Friday, February 19, 2016
The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls by Anton Disclafani
Fifteen-year-old Thea Atwell is sent away from home to a boarding school after tragedy strikes her family during the Great Depression. As Thea is adjusting to living with many girls she is also learning more about who she is and exactly what she wants.
This is truly a book of heart-breaking family dysfunction. I am still feeling such a deep mourning for Thea in all that she lost and missed out on. Thea did make mistakes but my heart and mind goes to my own family and how we respond to mistakes and tragedy. We eventually break through the grief to a stronger bond. Thea has to come out on the other side on her own with no true support from her family. Although, she does have to walk a lonely road she matures and develops into exactly who she should be.
I enjoyed the hopping from past to present as that gave a fuller picture of the story. Anton Disclafani did an excellent job of giving Thea a true to life voice of a child becoming a woman in the face of calamity. I'm so glad that she also kept the ending consistent with the reality of what would happen with such a family as this.
I rated this 4/5 stars and recommend it.