Monday, April 29, 2013

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani

Posted for staff member Holly:

The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls was a compelling read set in the south during the 1930's. The story flip flops back and forth between the remote Blue Ridge Mountain equestrian boarding school and Florida, the childhood home of the protagonist. Each flashback to Florida slowly reveals the scandalous actions which lead to Thea to being sent away, while the Great Depression looms and pops it's ugly head around the corners of this upper class girls' hide away.

I felt that this coming of age book masterfully captured the inner workings of Thea's teenage mind, reminding us all of the overwhelmingly vivid emotions of youth which can so easily cloud judgment.

If there is a way to have the feeling of an 'easy read' while building a quietly complex protagonist and family drama this author pulls it off.

-Holly - Library Staff

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