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Its a bout a little orphan girl who has been there her entire life and has yet to get adopted. So after her best friend gets adopted and her favorite horse freedom dies. She decides to run away and cut all of her hair off so she could pretend to be a boy. She get a job driving stage coaches.she votes as a man even though she's actually a woman later on. And she finds her friend and reunites with him at the end.  Find this at Ames Public Library
Title
riding freedom
Author
pam munoz ryan
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sammilovesyooh16
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This book is sort of hard to put a label on.

It's a coming of age... about a girl who's already grown up.
About a good girl... who ditches class and makes out in cars.
About freedom... and the discovery that it isn't what it seems.
About good boys and bad boys... and the fact that there's no such thing.
About loving someone... and being scared of them.
About wanting something to be gone... and then missing it when it is.

I can't even explain this book in a way that doesn't sound contradictory and complex. And this book was both of those things, but I promise it's not as confusing as my description sounds.

A recurring theme in this book is the idea of freedom. Daisy and her parents are prisoners (her words, not mine) of the responsibility of looking after her severely autistic brother, Steven, who is a prisoner of his own mind. He can't be left alone, he can't talk, can't tie his shoes or shower or eat or walk down stairs without help. The constant weight and exhaustion of watching Steven causes strain on Daisy's parents' marriage, and, because of how much they have to do for Steven, Daisy feels like a third parent. Her dad always works late to avoid being in charge of Steven and her mom goes to yoga three nights a week, leaving Daisy to deal with a big, strong, and uncontrollably violent brother who is unable to understand or feel guilt for what he does.

Daisy talks multiple times about being a slave in her own home. A slave of Steven, a slave of responsibility, a slave of her parents who dictate her schedule so they can take a break from Steven. She longs for freedom, and in the search for it, gives in to her crush on "bad boy" Dave Miller. She tries to be rebellious and show her parents that they can't make decisions for her. She thinks skipping class and avoiding home will bring her freedom. She thinks she wants freedom from Steven, but what she learns is that she really wants Steven to have freedom from his own mind.

This was a really good book about what family means, and where chasing freedom will get you. It was nice to get a perspective on autism that isn't usually heard, and I thought the character of Daisy had several layers. I kind of wish we'd seen more of those layers, though. I got the feeling that the author didn't dig as deep into Daisy as she could've. This book should've made me cry, but it didn't. I just wish we'd gotten a little more emotion in the story. But I did really like. Although, I wasn't the biggest fan of Dave...  Find this at Ames Public Library
Title
The Sound fo Letting Go
Author
Stasia Ward Kehoe
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cpaxton24
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This was a really fascinating 9 pages. One of the most thought provoking things I've read in a while, which was a real shock. I wasn't expecting to get anything out of it.

I mean, I'm used to reading dystopians, but this was really messed up. Like, unbelievably messed up.

So, if you're intelligence is above average, then you have a loud noise in your head every few seconds so you couldn't think. And if your were better than average looking, you wore an ugly mask. They always lowered people to the average.

Why didn't they just make everyone smarter and prettier? Not that intelligence is that controllable, but appearance is! I could go on forever with my thoughts about this, but instead I think I'll just recommend this as a really great 9 page story. Seriously, you have time for 9 pages, right?  Find this at Ames Public Library
Title
Harrison Bergeron
Author
Kurt Vonnegut
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cpaxton24
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3.5

I didn't buy the romance. Not for one second. They didn't know each other. They went from wanting each other dead to wanting to die for the other in a matter of sentences. The were both just lonely because they had no family and no one cared about them.

Now that I've gotten most of my negative feelings out of the way, I can stop ranting.

I wasn't the biggest fan of Flynn. He never seemed very definite in his morals and he was often whinier than a thirteen-year-old on crack. I never understood what his motivation was, where he was coming from, or what he was trying to accomplish. He was constantly fighting... but for what? I just could never really get a handle on him.

Jubilee was also not my favorite character. I think the authors were trying to go for the whole BA-heroine-who-doesn't-seem-to-have-a-soul-but-oh-wait-she's-really-kind-and-compassionate-and-helps-people thing. You know, that specific protagonist that's so popular in YA right now because everyone is trying to be feminist but really their attempt at creating a 3 dimensional character is just embarrassing because of how completely unoriginal it is?

This is the kind of story that you feel like you've read before. Every element of this book is just another trigger of deja vu. It seems so familiar, even if you can't figure out where you read it before. The reason it feels that way is that there's nothing original in this book. I'm not saying it wasn't entertaining or fun to read. I'm just saying that there wasn't anything in the book that made me think, "Wow! I've never read something like that before". Or, "That's never happened in any other book I've ever read! This is brand new stuff!" It was just a big stew of whatever has recently been popular in the young adult world.

Huh. I said I would stop ranting, but it turns out most of my comments are negative. That's kind of funny, because I actually did really enjoy reading this book. But be warned: pretty much everything after page 300 is a little confusing.  Find this at Ames Public Library
Title
This Shattered World
Author
Amie Kaufman/Meagan Spooner
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cpaxton24