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Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Flying Changes by Sara Gruen. There is a time to move on, a time to let go. For five months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace with he There is a time to move on, a time to let go. For five months, Annemarie has struggled to make peace with her past. But if she cannot let go, the personal battles she has won and the heights she has achieved will have all been for naught.
It is a time of change at Maple Brook Horse Farm, when loves must be confronted head-on and fears must be saddled and broken. But it is an unanticipated tragedy that will most drastically alter the fragile world of one remarkable family—even as it flings open gates that have long confined them, enabling them all to finally ride headlong and free.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Riding Lessons 2. Annemarie Zimmer. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Flying Changes , please sign up.
Um, why would you, being super-mommy to your spoiled child, drive an hour out of the way to get your daughter, who just left her competition and her teammates in a snit, a vegan burger, THEN, while she's eating it - the first thing she's had "in days'' - chide her that she's eating meat until she throws the faux burger against the wall, then tell her it was really vegan? This book was so stupid. See 1 question about Flying Changes…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3.
Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Flying Changes Riding Lessons, 2. Dec 13, leg rated it did not like it.
This was a terrible, terrible book. I picked it after it was recommended to me as a good horsey novel, and the only thing that kept me reading all the way through was sick curiosity. I wanted to see if the ending would be as trite as I predicted. It was. The main character is self-absorbed, unlikeable, and her flaws are not entertaining enough to make her unlikeable yet interesting as I'm someone who enjoys unlikeable yet interesting characters.
For example: she throws a hissy fit when her extr This was a terrible, terrible book. For example: she throws a hissy fit when her extremely tolerant boyfriends buys her a pair of diamond earrings instead of an engagement ring. Will he forgive her little tantrum?
What do you think? The plot focuses on the main character's daughter and her eventing career. In the tradition of all pat, predictable, and unrealistic horsey novels, the daughter tames the untameable mount who will only allow one special person to ride him.
Will they be successful in competition? Will they amaze everyone who doubted them? Again, what do you think? To summarize, this book contains tiresome characters, a hackneyed plot, and a random baby. If you never outgrew those goofy horse books aimed at ten-year-olds, you might enjoy this one. Then again, since there's no sense that the author is trying for goofy rather than deeply affecting and emotional, maybe not. Your money would be better spent buying more interesting things, like a loaf of bread or a box of paperclips.
View all 5 comments. Nov 20, Suzette rated it did not like it. A friend gave me a bunch of iPad books and this was among them; I don't know how I didn't realize that the author was the same as Water for Elephants, but when I finished and realized it, a lot made sense.
Let's get one thing out of the way right now; I think horse people are on the crazy side. There, I said it. If you're a horse person and don't think you're crazy, you're probably wrong but it's OK. Anyway, the book starts out with lots of horse stuff and I was a bit put off by it, but figured h A friend gave me a bunch of iPad books and this was among them; I don't know how I didn't realize that the author was the same as Water for Elephants, but when I finished and realized it, a lot made sense.
Anyway, the book starts out with lots of horse stuff and I was a bit put off by it, but figured hey, read something different- maybe it's a good book! This incredibly predictable story centers around a woman and her daughter and their struggles to face life in the face of divorce, memories of a terrible accident and teenage angst. Even after realizing that, I read on because I was bored and didn't feel like starting a new book.
The story moves along pretty well but as the wholly predictable plot rolled along, I started to feel like I was inside a Lifetime movie. Oh the teen angst! Oh the non-committing boyfriend and subsequent crazy misunderstandings! And as the book progressed, it turned all Bold and the Beautiful; Oh the tragic accident! Oh the deaths and no family! Oh the judge that assigns over custody of a baby within hours with no questions asked!
It was like a long, slow lovemaking session with a crazy jackrabbit ending. Maybe I dozed off, but WTF with the abused lady and her neglected horse and kid? Blah blah money blah blah beaten, what happened to any of them and why do we care? The horse never figured into the plot at all and neither did any of the people in that weird sub-plot.
What was the purpose? Other thing I hated: The finance. Then later makes like he had a ring baked into the souffle the whole time. Yeah, sure you did, you flaming asshole- as soon as you realized how bad you screwed up you ran out he ran to Jared! As if he bought her a ring AND earrings. Liar liar pants on FIRE. The daughter: That girl needed a slap so hard it would send her into next week.
If I EVER thought about speaking to my mother the way she did, I'd be sleeping in the barn and be lucky to have some goddamned hay to cover with. Holy crap! Imagine telling your mom to clean up because she looks like a "sea hag". That little bitch, every time her horse took a jump I prayed for her untimely death.
So in the end, I hated this book and I pray I don't forget this author's name and read more of her garbage. I liked Water for Elephants actually but it had some depth to it and some good character development. This book was like watching a bad soap opera and none of the people you wanted dead actually bit the dust. View 2 comments. Jan 16, Emily Wood rated it did not like it.
That was…pretty bad. The main character was really annoying everything makes her cry. I can't believe this is the same author as Water for Elephants. Jan 01, Kellie rated it it was amazing Shelves: fiction-literature , reads , my-library. Based on the reviews I read before starting this second book following Riding Lessons, I was worried I wasn't going to like this.
It helps to love horses to enjoy this book and I do. I enjoyed this novel quite a bit. At times I really felt for Annemarie , as a mother but most times I must say I did not agree with her parenting Ann Marie is still one of the most annoying characters I nave ever encountered in a book, but she did manage to experience a bit more personal growth in this sequel. Flying Changes. Sara Gruen. Twenty years after her competitive riding career finished tragically, anxiety rules Annemarie Zimmer's days -- the fear that her relationship with the man she loves is going nowhere and the worry that her daughter Eva's own dreams of Olympic glory will end in a repetition of Annemarie's traumatic circumstances.
Flying Changes : A Novel