Book reviews are subjective. I tend to rate books not according to how “perfect” they are, seem to be, or are said to be in general but rather to how perfect they are to me.
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
(Click the title to find the book description/blurb.)
Kit, an American teenager attending equestrian school in England, is getting used to life at Covington Academy. But she’s still not exactly adjusted to life without her mother, even though Kit’s widowered father, Rudy, might be moving on. And if Kit’s favorite but unpredictable horse, TK, doesn’t perform well in the upcoming House Cup, TK may be sent away from Covington in Ride: Competing for the Cup by author Bobbi JG Weiss.
You don’t have to be familiar with the related television show to enjoy this second Ride novel, but it’ll help a lot if you read Book One first.
I was prepared for this novel’s measure of corniness, and as with the first book, the style sometimes felt more middle grade to me than young adult. But, hey, YA books have levels, so I think tweens and some younger teens can get a kick out of this.
It took me longer to get into this one, as something about the plot and/or emotional development felt a bit disjointed to me. I’m glad I stuck with it, though. It’s a worthwhile read overall, rather hilarious at times and rather touching at others, and Kit learns some important lessons. Also, while one twist comes too suddenly out of left field (unless I missed something earlier in the story), I like that I couldn’t predict the story’s every turn.
Now, the abrupt ending in a tough spot definitely requires another book to resolve it. Not my favorite way to end a novel, but I’m invested enough in Kit, Rudy, and a couple others at the academy to have a genuine interest in Book Three.
Here’s my review of Book Three, Ride: The Search for TK.