Mini Review: That's Not Hay in my Hair by Juliette Turner

Standalone. Zonderkidz (March 2016) NetGalley
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 couldn’t help feeling excited, even though she’d 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 it’s hard to believe they’re for real—but it all happened exactly how it’s written.

Get ready for side-splitting laughs, heart-wrenching tears, and surprising life lessons learned down on the farm and shared by fourteen-year-old Juliette Turner.

Juliette lives with her mom in a tiny apartment in New York City one day and the next she's moving cross country to a 300-acre ranch in Texas. Her life to change into wrangling longhorns, trying to steer clear of snakes, and riding horses. It'll be one fun but chaotic life.

Juliette or Jules was an alright character in a story that made no sense to me. The story was nice in that it was a mother-daughter team taking care of a bunch of animals but that's really it. The event all jumbled together so the from the start of the story it was off for me. The story arc about Jules and a class bully also went nowhere. I don't know but this was just not what I expected. Either way, I would have liked a more cohesive story.

Thanks to NetGalley and Zonderkidz for providing me That's Not Hay in my Hair in exchange for an honest review.


  1. This sounds cute, but also like it doesn't have a lot of meat to the story. It stinks you didn't like it more. Hopefully you will love your next read!

  2. So sorry to hear that you didn't enjoy this one more. I did enjoy reading your thoughts!Thanks for sharing. :)


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