YA Reviews: Rules for Riders

Rules for Rider
By: Natalie Scott
Paperback, 160 pages
Published September 6th, 2014
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After a near fatal riding accident, Bebe Barkley is banned from riding and sent off to boarding school. Finn Foxley, her roommate and partner in crime, devise a plan to get themselves kicked out of school, in order to return to the world they love. Once back on the Equestrian circuit, best friends will become deadly rivals! Enter Billy O'Reilly, Bebe's handsome trainer, who will enforce 7 Rules that will turn Bebe's world up upside down forever.

I would first like to start off by saying that I enjoyed this book because I don't remember a time where I have read a book that has an "equestrian feel" to it, and I'm soo glad that this book was the one to introduce me to it.

So to cap what the book is about (if the description wasn't enough for you hungry readers), Bebe is a 15-year-old girl (at the beginning of the book) that is introduced to King, a horse that will soon have many adventures with her. With Bebe and King, it's kind of like "love at first sight", except that it's not the actual person-to-person love, and it's more of a friendship love, and... you get the point. Her father, Colonel Barkley (who is totally one of those "here's the money, just go and do whatever, just don't give me a bad name/reputation" fathers), finally agrees to buying King from the O'Reilley family, and Billy O'Reilley (the eldest son) becomes her trainer. From there, Bebe's budding love and passion for horseback riding sprouts into something fierce. Something competitive.

Needless to say, things are never what it seems, and Bebe's father sends her off to boarding school after she falls off King and gets injured. From there, she meets Finn, starts to rebel, and explores the life around her. However, nothing is ever what it seems, and Bebe ends up learning it the hard way.

This books had its ups and downs for me. I loved how Scott was able to create the voice of a 15-year-old through her writing and really show the journey and growth of Bebe. In the beginning, I really got the feel that these thoughts were from a new teen trying to get through life and whatever was thrown at her. In the end, I felt the mature voice seep into the writing while still keeping some of the childish tone that was originally presented, because after all, it's not like Bebe is suddenly an adult at the end of the book (...right? Guess you'll have to read to find out)!

The main thing that bothered me was the tense that was used throughout the book: present. I don't know, maybe it felt weird for me because I haven't read a story that is written in present tense in a loooooong time, but it definitely caught my attention and distracted me sometimes. Moreover, there were quite a few exclamation marks used throughout the story (like when the main character was thinking to herself). I'm not sure if this would bother many people, but I've always been taught to not use them as often when writing in my Literature/Language classes, so it stood out to me the first few times I came across it. Other than that, everything else was fine (in my opinion).

Overall, this book was a good read. The plot drew me in, and everything was unique. I really hope there is a sequel to this book, because I would love to read more about the characters and what happens after!

1 comment:

  1. Great review! There was one part that made me raise a brow there and that was the characters' names...Bebe & King. Sorry, I'm from Memphis and that made me chuckle a bit... B.B. King is legendary! Perhaps the author is also a fan or maybe that's just a coincidence.


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