Ride On by Faith Erin Hicks
Cover art captures the trusting, tender relationship between of a girl and a Gelding. Hicks uses the term Horse Girl to describe a youngster enamored with horses. The feeling appears to be mutual. This horse is devoted to a human.
Twelve-year-old Victoria is a new rider at Edgewood Stables. She may be new to this equestrian facility, but she is obviously not a novice. Her horsemanship catches the eye of Edgewood staff. She shows potential as a trainer.
However this is more than a horse story. It is a story about relationships. When Victoria's best friend gets her own horse, the dynamic between the two changes. Victoria wonders: was riding at Waverly Stables the only thing the two had in common?
Stung by this falling out, Victoria is hesitant to connect with a trio of Edgewood's regulars. What will it take to overcome past hurt and make new friends? These stable hands have their own problems and they need Victoria just as much as she needs them.
Trust is recurring theme. In a climactic scene, trust plays a pivotal role.
Hicks is particularly skilled at revealing undercurrents that simmer beneath the surface. Misunderstandings, first impressions, and frustrations are often shown with a facial expression, simple gesture, or body placement within a panel.
This is a story filled with heart. You do not need to be a horse person to appreciate Victoria's world.
It is obvious that Hicks has more than a passing interest in horses, her love for all things equestrian shine on every panel, every page. She knows what it means to develop a close relationship with a horse. This is more than a hobby and far exceeds athletic prowess.
In addition to horses, Victoria and her newfound friends share a fascination with the sci fi series Beyond the Galaxy These nerdy fans look forward to the release of new episodes and concoct an elaborate scheme to celebrate their favorite show.
The phrase Ride On has multiple meanings. Victoria not only finds a new stable, but new friends with shared interests. After a few disappointments, our girl is ready to move on. Ride On Victoria, Ride On.
Even when it feels like it's the end of the world and you've lost friendships, there are other communities out there who might be more supportive of the person you want to be."