That's Not Hay in My Hair is a funny fast-paced novel about Juliette, her mother, Emily and their big move from New York City to a 300 acre ranch in Texas. (Yes it's semi-autobiographical though it is billed as a novel). While the plot was shaky at times the characters were well thought out and fully developed. There were a lot of humorous passages about ranch life, as well as beautiful descriptive passages, and a well thought out thread about loss that runs throughout the book.
As Juliette and her mom struggle to run a really large ranch by themselves they learn to rely on the kindness of neighbors and strangers to get by. They also have a close relationship with Juliette's grandmother and grandfather. Along with helping run a ranch Juliette has to deal with typical middle school issues, which would be frustrating enough without the daily work and chaos of ranch life thrown in.
Girls who love horses, adventure, and laughter will love this book.
I think Juliette Turner will get better as she continues to grow in her life and writing, but this is a solid beginning.
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