'll buy the owner a new one"! I thought at least one character should have considered criminal proceedings - if any of those drunken idiots had injured someone while driving, they would have been held accountable. The same should apply here. Instead, the characters stand by Zara, who will doubtless continue to be a spoiled, shallow brat, never having to deal with the consequences of her actions. If she had shown any remorse, tossed & turned all night, or spent the night with the horse to make sure he was all right, I'd be more forgiving. But horses who are no longer deemed 'useful' rarely fare well; the injured horse will, if he's lucky, end up a school horse at Happy Acres. If he's unlucky he'll end up as pet food. To have everyone (except the horse) walk away unscathed, and apparently unconcerned, did not sit well with me.
Something to be aware of, if you're not a rider, is that the book does use a lot of jargon. I enjoyed it enough for a light summer read, but I probably won't buy the sequel.
She is asking me to shop for more of the same. hmmmm guess it depends on who you are as to what you think of it.
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I'm a big fan of horses (I own two) and I used to compete on the A-circuit quite a bit, though not at the level of the girls in this book. I'm glad I have that background, else I wouldn't understand half of this book. If you don't know a lot of equestrian vernacular, this book will be VERY confusing for you!
The characters in this book are all over the top and unredeemed at the end.
Kate is probably my favorite, as she is the most down to earth of the three female leads. She's the poor girl who has to work her butt off for a chance to ride some nice horses in big shows.
Fitz is the guy rider who is a player. He has a thing for Kate, but she is scared to get involved with him because of his reputation.
Tommi is just kind of there. She's super rich, has lots of expensive horses, doesn't have a great relationship with her family, and is kind of boring.
Zara is terrible. She is absolutely terrible. I could deal with the horrible attitude if she learned something by the end... but she doesn't! At the end (SPOILER ALERT) she is drunk, takes someone else's horse out, starts jumping huge fences with it, and seriously injures it to the point where it probably can never compete again (and could have to be put to sleep). At this point, Zara has been a completely idiotic rude witch for the entire novel and this incident is the icing on the cake.
She doesn't get in trouble. She suffers NO consequences for her bad behavior. Ever.
Instead, FITZ volunteers to take the fall for Zara's COMPLETELY AWFUL behavior that RUINED someone else's EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE horse (these types of show horses are valued at tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of dollars). Him volunteering to get in trouble for this is supposedly a way to prove to Kate that he's serious about their relationship. This makes NO sense at all. NONE! NONE NONE NONE!
And Zara gets away with a completely heinous crime against a horse (and that horse's owner).
The horse trainer put up with Zara's bad behavior for the entire novel, despite her disrupting everything in his barn. Everyone basically puts up with it, and when she finally spins out of control enough to really cause some serious damage and you think she's FINALLY going to turn things around... someone else takes the fall for her and she gets away with it again. And continues acting horrible.
Absolutely terrible terrible awful awful book! Do not pay money for this garbage