Monday, February 22, 2010

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Jeannette Walls's book Half Broke Horses is the true story of Walls's grandmother, Lily Casey Smith. Growing up on a ranch in Arizona with her parents and two younger siblings, Lily felt there was something more in life for her. At a young age, she began teaching and traveled across the country. Half Broke Horses takes the reader through Lily's life from work, to marriage, to raising her own family. It's a true testament to the struggle women had during the Great Depression.

Out of all the books I have reviewed for Flamingnet, Half Broke Horses is my favorite. The true accounts of Lily's life were so detailed, it almost felt like I knew her. Walls was able to portray Lily's thoughts and emotions through a first-person narrative. Lily's life was so extraordinary. She lived every day to its fullest and truly lived to the statement, "Live like you were dying." This book has inspired me to do the same. I can't just live every day thinking of what could I do, but instead, do it. I can't rave about this book enough. I got my mother to read it, and she loved it just as much as I did. Anyone who wants to read an inspirational book, without wanting to be preached to, this book is for you.

There are some curse words in the novel.

Reviewer Age:18

Reviewer City, State and Country: Villa Hills, KY USA