Monday, February 10, 2014

No Time for Horses by Shannon Kennedy

 







Rated 4.5 stars

 

 
 
 
Vicki is a cheerleader so you probably would assume she lives a golden existence.  Not so for this teen.  She is saddled with the responsibility of five younger siblings and the upkeep of their home as well as fixing dinners and doing laundry.

Her mom is getting a divorce from her step dad and things aren’t going well.  Mom has to work too many hours and guilts Vicki if she tries to have any kind of life that a teenage girl deserves.

Luckily, Vicki has a supportive group of friends and a super boyfriend who understands her plight and helps her as much as possible.

Even a terrible accident doesn’t make Vicki’s mother or step dad see the light.  Only the intervention of a caring court-appointed counselor begins to change Vicki’s life for the better.  She can finally begin to live her life as a teen age girl instead of an unpaid nanny.

 I really liked Vicki a lot.  She was great with her younger siblings and had a loving relationship with each of them.  The younger kids were well written and believable.

Vicki began to stick up for herself and even though she sounded defiant and angry at times, she had valid points and I was glad she found some adults to help her.

Her boyfriend, Jack was a superhero.  She even called him that.  He was there for her and her siblings too.  Of course, he was handsome and made her heart flutter as all good boyfriends should.

As always in the Shamrock Stable Series, the friends are supportive and loving and understanding of one another.  Their strongest bond is the love they have of horses and everything to do with them including mucking stalls!  I really like this group of friends and look forward to reading more about them.

This is the book that preceded Deck the Stalls which I already reviewed and it was a good lead in to the story.

If you are a fan of horses or you just like a story about a good group of friends, I strongly suggest you read No Time for Horses.
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