Race Girl by Leigh Hutton
Genre: YA Romance, Sports
Publication: March 31, 2016
Format: I received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Summary from Amazon:
Fresh on the heels of Michelle Payne’s historic Melbourne Cup win, comes a blockbuster Australian story about a Queensland girl and the ‘race that stops a nation’ . . .
Tully Athens has always dreamed of following in the footsteps of her hero Michelle Payne. Of living up to the Athens name and becoming the third generation of women from her family to rule the track. But Tully’s never been sure she’s got the nerve, and when her mother is killed in a horse racing accident, her whole world is shattered.
Six months later, in the heat of a Queensland summer, sixteen-year-old Tully is ready to face her fears. But getting back in the saddle leads to a whole lot more than she bargained for, with an out of control crush on the boy from their rival thoroughbred farm – the gorgeous but cocky larrikin Brandon Weston – and a forgotten filly with stardom in her eyes . . .
When faced with the most difficult decision of her life, will Tully choose to train and race her new filly in Melbourne? Or will she sacrifice it all to fight for love on the land that feeds her soul?
It’s only when tragedy rips everything from her that Tully finds a strength and courage she never knew she had, in this action-packed novel of passion, adventure and determination.
I really did not expect the book to be this way… I was expecting a book about racing horses and a little more lighthearted than it turned out to be.
The book is part of the Go Girls series by Leigh Hutton. I haven’t gotten the chance to read the other books but hopefully, I will have the chance later on.
The book was long and at points, rambly, which totally suits some people, but there wasn’t really any plot until halfway through. THere was a lot of things that were found out in like the last 20-30 minutes of the book and other than that, nothing else was really happening.
There were some steamy-er scenes with Tully and Brandon. They were all sweet and nothing major or scandalous happened.
There was a lot of death, betrayal, and hidden secrets in the book. Of course, there were little bits of drama throughout the book but most of it happened in the last couple of chapters when all the ugly truths came out.
Personally, I think I might have liked the book better if it was edited down a little more or some of the boring-er scenes has a little more action. I feel like these changes would really enhance the experience for the readers.
The events leading up to the end was totally unpredictable. However, the ending itself only had 2 options… winning or losing. Nonetheless, it was still a great ending.
I really liked Leigh Hutton’s style of writing. It makes you feel like you really, truly are there, in the moment. Especially in the faster paced scenes, I feel like it’s important for the reader to feel as they are in the scenes so Leigh did an amazing job with that.
The cover isn’t like we’ve never seen anything like it before (does that make sense?). I feel like the cover is really similar to other covers I’ve seen before...yet I can’t remember any specific books. The cover is just of a girl walking next to her horse and a guy on her other side through some trees. I’m assuming the girl is Tully, the guy is Brandon, and the horse is Delilah. It is a really simple and clean cover though.
Overall I give the book a 6/10 (3/5 stars). The book really disappointed me. I feel like it dragged on for too long and the story could have been more efficiently told in about half the size of the book. The romance was sweet but a little disappointing. I would recommend the book to people who enjoy reading about horseback riding because as a person who knows nothing about horseback riding, it was a bit confusing.
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