Thursday, September 22, 2011

Half Broke Horses by Jeannette Walls

Basic Plot

This book was based on the true life story of the author's grandmother Lily Casey Smith. Lily was spunky, resourceful child who grew up to be a resilient and amazing woman. Despite having odds stacked against her, she managed to persevere and adapt to every imaginable situation. Breaking in wild horses, learning to drive an automobile and even a plane, also teaching kids in distant one-pony towns across the deserts. 

What I liked about this book

It is said that in order to write a great book, one must find a great story. The story of Lily Casey Smith is definitely a great story. Her life was told with such straightforwardness and honesty that every character in this book came to life. Lily Casey was not only a survivor, she was a fighter. An inspirational read.

What I disliked about the book

Nothing much really. I loved it.

A quote I liked from the book

God had saved us, but had also taken our house from us. Whether as payment for saving us or as punishment because we didn't deserve it, I couldn't say. Maybe he was just giving us a kick in the behind to say: Time to move on.

Rating: 4.5/5

Thanks to Lydia for lending me this book.



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