It does! I have ridden and been around horses since I was seven years old, and nothing is ever going to change the fact that horses are awesome. So when you give me a book about two girls from New Hampshire going on a road trip to save an old horse, well that pretty much guarantees that I am going to be weeping like a leaky faucet all over everything. If you too feel like crying over horses, or just reading the road tripping adventures of two New Hampshire girls, then you should check out the newest addition to our collection. And did I mention the cowboys? There are totally cowboys.
Finding Somewhere by Joseph Monniger is the story of two girls; Hattie and Delores who decide to give Hattie’s favorite horse a chance to be just that, a horse. Speed has been a patient farm pony all his life, giving children pony rides and generally being a well-behaved animal. Now on the eve of his death, Hattie has decided that she cannot just watch him be put down; he needs the chance to be free. With the help of her best friend Delores, the two girls abscond with the horse in the dark of night and drive off to find an open place out west where Speed can finally be a free horse. Along the way they’ll have to dodge phone calls from parents, a cop or two, and figure out exactly where they want to go after this adventure? Is New Hampshire the place for them, or is there a reason that they were so desperate to help this horse be free?
The two girls in this book are absolutely wonderful. I loved every moment of their adventure together. I had my doubts that Mr. Monniger would be able to really capture that feeling of having a best friend that you would do anything for, even break the law, just to ensure that she would be safe and happy. I can say for certain that he captured that kind of awe-inspiring friendship so well it made my heart ache. The more difficult relationship to accurately portray was probably the one between Hattie and Speed, I mean, it is pretty one-side, with Speed being a horse and all. But once again you really got the sense of just why Hattie was so desperate to do anything to save Speed, and how much him being happy meant to her. It does tread the fine line between helping and harming an animal from loving it too much, and I was glad to see this issue addressed and handled well through the interactions of all the characters. A wonderful book about a not so epic journey that ends with new beginnings for all. Read it.