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The A Circuit [Paperback]

Georgina Bloomberg , Catherine Hapka
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17 Jun 2011 A Circuit

The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse shows. It's a world with its own rules and superprivileged lifestyles. Teens travel the circuit all year, showing horses that cost as much as some homes.

Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has been paid for with hours of cleaning stalls. She's used to the grueling schedule, but Fitz, the barn's resident hot guy, is about to become a major distraction. And then there's Zara. She's the wild child of a famous rockstar, but she's ready to take riding seriously. Can a party girl really change her ways?

Readers who enjoy peeking into the elite world of Gossip Girl or The A-List will feel right at home in this new series with its friendships, drama, and privilege set against the backdrop of competitive horseback riding.

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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (17 Jun 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599906341
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599906348
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.2 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,071,438 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The A-List meets horses in this new series about privileged teens and fierce competition

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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing! 7 Feb 2013
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This book is brilliant. Set in the competive world of showjumping, this book follows 3 main characters, Tommi-daughter of a billonare. An extremely talented rider who has got where she is through talent rather than her dad's money, Kate- a working pupil and talented and dedicated rider who comes from a poor family and has a mother with OCD, and Zara-a sexy, spoiled yet talented rider who is used to getting her own way and has never taken anything seriously. Tommi and Kate are best friends and love spending time at the barn and shows, working hard to make it to the top. However, when Zara starts to board her horses at the barn she brings with her chaos and plenty of drama. When Zara's recklessness costs a promising young horse his carer, will Tommi and Kate leave her to her fate or will they help her to stay at the one place that she is starting to feel like she belongs.
I found that all the characters were extremely believable, and were written with plenty of depth to them- hardly any of the characters were portrayed as 'all good' or 'all bad'. Other all an extremely good read for an excellent price, and i throughtly recommended it for any horsey teenagers. A note for an english rider, as this book is an american novel it refers to showjumping as showing.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An Enjoyable Read 29 May 2011
By Lauren - Published on
Ever since Gossip Girl and The A-List, two of my favorite guilty pleasure series, ended, I have been trying to find the next flashy and light series to replace them. Luckily, I think I just may have found what I have been looking for in The A Circuit, Georgina Bloomberg & Catherine Hapka's new look into the exclusive would of horses, wealthy girls, and the secrets that tie them together.

For Kate and Tommi, the world of horse showing is everything. Addictive, fun, and fully of plenty of rewards, both are willing to sacrifice nearly anything to be the best of the best. For Kate, this means working herself to the ground so she can compete and work with one of the best trainers in the country, and for Tommi, this means going against what her father and sister think is the best for her. However, everything changes when Zara comes to town. Flashy, wealthy, and snarky, Zara is the queen of mean, and because of this, she quickly winds up on the bad sides of Tommi and Kate. What happens, though, when you throw in one bad boy player, a party, and a disaster that may change everything? Will Kate, Tommi, and Zara come to the rescue? Or will their bitter feud ruin everything? Only time and more pages can tell in this glossy read sure to enchant even the most reluctant of readers.

While this book did not continue the most developed of characters, I still did enjoy reading about Kate, Tommi, and Zara in their alternating perspectives. My favorites out of the bunch would probably have to be Kate and Tommi, because not only did I find their friendship an interesting side to the story, but I also enjoyed how they were more "real" then Zara. The addition of Fitz, the player, was also interesting, though I sometimes felt his character was all over the place, and because of it, I never knew if I should like him, love him, or hate him.

The most exciting part of The A Circuit though would have to be the focus on horses. When I was little, I used to love horse reads- even though I was terrified of riding horses myself- and because of this, I loved seeing the behind the scene of horse shows and all the determination and work that is put in to be the best of the best.

The ending is this was also good enough to make me not only curious to see what will happen next the characters, but also happy that it was not exactly cliff-hanger-ish.

Full of horses, drama, and a dose of depth, The A Circuit is a great lazy day read.

Grade: B
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3.0 out of 5 stars Where's the love? 8 Sep 2011
By Jenny Vincent - Published on
I'm a rider, and let's face it, there are not enough horse novels out there for the likes of us! But while I was happy to find 'The A Circuit', the book fell flat for me.

There's not much of a plot, as the story simply follows the lives of four riders for part of a show season, but that doesn't have to be a problem (remember Sisterhood of the Travelling Pants?). The main issue, as others have mentioned, is that none of the characters are very likeable. Kate is a basket case in the making. Fritz seems to be riding because it puts him at the center of an ocean of readily-available girls, and Zara is riding for kicks. It must be hard to be the child of a rock star, and I think Zara could have been a very interesting character, but any sympathy we might have felt for her is quashed by the fact that she has no redeeming qualities whatsoever. Tommi comes across as a pretty typical wealthy girl living in a bubble.

After a while you begin to wonder why any of the characters chose riding as a sport, because none of them seem particularly fond of horses, as evidenced by the scene where the horse got hurt - everyone seemed more worried about getting in trouble than about the horse. Some people might think that's the way things are on the A circuit, but in other horse books (The Perfect Distance, Blaze of Glory) the characters riding at that level actually CARE about their horses, which adds much-needed depth to the story.

As a side note, the language started to bother me by the end - I don't know any actual teenagers who use the words 'like' and 'whatever' in every second sentence. If you're looking for a Gossip-girl-type of story about rich people interacting without ever really connecting, you'll like this book. But if you're looking for something with heart, this isn't it.
32 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad Trash 22 July 2011
By Colleen Britton Casanova - Published on
Last night, I finally finished reading The A Circuit, the first in a series of young adult novels that gives the down and dirty DL on the glamorous lives of top equestrians.

It was the absolute worst book I have ever read. Its vapidity is second only to that of its author, Georgina Bloomberg, daughter of the mayor of New York, and on whom the book is obviously based. In fact, all of the actually writing was done by the co-author, Catherine Hapka, who seems only too happy to cater to Bloomberg's egotism and wealth.

As far as plot, The A Circuit reads like an episode of The Hills. Events are based purely on the characters' motivations for sex and success, and very little horsemanship is discussed. As for the cast populating this scintillating novel, the main character is a dead-ringer for the "author" herself - so good, so driven, so talented, and, of course, so beautiful. Everyone else is some crony or another, enemies and frenemies alike.

And, as if that weren't enough, the pages are filled with sexism, homophobia, and racism. The only males featured in the story are either chauvinistic playboys or don't "swing that way," thus rending themselves irrelevant. The stable staff is largely Hispanic, the most prominent of which is, of course, an illegal immigrant. Add copious doses of under-aged drinking and drug use, and, well, you really don't have much of anything at all - only what Stephen King's mother would anecdotally refer to as "bad trash."

Overall, this book was a mind-numbing disappointment. It was hyped by all the major publications and blogs, but for what? I bought it knowing full well that it would be dishy, but I had no idea it would be so remarkably bad. Needless to say, I will not be following the adventures of Tommi, Zara (yes), and Kate. I see no need, and can only imagine where their tiny little fictional lives will lead them. Really, one star is one too many.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No stars 23 Dec 2011
By Believer - Published on
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Once more, I have failed to find a well-written horse novel. "The A Circuit" is a shallow, plastic trash wallow a la Jilly Cooper, without the gratuitous specifics. The unsympathetic stereotypical characters have no redeeming value. The only positive thing I can come up with is that there are no grammar or spelling errors. A good book leaves me feeling refreshed. This one left me wanting a shower.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars I disapprove. 19 Oct 2011
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I saw the author interviewed on TODAY, and thought because it involved teenage girls and horses, it would be suitable for my granddaughter. After I read it, I simply donated it to the largest library in the area, and did not share it with my granddaughter. It focuses on silly teen girl rivalries, potential sex, and very little on the sometimes beautiful experiences teenage girls can have with animals.
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