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Pine Hollow - The Hayloft

00hshinyJul. 26th, 2007 04:20 pm Pine Hollow

Anyone besides myself read this series? It's the Saddle Club all grown up and in high school. I started out really dubious with book one but I continued reading anyway and wound up collecting all of them (there are 17 total). I really enjoyed them towards the end even though the last book broke my heart.

They're very different in some ways and very much the same in others. It's more an amplification of the characters as we know them. What happens to Stevie's carefree personality when she's 16? Lisa's perfectionism when she's a senior in high school? Where did Veronica DiAngelo end up? I think Bryant flexed her writing muscles a bit more with this series because she could. It didn't have to be all happy-go-lucky all the time the way it did with the Saddle Club. Bad things can happen and continue to happen but her audience can handle it now. We've grown up with Stevie, Carole and Lisa. We're old enough to know that horses get put to sleep or sold, there are bigger things in life than spending all day at the barn (even though we'd all LOVE to be able to do that again).

So, any thoughts?

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From:hidefrommyself
Date:July 26th, 2007 09:40 pm (UTC)
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sounds good, I want to check them out now.
From:ohthesyn
Date:July 27th, 2007 12:03 am (UTC)
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Ah i've read a few of the Pine Hollow series. I grew up reading the Saddle Club so I wish I could track some more down, I wanna know what broke your heart in the last book :x
From:00hshiny
Date:July 27th, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)

SPOILER ALERT

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DO NOT READ THIS COMMENT IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO GET SPOILED!!!

In book 17, there is a barn fire and it wipes out all of Pine Hollow. 4 or 5 horses don't make it (Diablo, Geronimo and one of the school ponies I believe among those you'd know from The Saddle Club). She finishes the book with something like, 'Pine Hollow is no more. There's nothing left.'

Way to kill the series, Bonnie! After all these years and your faithful readers get their favourite fictional stable burnt down? Nice.
From:ohthesyn
Date:July 27th, 2007 12:44 am (UTC)

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Oh man I was NOT expecting that. That's a brutal ending! Jeeze. Thanks for letting me know though! I'd still like to track them down, Half-Price Books here I come!
From:skiesfirepaved
Date:July 27th, 2007 07:12 pm (UTC)

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...THAT'S how she finished it??!! ...Bloody hell. At least no one can blame her of being cliché I suppose!
From:horsesrule32
Date:August 30th, 2008 01:21 am (UTC)
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where do you get them? Never seen them before!