Another Kind of CowboyTeen
For Alex Ford, dressage is an oasis. In the stable, he can slip into his riding pants, shed the macho cowboy image, and feel like himself for a change. For Cleo O'Shea dressage is a fresh start. She's got a new boarding school, absentee parents, and best of all: no one to remember her past... They're an unlikely pair, but sometimes the last person you'd ever think of as a friend ends up being the one you need the most. Susan Juby's trademark humor brings life and laughter to this remarkable story of relationships, mixed signals, and the soul-searching that sometimes takes two.
Another Kind of Cowboy
Kirkus Reviews: Best Young Adult Books of 2007
"Gay-but-not-out boy meets poor-little-rich girl, and their unlikely friendship, forged in the dressage ring, makes for one of the funniest, most poignant tales of the year."
Quill and Quire
"Susan Juby creates a compassionate portrait of two teenagers struggling to find their place in the world in her first non-Alice Novel, Another Kind of Cowboy ... this isn't just another problem novel — smart and funny, it's driven by characters, major and minor, who are compelling and human, quirky and memorable... the resolutions achieved by both characters are most satisfying."
"Mixing laughter with heartbreak in equal measure, Canadian queen of funny Susan Juby has penned an original story about being true to yourself and learning how to trot to your own beat."
"Filled with Susan Juby's refreshing humor, one-of-a-kind characters, and some serious teen issues, this book is sure to be popular with both male and female readers. As a result of the detailed dressage descriptions and interesting storylines, I found myself imagining what might be a fun film version of the book."
"You don't need to like horses, or even know anything about them, to enjoy Another Kind of Cowboy. It's more than just a horse book... or coming-of-age story or coming out story. It's a great story, period."
Chris Shanley-Dillman for Teensread.com
"ANOTHER KIND OF COWBOY is an enchanting story of friendships, horses and goals. Susan Juby has created this wonderful page-turner of a book that so graciously tells about a young man's dedication to his goals while he searches for acceptance, and about how a young woman's lack of direction and goals leads her into the devastating world of drugs and alcohol. Told with a hint of humor and a deep compassion for her characters, Juby delivers a winner!"
"Wry humor infuses this quiet story with gentle warmth... readers don't have to be horse lovers to find this a winning read."
"The story of these riders, their attitudes, their loves and their ambitions makes for a quirky, compelling novel about friendship and family."
Buffalo Daily News
"A funny and perceptive coming- of-age novel about an unlikely friendship between a spoiled rich girl at a riding boarding school and a shy teenage boy who suspects he might be gay. Told in alternating points of view by Chloe and Alex, it beautifully captures the awakening of both teens to new possibilities in life"
"from the author of the Alice series comes a fun, but heartbreaking stand-alone story..."
"a powerful and frequently side-splitting tale"