Monday, December 9, 2013

Book Review: Horse Sense by Lapo Melzi

Horse Sense by +Lapo Melzi 

There’s nothing easy about being an eleven year old boy, especially for Jamie. As he takes the unsteady steps into adolescence, his days of knowing who his friends are and trusting the adults in his life are numbered. The only thing Jamie can really count on in this changing world is the love of his best friend, a horse named Acorn. Jamie and Acorn’s friendship has a magic that comes once in a lifetime—but the bullies around them want to rip that to shreds. Can their kindred connection survive as Jamie strives to carve out his identity?

*I was given a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review*

It's been a while since I've read a story with such a young protagonist, but it didn't really matter. As someone who was bullied myself growing up it was easy to relate to Jamie. Although I didn't have a horse to play with! 

Besides being a story about finding yourself and being true to who you are, and overcoming bullies, I liked the bond between Jamie and Acorn. This book is a perfect example of how important animal relationships can be to humans. When Jamie had no friends Acorn was there for him, giving him the support he needed. I think most people have an animal in their life (at some point in their life that is) that touches them and comforts them. This book explores that bond and showcases how a simple relationship can change a life. 

About the Author

Lapo Melzi is a poet, writer and filmmaker. He grew up in a little town in the north of Italy and went on to study writing and filmmaking in New York. He received his MFA from renowned NYU Tisch School of the Arts and now spends his time between the United States and Italy.