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Saturday, 11 May 2013

The One Dollar Horse by Lauren St John

Hello Everyone!

I have wanted to read this book for a long time, in fact, I specifically remember wanting to read it during summer last year, so when I found this little gem at the library I had to have it, and I get it I did. Here is my review:

Title: The One Dollar Horse
Author: Lauren St John
Series: The One Dollar Horse #1
Published: March 1st 2012
No. of Pages: 224

Fifteen year old Casey Blue lives in East London’s grimmest tower block and volunteers at a local riding school, but her dream is to win the world’s greatest Three Day Event: the Badminton Horse Trials. When she rescues a starving, half-wild horse, she’s convinced that the impossible can be made possible. But she has reckoned without the consequences of her father’s criminal record, or the distraction of a boy with melty, dark eyes, with whom she refuses to fall in love. Casey learns the hard way that no matter how high you jump, or how fast you gallop, you can never outrun the past.

                                         4 stars: Page decides that this book was very enjoyable
                                         however, it was not catapulted into amazing.

My Thoughts:

My first thoughts upon seeing this book: It has pink pages! The pages are outlined in pink so in my head this book was already classified as amazing, well the story helped too. Seriously, I loved the whole premise of the story and I have a very soft spot for animals so Storm definitely gained a place in my heart.

Casey Blue has always lived in London with her father, Roland Blue, an man who once made a mistake and assisted in a robbery: he just had the misfortune of getting caught. Casey's mother died when she was little, so with her father struggling to get a job because of his record, they have always scraped by with the council's allowance and have long-standing jokes about what ingredients are missing from certain dishes. 
Casey is happy: she loves her dad, and she's got a wonderful best friend, even if she is 63 years old. Casey even volunteers to work at Hope Lane (Dubbed Hopeless Lane by Casey) riding centre where she gets to work around the animals she loves, horses. However, there is one thing missing.
Casey has always dreamt of going to the Badminton Horse Trials, and her father always tells her that she has to follow her dreams no matter what anyone says, and that year, Casey sees the first sign of hope that her dream could come true.
After going to a job interview with her dad, they encounter a frightened, emaciated horse escaping from a knacker's yard, and Casey knows instantly that she can't just leave him. To make the deal legal, she had to pay some money, and what could be better than the US dollar they found lying around?
Storm, the horse, is in terrible condition, but with the help of Mrs Smith, her best friend, she gets him back to good health and even though he still isn't the picture of a Badminton horse, the potential is definitely there. After convincing Mrs Smith to help her, they start competing at events, and even though some are a complete disaster they still get through to the next stages. They finally get a sponsor from Ladyhawke enterprises, and all the financial problems that Casey was struggling with, disappear. Suddenly, Badminton has the possibility of becoming a reality.

The rest of the book involves Casey as she goes through all the rest of the events needed to get to Badminton and an awful problem involving Storm and a very mean rider. By the way, there is a very handsome farrier's son in the book, more about him later..

There was one thing that did annoy me in the book: It takes place over the course of two years. I understand that this is because that was the shortest amount of time in which Casey could get to Badminton, but it still annoyed me. I think that was because Casey is about two years older by the time I finished the book. Also, most of the time towards the end was spent talking about the events Casey was doing well/not so well in to get to Badminton, except for the aforementioned awful event.

Onto the characters: I loved Casey because she is just so humble and even though she doesn't have much money, she never complains or starts whining about anything, add this to the fact that she loves Storm so much (she actually sleeps in his stable during events) you can't help but love her. Plus, she doesn't let stuck up riders get on her nerves, instead she beats them at their so-called speciality in horse riding.
Then we have Storm, who is an incredible horse and has an incredible bond with Casey. They make such an amazing pair.
Now, I have to mention Peter, who I can't help loving. Casey and Peter are perfect for each other, but it took such a long for them (I say them, I mean Casey) to notice that it was frustrating for me to read. Don't worry though, it is all okay.
There is also Mrs Smith: A sweet old lady who also has a passion for horses, just like Casey. She is a very important character, because NOTHING would have been possible had she not been there.

If you love horses, do yourself a favour and read this book, you won't regret it. I Promise. Even though I haven't read the second book yet, I'm already hoping that there will be a third book. No pressure..


rita xo

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