Reading for a Lifetime Together

Half Broke Horses
April 2, 2011, 2:19 pm
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Half Broke Horses is the story of Lilly Casey, grandmother of Jeanette Walls, who is the author of The Glass Castle. Half Broke Horses follows Lily’s life as she begins as a young girl on a ranch, moving on her own to be a teacher. She was a spit fire, and every act she did shows it, from breaking horses, to proposing to her own husband. Lilly was a very brave woman and would definitely speak her mind, including when she made an enemy of her only child by disliking her boyfriend, later the father of the author.

I liked it, but I feel like in some places it was exaggerated. And that was ok, since Jeanette Walls was told these stories from her mother. It’s like all stories passed down orally: details change every time they’re told. Other than that, the story was amusing, the writing was excellent, and the characters were sincere.

I give this a 5 out of 5, because these stories are hard to write, since you have to tell the truth as much as possible, and she pulls it off in an interesting way.

~Emily Adams (class of 2013)


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