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The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls | Anton DiSclafani
Exiled to an equestrienne boarding school in the South at the height of the Great Depression for her mysterious role in a family tragedy, strong-willed teen Thea Atwell grapples with painful memories while acclimating to the school's strict environment. A first novel. Reprint.
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crhealey
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Ncostell
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Mehso-so

While I enjoyed the setting of this book in a riding camp/school for girls in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina during the Great Depression, I didn‘t feel a connection to the main character. Her actions were often questionable and she did not have much sympathy for those adversely affected by her decisions. At least it was my Y book for #LitsyAtoZ2019.

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PaperbackPirate
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Pickpick

I loved this coming-of-age story! It takes place at the start of the Great Depression in North Carolina. Thea Atwell is banished to riding camp but why remains a mystery through much of the story. I liked the main character & waiting to see if she could grow from her mistakes. My favorite part though was the horseback riding!
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Velvetfur Aaww, the cutie little horse is a great addition to this pic! 🐎 💜 6mo
TheSpineView 🐴 💖 6mo
PaperbackPirate From my childhood collection! Thank you @Velvetfur ! 💙🐴 5mo
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Addison_Reads
Mehso-so

This book was actually between a so-so and a pan for me. I loved the setting, as the author takes us back and forth between Florida and North Carolina, slowly revealing Thea's story. I just couldn't connect with any of the characters. I found them lacking in depth and boring.

This takes another one off my TBR list from long ago and marks off my letter Y for #LitsyAtoZ @BookishMarginalia

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Reviewsbylola
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Mehso-so

The Depression. Teenage Thea is sent away to boarding school after being caught in a romantic transgression. She struggles with being abandoned by her family and the shame she feels for her behavior.

This is a struggle for me to review because my feelings are mixed. I loved the setting, time period, and plot. I felt it meandered too much. I felt there was a disconnect. By the end I was skimming some paragraphs. #booked2018 #setatschool

emilyhaldi Ugh, so frustrating when a book leaves you skimming at the end 😏 1y
Cinfhen Oooh, this book was on the bargain table yesterday and I took a pass - so now I‘m feeling like I earned a $5 credit towards a new book 😜 helpful review!!! 1y
Cathythoughts I agree @emilyhaldi that is a very frustrating feeling ... after getting so far , only to skim 😡 1y
Mdargusch I read this so long ago, I don‘t remember much except the setting. 1y
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Cheekymom3
Bailedbailed

I wanted to love this book ... I so did but after reading 150 pages I didn‘t give a shit about anyone in the book... everyone was just so boring ... damn

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Blueberry
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Panpan

This was on my tbr list for a long time before I finally read it. I wish I hadn't.

#camp #readingresolutions @Jess7

CarolynM Don't you hate it when that happens? 2y
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BrainyHeroine
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Starting a book that has been on my "should read" list for a bit. The Yonahlossee Riding Camp For Girls; I've heard good things, I've heard less than good things, and that's something I love about reading: when you get drawn in by the premise of a book you as the reader get to make up your mind about it. Differing opinions be damned. That being said, I would still love to hear your thoughts!

CouronneDhiver Cute outfit! 👍🏽 2y
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Kaye
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Pickpick

This is one of those books where the reviews are all over the place. It may be due to subject matter. I thought the book was very unique. A young teen girl is sent away to camp. You know there‘s a reason why but the author only tells you a bit at a time. Excellent in audio. I consider myself a bit of a prude about certain things but this book really wasn‘t done in a disgusting manner. I thought it was different, which is good. 4🌟

Megabooks It was a pick for me too! 2y
Kaye I‘m glad to find someone else who liked it. There were some low reviews in here but I thought it was good, so thought I‘d toss out my own opinion. There may be some that don‘t agree but that‘s ok 👌 @booksandcooks 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve got a copy so I‘m glad to see you enjoyed it! 2y
Kaye I hope you like it as much as I did. @Reviewsbylola 2y
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LeahBergen
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I'm just starting this one - my "Y" title for the #LitsyAtoZ challenge.

Reviewsbylola I've been wanting to read this so I am looking forward to your review! 3y
Alfoster It's really good! 3y
Melissa_J Can't wait to hear what you think of it as I've had it on my TBR for awhile. 3y
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LeahBergen @Reviewsbylola @Melissa_J I don't understand the somewhat crappy ratings this one has been getting on here. 🤔 I'm halfway through it and really enjoying it (mind you, I have a thing for boarding school stories and I DID go away to a summer riding camp once so maybe I'm just the target audience 😆). 3y
LeahBergen @Alfoster I'm really enjoying it! 👍🏻 3y
BethFishReads I really liked it 3y
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Onioons
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Other people might actually travel the world but I mainly tick off places I visit in books 🤓So that's North Carolina added! Any suggestions for good literary fiction from the North West or the Southern States? #cantkeepreadingaboutnewyork #newyorkbooksareawesome 🇺🇸

BarbaraBB Snow falling on cedars (northwest) and A Lesson before Dying (the South) come to mind. 3y
Onioons Thanks @BarbaraBB They both look really good. Think I had heard of Snow Falling on Cedars at some stage, but A Lesson Before Dying is new and looks really good! 3y
drokka For Tennessee there's 3y
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Onioons Thanks @drokka I do love stories of outcasts & eccentrics! Appreciate that. 3y
ReadingEnvy For SC how about 3y
ReadingEnvy Also Florida 3y
ReadingEnvy For Georgia anything by Flannery O'Connor, her short stories are awesome. 3y
ReadingEnvy Eudora Welty is often Mississippi, short novels but very southern. 3y
ReadingEnvy The book I have my eye on for Washington is 3y
Onioons Wow @ReadingEnvy what an amazing mix of classic, contemporary & dystopian! Love it! The description of St Lucy's Home reminds me of The First Book Of Calamity Leek which is a favourite of mine. Thank you 😊 3y
Fantasyfan Hoot is a middle grade chapter book that takes place in Florida. It's a good book 3y
Onioons Thanks @Fantasyfan I already love the cover! 3y
ReadingEnvy @Onioons There is a story in there that is expanded to a full length novel but I prefer the magical feel of the stories to the realism of the novel! It's 3y
jdtchicago @Onioons check out bastard out of Carolina for S.C. 3y
Onioons Thanks @jdtchicago I hadn't heard of that but it sounds great! 3y
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Blueberry
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I think this story might be turning darker than I expected it to. (Excuse the flash)
Flowers from Mother's Day :)

ReadingSusan Oh my yes. I hated that book with a fiery passion. I don't mind dark but this was too much even for me. 3y
Blueberry @ReadingSusan I just finished it. It had been on my tbr list forever but now I wish it hadn't. 3y
ReadingSusan @Blueberry me too. I wish I had never read it. It made me sick. 3y
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Megabooks
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Pickpick

4🌟This book is for any woman who has navigated those treacherous waters of being sexy on the cute/pretty/sexy spectrum as a teen. Or anyone who likes horses. Or anyone who appreciates a good sex scene.

Cool aside: Anton rode on the equestrian team at Emory that my friend founded!

ApoptyGina69 I loved this too! And it was one of those impulse buys/happy surprise picks. 3y
Megabooks @ApoptyGina69 same here! Although I did read her other book this summer. 3y
ApoptyGina69 I just recently added it to my #tbr. Was thinking about you the other day...hope work is going well and you are feeling ok. So many challenges recently! I admire your strength. 😍🐾 3y
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Megabooks @ApoptyGina69 Thank you so much for thinking of me! ❤️❤️❤️ The job is fantastic! 👍🏻 My leg and back are still hurting, but I think I've worked out how to take meds for it and go to work. Plus all the walking I'm doing is helping. 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Loved this book!! I wasnt sure what to expect but was captivated. Writing was superb. 3y
Megabooks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Agreed! Great impulse buy! 3y
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Megabooks
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I'm doing pretty well reading a print book even though text is still swimming online and in print due to meds!

The narration on Perfect Little World is perfection, and the story is good too.

Rainn's book is actually a funny entry into the #ArmchairAudies #humor category, but will it win?

Belated #TBRTuesday

LitHousewife I ❤ Rainn!!! I need to give his audiobook a try. 3y
Notafraidofwords I'm so happy that you're back to reading print. 3y
Reviewsbylola I want to read Yonahlossee. 3y
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Megabooks @LitHousewife Yes! It is very funny! You'd probably enjoy it! 3y
Megabooks @Notafraidofwords Me too, but as you'll see in my next post, I had four more library audiobooks come in, so I'll be reading Yonahlossee more slowly than I hoped! 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola It's really good so far. Much like her second book I read this summer. She has a bit of a formula, and it works for me. 3y
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Megabooks
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@faelinwolf I'm already using your super cute bookmarks!

More good news: My parents bought me three #audible credits for Valentine's Day!! 🎉🎉🎉📚📚💜💚💛

britt_brooke Awesome!! 3y
Megabooks @britt_brooke Thank you! 3y
The_Prehistoric_Bookworm Nice bookmark! 3y
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ReadingMeagan
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Mehso-so

This book wasn't at all what I thought it was going to be, I think I was expecting more of a happy memoir/chick lit/ light hearted novel. Instead it is a coming of age novel with dark undertones? I don't want to spoil anything, but it was a lot more sexual then I was expecting (not that it is a bad thing. Just surprising).

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LeahBergen
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#TitlesStartingWithXYZ I have these two tentatively slated as "Y" and "Z" picks for the #LitsyAtoZ challenge but I'm still trying to come up with an "X". ? #SeasonsReadings2016

vivastory Did you hear about the series about Zelda Fitzgerald? Christina Ricci is playing her. 3y
Hobbinol Hope to read your Z sometime! And how fabulous @vivastory ! 3y
vivastory @hobbinol it's either Amazon or Netflix. I forget which 3y
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LeahBergen @vivastory @Hobbinol I hadn't heard about that! 3y
RealLifeReading Nice picks! 3y
mrp27 I almost picked The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for my Y! 3y
tpixie Great picks!!! I googled 'book X' and came up with some cook book covers! Good luck! 3y
tpixie @vivastory cool!! I didn't know about that!! 3y
LeahBergen @tpixie oh! I'll do that, too. Thanks for the idea! 3y
tpixie @LeahBergen lol ' cool' 😎 book covers - not cook book!! 3y
LeahBergen @tpixie Oh!!! 😂😂😂 3y
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Haweller
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Mehso-so

I do believe that the decisions we make today inform and shape our futures. This book tells that story threw the decisions Thea makes during her 15th year. Sometimes careless and selfish, sometimes loving and self sacrificing. Always dedicated to her love of riding and her horses. In several places you want to warn her not to chose that path but...the build is slow, the "crime" predictable and the outcome a bit sad.

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AJH2215
Mehso-so

Different story, characters well written.

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wisebravegirl
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This guy is my favorite bookmark. ❤️ #booktober

Nuwanda So cute! I'll be looking for your review of this one. It's on my TBR list when my Halloween reading is done! 3y
wisebravegirl @Nuwanda I'm not actively reading this, this is actually my cat's copy 😂 he always tries to sleep on the books I read so I gave him this one to cuddle with permanently! Yes, my cat has his own book collection 😳 3y
Suzze I don't dare show this to Tink, as she'll demand her own book too! 😀😀😀 3y
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wisebravegirl @Suzze haha!!! But it's nice to share your books with other book lovers! As long as you don't mind the occasional teeth marks... 😉 3y
Nuwanda @wisebravegirl Ha! That's about my favorite thing I've heard this week! Love it! 3y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Oh my goodness, he's super adorable!!! 3y
Vickykc Awww, what a cutie :) and very distracting but in a nice way. 3y
auntie_jenn i love him! 3y
erinreads My cat does this too! 😻 3y
WhatDeeReads So determined to be a good bookmark! I will stay here and be the bookmark you need me to be. Adorable! 3y
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AJH2215
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"This iced tea was thick and syrupy, and, I had to admit, delicious. Years later I'd crave this iced tea, its cool weight on my tongue, the bitterness of the strong tea offset by the copious amounts of sugar; I'd learn that to miss the Yonahlossee sweet tea was something of a tradition among us."

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Megabooks
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I'm unsure whether or not to buy. There is not much in the Litsy archives. (Money is tight right now or else I'd definitely spring for it.) I liked but didn't love The After Party.

Does anyone have an opinion?

catieohjoy I really liked it! I haven't read The After Party, though, so I'm not sure how they compare. 3y
MMFinck I loved loved loved it!! Def get it! 3y
LeahBergen I have it on my shelf but haven't got to it yet. 😬 3y
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LitHousewife I wasn't able to finish it, but I think I was in the minority. 3y
Stephanie-Anne I wanted to like this. Very beautiful, angsty writing, interesting setting. And horses! But the protagonist was very unlikeable (for me), and by the end, I really didn't care how things ended up for her...😕 3y
rubyslippersreads I had the same reaction as @Stephanie-Anne--all the elements should have added up to a book I loved, but they didn't. 3y
Suzze I liked it, but didn't love it. 3y
Megabooks @catieohjoy @MMF @LeahBergen @LitHousewife @Stephanie-Anne @rubyslippersreads @Suzze I've decided to put it off for now and see if my library will get it. Tough decision, but I don't feel like reading it now, and I'm afraid of it getting buried on my Kindle. Thanks for the helpful opinions!!!! 😃👍🏻😃👍🏻 3y
Stephanie-Anne @Ebooksandcooks I was going to say that this would be a good one to borrow from the library. 😉 3y
Kaye I listened to this on audio and really enjoyed it. Very "different " type of book but it held my interest. 3y
MMFinck I bet it'll be at your library. Pretty darn sure. (I tot understand about not wanting to buy it only to have it sit on your kindle unread. I bought a whole series at the beginning of the summer. Unread still. Ugh.) :) 3y
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HardcoverHearts
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This book is on sale today in ebook formats through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and iBooks. I am a sucker for the young girl at boarding school trope so I was hooked. This would be a great end of summer read. (As you can see- I'm not done with summer yet!) It's 1.99 which is always a price I like for my impulse buys!

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AmandaSextonFerguson
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Floating in my favorite cove. #lastdaysofsummer

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bookoflastpages
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"It has always been a great comfort to me that I could bring a book anywhere, to any place. To any part of my life."

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JDR
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It's nowhere near the 24 hour mark...but I'm happy with 11 hours of reading this weekend. #24in48 #readathon

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ApoptyGina69

I read a couple reviews elsewhere stating the characters aren't believable, plot is too far-fetched, etc. I enjoyed it nonetheless. Finished in one day.

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Chelschels
Pickpick

While waiting for "The After Party" ordered TYRGCfG , wasn't sure what to expect but I really enjoyed the read. Love that era, girls, women on the verge of having a life outside of what is expected

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Courtwalk
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Perfect summer reading choice for a Floridalina girl. #summerreading #kahwacoffeebreak #

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Bookartbookmarks
Mehso-so

This book brought me back to what is bad about school and being a girl. All of those feelings of not knowing your place in the world. Truly gave me anxiety.

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