1. That's Not Hay in My Hair
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    That's Not Hay in My Hair
    Juliette Turner
    Zondervan / 2016 / Trade Paperback
    $4.99 Retail: $8.99 Save 44% ($4.00)
    4 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
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  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Review from Rambles of a SAHM
    June 14, 2016
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Most of us have faced a move in our lifetime and know that it can be both thrilling and terrifying. Jules and her momma are about to face all of that and more. After living her whole life (she's now 11) in New York City, Jules is about to move to her family's ranch in the middle of nowhere Texas. To say that she's about to encounter culture shock is a bit of an understatement.

    Life on the ranch is delightfully exaggerated. Why have just ordinary cattle when you can have a herd of longhorns? And why should you settle for one dog when you can have a whole pack of them? The wonderful chaos that surrounds life on the ranch is sure to make the reader laugh. Juliette's writing style is perfect for the tween reader.

    I personally liked the interactions with the other characters. Jules' grandmother is a bossy flossy sort, but her grandfather is the perfect mate with his patient endurance. Meeting new friends can be nerve wracking but Jules winds up with some good ones.

    Whether you're about to embark on a move or not, this would be the perfect summer read for your tween. The snappy dialogue and the zany situations are sure to keep your young reader engaged and entertained. The fact that the author is a teen herself should also inspire your kiddo that they could be a writer as well.

    I received a copy of this book to facilitate my review.
  2. Kansas City
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Country Life
    May 15, 2016
    Kansas City
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One day, you are living in a tiny apartment in New York City, the next, you find yourself on a sprawling ranch miles from the nearest neighbor. That is what happened to this author, seventeen-year-old Jules Turner, when she was in grade school. One day her mom announced they would be moving to the Lone Star State, and shortly afterwards, they did.

    Jules does a good job of contrasting what life was like while she attended a private girl's school in New York City, a few steps away from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, to a life of getting up at the crack of dawn to feed horses, and attend to other animals on their Texas ranch. She includes some of the predicaments those animals get themselves, or Jules and her mother, into. The move even forced her to dress differently, especially her footwear. On their ranch, she has to wear special "snake boots" because of the ever-present danger of poisonous snakes.

    After their move west, Jules' Texas grandparents become a bigger part of her life. They bring humor, along with love and caring, in their interactions with Jules and her mom. It was heart-warming to read about their get-togethers, even if bumpy at times.

    Although their neighbors are fewer and farther apart than when they lived in New York City, the author is astonished when their Texas neighbors rally around them with food and comfort during a tragic event. Jules remarks that the tenants of their New York apartment, who were mere steps away, would not have done that. Trying to cope with the grief and loss she feels afterward, Jules shows wisdom beyond her age when she states, "...I found that life was made up of moments, and if I could just make it through that one moment, I could face the next." Good advice for us all, no matter our age.

    There are some overriding questions that beginning forming in your mind while reading this book. The biggest of which is: where is her dad? Is he part of her life, or non-existent? There was a perfect point in the book when it could have been addressed, but it wasn't. Despite that, this 5-star book is interesting, and it is amazing that it was written by someone so young. No doubt this is geared toward readers from middle school up, but adults will enjoy it too. A word of warning, the story at the end of the book could be something some parents might object to.

    The publisher has provided bookreadingtic with a complimentary copy of That's Not Hay in My Hair, through Zonderkidz Publishing for the purpose of review. I have not been compensated in any other manner. All opinions expressed are my own, and I was not required, or influenced, to give anything but an honest appraisal. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255.
  3. Texas
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    March 22, 2016
    Lindsey from BFCG
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 3
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 3
    About this book:

    New York City life had crammed sidewalks, gasoline-filled puddles, and angry taxi drivers, but Juliette enjoyed the towering sky-scrapers, the half-block walk to school, and the restaurant smells wafting into her bedroom. She had never cared for a horse, let alone a long-horn, when her mother announced their imminent move to a 300 acre ranch in Texas, where they would be caring for three horses, five dogs, twenty-five longhorns, and a cat all by themselves.

    Juliette couldnt help feeling excited, even though shed have to climb a hill to get a bar of cell-phone service. Soon she was running from bats and snakes, rescuing a calf from a twenty-foot ditch, medicating ponies, and having adventures so crazy its hard to believe theyre for realbut it all happened exactly how its written.

    Series: As of now, no.

    Spiritual Content- A few prayers (including The Lords Prayer) & a Christian school; A couple Scriptures are quoted & mentioned; A few talks about God; Jules doesnt have any Scriptures memorized & panics when asked what her favorite one is; Jules mom always crosses herself before praying, even though they arent Catholic; Mentions of God; A few mentions of Bible reading; A few mentions of Church & Sunday School; A few mentions of Heaven; A couple mentions of those in the Bible;

    *Note: Hells bells is exclaimed once; Holy Moses! is exclaimed four times; A mention of a place being hotter than Hades.

    Negative Content- Minor cussing including: a blasted, a bloody, a heck, a shoot, two darns, three geezs, six oh my goshs; Eye rolling & a bit of Sarcasm; Pain (up to semi-detailed); A horse is put down (barely-above-not-detailed, but lots of pain for the owners); Many mentions of veterinary stuff, horses in pain & being sick (semi-detailed); Many mentions of animal waste; Mentions of worst case scenarios about cows getting hurt (barely-above-not-detailed); A couple mentions of hunting; A couple mentions of dissecting in science class; A mention of a rabbit which was eaten by a snake (barely-above-not-detailed).

    Sexual Content- A couple mentions of figures; A mention of a bull that jumped the fence and the owners now have baby longhorns; A few mentions of cows giving birth (up to semi-detailed).

    -Juliette Jules OConner, 11

    1st person P.O.V. of Jules

    235 pages


    Pre Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    New Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    Early High School Teens- Three Stars (and a half)

    Older High School Teens- Three Stars

    My personal Rating- Three Stars

    {Not for sensitive horse lovers. Future Vets will enjoy more.}

    Thats Not Hay in My Hair had some cute parts, and while I can see younger girls enjoying this book, the writing made it seem more of a collection of crazy things that have happened to the author and her mother. The timeline wasnt very clear nor fast-pasted. Some things didnt seem very believable or realistic to me (like Jules mom not wanting to shoot a snake with a gun. Thats more than slightly odd to this born-and-raised Texan.) Jules mom rubbed me the wrong way most times, acting more like a big sister than a mom, attitude wise. I admire the author being 17 and published, and while Im sure girls around Jules age may enjoy more, I just didnt find this book the most enjoyable thing Ive read.

    *BFCG may (Read the review to see) recommend this book by this author. It does not mean I recommend all the books by this author.

    *I received this book for free from the Publisher (Zondervan) for this honest review.
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