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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Tinder Press
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755395190
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755395194
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 2.7 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By dally33 on 20 July 2013
Format: Hardcover
"Southern decorum, family secrets ... DiSclafani is wildly talented and this is a sexy, suspenseful, gorgeously written book". After reading this quote on the back of the book The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls I was very much looking forward to reading this debut novel.

The book begins with the main character, Thea being taken by her father to the riding camp fro girls in the Blue Ridge Mountains from her home in Florida, her first time away from home, being sent away after an incident that had brought shame on her family, leaving her to cope with her feelings of guilt. The novel is set in the 1920's.

The story unravels slowly as we learn piece by piece the reason that Thea was sent away to the school. As time goes by and she begins to wonder if she ever wants to return home to her isolated existence she begins to mature and embarks on a risqué affair with the head teacher.
The plot was not very original and I felt that I always knew what was coming next. I was not sure wether the indented audience for the book was teenage girls or adults, to begin with it read more like a teenage novel but as the book progressed and the sex scenes began I was not really sure who the target audience was.

All in all it was a pleasant enough read, although I prefer a bit more suspense and to be kept guessing in the books that I read. It was very easy to follow, no confusing plot lines or in-depth descriptive prose. I would recommend it for a quick holiday read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Denis Vukosav on 23 May 2014
Format: Paperback
Thea Atwell is not easy to love. She is somewhat spoiled, lazy and seemingly insensitive towards others' needs and feelings. Her longing are not common for fifteen year-old girl, desires are forbidden, and passions are getting out of control very easily. Her parents know that, and because of that reason they will send her to a riding camp Yonahlossee, reserved exclusively for girls. In their view, this is done for Thea to learn behaving in the company of other girls and adults. But Thea thinks that being in Yonahlossee is punishment for the shame she had inflicted on family and the way how the parents got rid of her.

If the reader wants to be fair critic to this girl, we should think how difficult was to grow up in the American South, in the wake of the Great Depression, only a few years after women in the United States gained the right to vote, at a time when the girls were still only the daughters of their fathers. For Thea additional weight for growing up was the alienation of her family from the rest of the world, while her twin brother Sam and two years older brother George are the only boys in her world. And the first sexual curiosities and turning to desires into a young woman's body, directed to the first available person of the opposite sex.

It is this "sin" that leads her to Yonahlossee, equestrian camp and boarding school for girls – Thea’s new home in the most sensitive year of her life when she started growing up and maturing. There comes to the fore her love of horses, riding talent, but also a tendency towards forbidden, inaccessible or impossible, regardless of whether it is the question of the equestrian feats or unusual and forbidden relationship with twice elderly camp director, Mr. Holmes.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Purpleheart TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 21 Nov. 2013
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'I was fifteen years old when my parents sent me away to the Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls'. The opening sentence gives a flavour of this coming of age story. Thea has done something bad and has been 'sent' to the camp in Carolina from Florida and her parents 'did not trust me enough to let me ride the train alone.' The novel is set in 1930 and in the depression, but Thea's family lead a life of privilege and have 'family money,' so can send their daughter to the sheltered equestrian boarding school. In the opening pages Thea narrates how little she knew about the depression and how her father's patients come to be unable to pay him even with garden produce as the depression worsens. I thought the contrast between the harsh realities of the outside world and the boarding school world was handled well by Anton DiSclafani - the school is "an island of rich girls in the middle of the poorest." DiSclafani uses the enclosed world to spotlight the role of women at the time - "I was a young woman when young women were powerless," says Thea and I thought that was one of the more interesting aspects of the novel. Unfortunately, the characters are ciphers with the exception of Thea and the slow reveal of her disgrace distances us from her. If you read boarding school novels when you were a girl - as I did - I suspect you'll have more time for this than many.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By CharmaineTill on 7 Feb. 2014
Format: Paperback
Thea is a complicated, imperfect, totally screwed up character who still manages, at times, to be loving, brave and kind. Thea is very much a product of her circumstances, and she does the best she can with what she has. Most importantly, she survives, and she learns to accept herself for who she is. Sure, she makes some terrible choice , but this makes Thea an honest, if flawed, character, and that's something I can appreciate."

Set in the Depression era, I was initially drawn to this book because, of course, horses were involved. I love the relationship between girls and their horses and how that stays with them throughout their lives. I had mixed emotions about Thea and her behavior but I still cared about her.
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