Racing Savannah – Miranda Kenneally


They’re from two different worlds.

He lives in the estate house, and she spends most of her time in the stables helping her father train horses. In fact, Savannah has always been much more comfortable around horses than boys. Especially boys like Jack Goodwin—cocky, popular and completely out of her league. She knows the rules: no mixing between the staff and the Goodwin family. But Jack has no such boundaries.

With her dream of becoming a horse jockey, Savannah isn’t exactly one to follow the rules either. She’s not going to let someone tell her a girl isn’t tough enough to race. Sure, it’s dangerous. Then again, so is dating Jack…


There’s a girl in Catching Jordan named Savannah, some freshman that he hits on. I thought this book would be about her, but it’s not! We actually get a whole different Savannah who moved to Hundred Oaks at the beginning of senior year.

One of the prevailing notions these days is to “never date a ‘horse girl'” (or guy, but the stereotype is always against horse-crazed girls). I was a bit ambivalent about this story because a) IT’S ABOUT HORSES and b) I really don’t want to be considered a horse girl?? Specifically, I’m talking about those girls who read stories about horses whenever they’re not riding or drawing them, of course. Maybe I”m just not much of a horse person, but luckily this story had other aspects to it.

This story had a big four year jump from the previous three, and I almost felt like we were entering “the next generation” (shoutout @ all Canadian Degrassi fans). I loved seeing where the previous protagonists and side characters had ended up! As for the next generation itself, I am such a fan of Rory. Jack is cool and all, but Rory is the best-ever type of friend. It was a little strange for Savannah to assimilate into her new group of friends IMMEDIATELY. In Breathe, Annie, Breathe, I was under the impression that this group of friends had been a “set” since they started high school or something, so it was surprising to realize that they all JUST became friends partway through senior year. Insta-friendship and insta-love, anyone?

This book was pretty cheesy, but I still enjoyed it. It talks about power dynamics, friendship, family, and inequality. It shows different perspectives on situations, and it provides hope. It’s an existentialist dream—according to this book, yes, we can decide for ourselves who we want to be and what we want to do.

Related Reading

  • Love Story – Jennifer Echols
  • Rules of Summer – Joanna Philbin
  • Books about HORSES
  • Other books in the Hundred Oaks series by Miranda Kenneally

Rating: 3/5


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