The Perfect Distance

  • Title: The Perfect Distance
  • Author: Kim Ablon Whitney
  • ISBN: 9780553494679
  • Page: 114
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Perfect Distance Seventeen year old Francie Martinez rides with one of the best equitation trainers in the country and works as a groom to pay her way For as long as she can remember she s dreamed of winning the Mac
    Seventeen year old Francie Martinez rides with one of the best equitation trainers in the country, and works as a groom to pay her way For as long as she can remember, she s dreamed of winning the Maclay finals in Madison Square Garden the most prestigious horse event in the country for this age group and now that it s her last year to compete, the pressure is really on.Seventeen year old Francie Martinez rides with one of the best equitation trainers in the country, and works as a groom to pay her way For as long as she can remember, she s dreamed of winning the Maclay finals in Madison Square Garden the most prestigious horse event in the country for this age group and now that it s her last year to compete, the pressure is really on But just when Francie needs to focus than ever, the arrival of a new student at the barn upsets the careful balance she s created for herself, and soon she s not so sure if winning is really all that important, much less the point.

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    About Kim Ablon Whitney


    1. Kim moved back to her hometown of Newton, Mass where she lives with her husband, two young sons, and greyhound She is a graduate of Tufts University, and has an M.F.A in creative writing from Emerson College She is a member of the PEN New England Children s Book Caucus and is the coordinator of the PEN New England Susan P Bloom Discovery Award A lifelong horse lover and rider, she is a nationally licensed judge and officiates at horse shows around the country She s also a passionate Boston sports fan, and an excerpt from her baseball themed novel in progress will appear in the anthology FENWAY FICTION.


    659 Comments


    1. OH MY GOD!!! One of my favorite book EVER!!! I loved it so much, I think I've read it like five times!!! Some parts made me laugh out loud, others made me cry like no tomorrow. I think the reason I liked it so much was because it was about the road to the USPCA Maclay Finals (the super-bowl for horseback riders under 17 for all you non-horseiful people out there), which is what I want to do sometime in the near future. It wasn't like a little kid book, either. It didn't put me to sleep, and it h [...]

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    2. This was a really great book. It was well written and very accurate. I'll read anything pretty much that has to do with riding, being an equestrian myself. And they are always some sappy story about a girl who learns all about training horses and meets this damaged horse as they overcome obstacles bla bla bla. This book gets straight down to what goes on in the horse world. That it's not all rainbows and blue ribbons. But sweat, tears and determination will get you where u want to go.

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    3. Always love a good contemporary YA horse novel that has sufficient focus on horses; they're a rare breed. Got a little bogged down in superficial romance at the midpoint, but Colby was likeable either way, and for the most part it focused on the showjumping competition and the horses like it should. (still devastated by the tragic element, though)

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    4. Good bookI really loved this book but there wasn't enough "horse" in it. Like Francie didn't say how much she loved Tobey or anything.

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    5. yeah maybe it's a little cheesy at parts but whatever. there aren't a lot of horse books like this out there. i liked it!

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    6. This was very dissapointing, especially compared to See You Down the Road--her exquisite first novel. Definitely do not recommendry forced and a pretty boring read.

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    7. The Perfect Distance by Kim Ablon Whitney is a great book about a horse-loving girl caught between the life of a groom and one of the riders at the fancy barn where she rides. Francie Martinez, the daughter of a (horse) groom who works at the barn, is a rider that trains with the best at West Hills. Along the way on her journey to the Maclay Finals, Francie faces a bully, who is the best rider at the barn and knows it. She meets a boy named Colby who helps her through her troubles, including the [...]

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    8. Francie Martinez has a dream – to win the Maclay Finals in NYC. After that, she hopes to go on to ride in the Olympics. She’s an equestrian and she has been involved with horses and in competitions nearly her whole life. Her father is a groom who works for one of the most prestigious trainers in the circuit, and Francie is one of his students. But she’s not like most of Rob’s clients – she actually has to work at the barn to pay for her lessons. This is her last year to compete and her [...]

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    9. I read this in one day, while home sick from work. Thus, it was an easy read, but that doesn't detract from its charm. A coming-of-age story that is not to saccharine or sappy, it's actually told from the perspective of a believable and likable character. I'm sure some readers may have some trouble relating to Francie's goody-two-shoes-ness. But I WAS Francie in high school, focused on grades, horse shows, and other activities outside of school. I struggled to find my place in the microcosm of t [...]

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    10. I loved this book. It was definitely an accurate depiction of the horse show world. It had all the stereotypes and truths about the Maclay Finals which is like the Superbowl for horseback riders under 18. It's about Francie Martinez whose goal is to get there. She rides in big shows but doesn't have enough money for her own horse so she is a working student at a top barn where her dad is the barn manager/ a groom. Riding has always been her passion and now it's the last year she can ride in the [...]

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    11. Francie Martinez is one of the lucky students of renowned trainer Rob Renaud. The only difference is, she’s the hired help and works in return for the lessons others pay a packet for. Francie is hard working and determined – her dream is to go professional on the equestrian circuit. This is often overshadowed by another of Rob’s riders, Tara.Although talented, Francie struggles to find the perfect distance whilst jumping, at times moving ahead of her horse before she should be preparing to [...]

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    12. Honestly, it's books like this that make me remember why I put myself through all this torture. I've read far too many bad horse books and just when I get to the point where reading another children's novel about horses is equivalent to shooting myself in the foot, I come across something like this. This book is thoroughly refreshing with its believable plot, accurate details, lovely writing, and well-developed characters. Thank you, Kim Ablon Whitney. You are why I keep reading. I can only hand [...]

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    13. What a treat to find a horse book like this -- I would have loved this when I was 12 or 13 and taking riding lessons. Francie is the daughter of the stable manager at a high-class riding stable, and she works as a groom to be able to ride and train there. The story begins as she heads into her last chance to ride as a junior at Madison Square Garden. Training brings her conflict at school, a very cool love interest, a fairly abusive trainer and the usual "mean girl" who is also an excellent ride [...]

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    14. In this book you really get a feel for what its like to compete on the equitation circuit and pushing to go to finals. The main character Franice is not like the other students a West Hills. Her dad is the Mexican stable manger and she is part groom. She wants to win finals as much as anyone else does, but she wants it just a little bit more. The whole book is leading up to finals and many crazy things happen such as Tara leaving and Stretch dying. This made a lot of stress for Francie, but she [...]

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    15. I just LOVED this book!!!!! It is the story about a girl named Francie who shows in the AA's, but doesnt have enough money for her own horse so she is a working students at one of the top barns. It is her story about her last year being eligible in the big eq, and takes you through the last big finals. I found it to be JUST like the real circuit and captured every single element. It showed all of the stereotypes, all of the truth, everything to make it a great book. Amazing. But only a rider wou [...]

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    16. Nailed itKim AblonWhitney does not disappoint with THE PERFECT DISTANCE. Francie is a believable protagonist, u nique and bicultural, yet a teal teenaged girl. The glimpse into the world of junior equitation championships is true to life and accurate in its equestrian details. I look forward to more of her work.

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    17. The book The Perfect Distance was a good book with adventure and a little romance. The book is not only about a high school girl trying to win her horse show compititions in New York City and around the United States, but is also about her life and her new crush at the barn. I recomnd this book to anyone horse fans or animal fans.

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    18. Teen fiction with a horsey twist. Usual friendship/school/extracurricular drama with a little extra familial drama thrown in for good measure. The horse parts were accurate. Well-written, well-conceived, but nothing spectacular or thrilling.

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    19. Very cute book. It was about what I would have expected. As a horse lover, it was well written and excellent details were included. I would recommend this.

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    20. Little too much teenage drama.

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    21. Duh a surprise to find a good, realistic horse book!

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    22. Good readalways something going on! kinda wish the ending was a little different and that the whole thing with stretch had been better explained.

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    23. YA book. Lots of "issues" are dealt with. It's a horse book.

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    24. Really good! Great ensemble of characters and a theme that all young girls need to learn.

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    25. What a refreshingly well-written YA novel!

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    26. BEST BOOK EVER

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    27. This was Ok if pretty average horse fiction. It was nice to have a protagonist who wasn't wallowing in more money than they could ever hope to spend, though.

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