Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Book Review: Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger

Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monninger
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publish Date: November 8, 2011
Hardcover, 240 pages 
Fiction, Young Adult
 ISBN: 978-0385739429

My Review:
Finding Somewhere was a very captivating book.  It's a look at two girls who rescue/steal a horse and leave town to take the horse across the country to set it free. But at the same time they are escaping the small town life that they are imprisoned in and trying out their legs for the first time as well.

I enjoyed Finding Somewhere.  I thought the plot moved along at a good pace.  I enjoyed reading about the different towns Hattie and Delores went through.  I was also fascinated with their interactions with each other and with people they meet along the way.  It's not an action book but the plot keeps you turning the pages.  I pretty much read this in one sitting and really enjoyed it.

Hattie and Delores were interesting characters.  A GED program and their love of horses brought them together.  They are alike in a lot of ways that are explored in the book and they are different too.  I really enjoyed getting to know them through their conversations and through Hattie's thoughts.  They make a good pair and an interesting pair of friends.  I cared about them and wanted to know what would happen to them.  That is really what kept me turning the pages was the needing to know what would happen to them.

I feel Finding Somewhere is an enjoyable coming-of-age novel that I enjoyed from the first page until the last.  I haven't read any of Mr. Monninger's other books, but he will definitely be on my radar from now on.

My Rating: 4.5/5.0

About the Book:
Two girls: Best friends Hattie and Delores feel that life in their small New Hampshire town is a dead end.
One horse: Old and about to be put down, Speed gets a reprieve when Hattie and Delores decide to save him.
A road trip: Determined to set Speed free, Hattie and Delores drive him west in search of rangeland. But the road takes some unexpected turns as the girls get their own taste of freedom—and as they confront the reasons they left home.

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FTC Information: I received this book through Teen Book Scene for an honest review. 


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