I have a dirty little secret… I love teen lit. Can’t help it! Years as an English major pretty much satisfied my need for the classics, and every since then I pretty much read trash (but not Nicholas Sparks… I draw the line at Nicholas Sparks hate hate hate hate hate). Teen lit + equestrian lit = total Lauren happy, so thus enters Georgina Bloomberg’s brainchild, The A Circuit series.
Literary genius, these are not. To sum up the whole series, I can tell you:
- They’re quick reads
- There’s teen drama (boys and booze oh my!)
- There’s fancy ponies
The characters aren’t one dimensional, but they’re close. Three main girls fall into pretty heavy stereotypes – rich girl that works hard and is serious, working student that is talented even though she doesn’t have the money to play, party girl that wants to show everyone she has what it takes.
I probably sound very harsh, but let me tell you the good thing about these books. Hunter/jumper nerds will rejoice. Rein It In, the fourth installment in the series, follows the indoor circuit and we get to go to a few big indoor shows. The girls play in all three rings, and although the writing isnt so detailed you’re getting a chart of the course it still satisfies my “living the AA life” thirst.
Even though the books aren’t 100% horsey, all of the drama happens in the barn. This isn’t a series that horses a picture of a horse on the cover to draw you in, and then abandon the barn all together. All three plot lines are heavily ingrained in the circuit.
Speaking of covers, they’re awful for these books. Just ignore them and get to reading.
At around $8 bucks a pop for an e-reader version, they aren’t super cheap. For me though, it’s the perfect book when I need a break from reality. If I’ve got two to three hours free, I can read one in its entirety.
Overall: Great horse details. A must for hunter/jumper enthusiasts, but if teen drama makes your stomach turn, probably not the series for you.