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Dark Horses
by Cecily Von Ziegesar


Overview - From the iconic author of Gossip Girl , a dark and brilliant addition to girl-meets-horse canon

Merritt Wenner has been adrift ever since the untimely death of her grandmother. After skipping out on the SATs to go on a bender, she wakes up to discover that her absentee parents have committed her to Good Fences, a residential equine-assisted therapy program.  Read more...


 
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    Published: 2017-10-03
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Overview
From the iconic author of Gossip Girl, a dark and brilliant addition to girl-meets-horse canon

Merritt Wenner has been adrift ever since the untimely death of her grandmother. After skipping out on the SATs to go on a bender, she wakes up to discover that her absentee parents have committed her to Good Fences, a residential equine-assisted therapy program.

Red, a thoroughbred racing reject, is a terror in the barn. He's never felt an attachment to anyone . . . until he meets Merritt. They belong together. Soon they're sneaking off for late-night rides, which is strictly against the rules. Their talent does not go unnoticed. Sprung from Good Fences by the facility's mysterious benefactor, Merritt and Red plunge into the competitive equestrian circuit--with all its seductive glamour and twisted jealousies. After a tragic incident, Merritt must choose between the boy she's fallen for and the horse she loves.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781616955175
  • ISBN-10: 1616955171
  • Publisher: Soho Teen
  • Publish Date: September 2016
  • Page Count: 336
  • Reading Level: Ages 14-UP
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 6 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds


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  • Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
  • Review Date: 2016-07-04
  • Reviewer: Staff

Gossip Girl author Von Ziegesar turns her attention to the competitive horse show circuit. Seventeen-year-old loner Merritt Wenner, still mourning her grandmother’s unexpected death a year ago, resorts to destructive behavior that gets her self-absorbed parents to seek help for her at an equine therapy program in Connecticut. There Merritt meets Red, an unruly former racehorse. Riding together cements their bond and leads Merritt to train and compete with Red alongside an attractive Californian named Carvin, with Beatrice, an unstable teen, as Red’s groom. Alternating narratives switch between the viewpoints of Merritt and Red, the latter an unusual choice that doesn’t entirely pay off: while it foreshadows the dangerous extent of Red’s intense feelings for Merritt, his frequent invoking of misheard song lyrics (“We were an island in the stream. Sweet dreams were made of bliss”) and other anthropomorphized commentary tends to grate as the plot intensifies. Still, Von Ziegesar’s knowledge of equestrian competition and the compelling pairing of a troubled horse with an equally scarred teenager make this an engaging, if somewhat predictable read. Ages 14–up. Agent: Eric Brown, Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo. (Sept.)

 
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