Saturday, May 12, 2018

Joey: How a Blind Rescue Horse Helped Others Learn to See {Jennifer Marshall Bleakley}

[I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.]

It's difficult for me to review this book objectively, for a few reasons.

1) It's nonfiction, and I always feel a little bad about judging narratives of things that actually happened, because it feels like I'm blaming the people involved for not having different lives.

2) I lose most of my objectivity when it comes to stories that deal with *SEMI-SPOILERS* animal euthanasia *END OF SPOILERS* because it's far too sensitive a topic for me, for various reasons.

3) Again, since it is a true story, it's difficult to balance appreciation for the themes and events with which it deals with quibbles about writing style, etc.

So, long story short . . . I don't know how to rate this book.  I appreciate the author's faith, and I got through the book relatively quickly, but to be honest, it didn't do much of anything for me.  There were a few good parts that did stand out (like the part when Kim was talking to Sarah about Sarah's past in Ch. 20), but overall, I didn't really like it.  And . . . I don't really know what else to say?  There wasn't really anything bad about this book, except that the writing could be a little stronger.  But even then, I don't know exactly what I would change about the writing -- perhaps just make it less . . . formulaic, maybe?  I don't know what the word I'm searching for is.  All I know is the writing didn't do it for me.

Again, all in all, not a bad book, just not a stellar book either.  I did like how they included pictures and sketches of Joey at the end of the book, though! :)

1 comment:

  1. Hello!
    I've never commented on your blog before, and this comment has absolutely nothing whatever to do with this particular post...but I have been dying to ask - have you finished writing the continuation of Susan Pevensie's story??? Are you still working on it? I read your post about it over a year ago, and have been waiting in such suspense and anticipation to find out more!!!
    Also, I just want to say how much I enjoy reading this blog! We have very similar interests (including a fondness for reading & writing!!!) and taste in books, etc.!!! Keep up with the lovely posts! :-)


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