That’s Not Hay in My Hair by Juliette Turner: A Book Review

_233_380_Book.1859.coverNew York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat … all by themselves.

Juliette couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written.

Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.

My Review: As an adult, I still enjoy a good bit of YA and Juvenile Fiction, so I was looking forward to reading this book. I loved the storyline for this book. A young girl moves with her mom from big city New York life, to a ranch in Texas. I thought this could be a really interesting story, but I feel like it fell quite short.

There really was no plot to this book. It seemed like every chapter was just full of varying scenarios in which the animals escaped, ran off, got sick or fell into a precarious situation. The characters, while likable, were not developed and I would have loved to get to know them better. The story was sweet and simple, but even for juvenile fiction, I feel it could have held much more content and character development.

I am impressed overall, as this novel is written by a seventeen year old girl. It’s not easy to write a book, and it takes talent. This story lacks in a lot of ways, but it has heart and that in itself is a wonderful thing.

* I received a copy of this book free of charge from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest review.

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