Another Kind of Cowboy

Hardcover | December 18, 2007

bySusan Juby

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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. Cleo's looking for love, but Alex has a secret he's not ready to give up, and a flirtation with Cleo is the last thing on his mind. But you can't find romance before you know real friendship, and 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.

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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. Cleo's look...

Susan Juby was ten when she used her entire life savings (five hundred dollars) to buy her first horse. Horses have been decimating her savings ac-counts ever since. Susan lives on Vancouver Island with her husband, James, and her dog, Frank. Tango, her horse, lives just down the road. Another Kind of Cowboy is her fourth novel.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:352 pages, 7.12 × 5 × 1.13 inPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060765178

ISBN - 13:9780060765170

Appropriate for ages: 9 - 12

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Rated out of 5 by from Fun light read I love it when a book can pull a new interest out of me. I always admired horses, but delving into this story got me into the shoes of people who REALLY love them. It provided an opportunity to enter a new world that is not the easiest to get into (as the plot illustrates). It was surprising that the story favored English style riding more than Western as the title infers, but this was a welcoming direction. The two main characters -Alex and Cleo- were very interesting and provided completely different views on their experiences. They both had their unique charm; you can tell the author put a lot of devotion into developing them. The gay themes were light and cute, but introduced little later (and less prevalent) than I would have liked, though it reflected the introverted nature of Alex. [SPOILER: To be more specific, I wanted to see more scenes involving Chris.] Alex's struggle alone was enough to keep the topic alive and interesting. Overall, it had just the right amount of drama to trigger emotion but also be fun at the same time.
Date published: 2012-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heart warming this is a heartwarming tale about a spoiled rich girl finding her way and a boy from a strange family. This was a exteremly funny book. the story is new and interesting. it addresses a lot of things drugs, money, family, friends and horses.
Date published: 2010-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fresh and inspiring An easy read. Deals with teenage issues, decision making, self discovery, defining one's own values.
Date published: 2009-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hilarious! One of the first authors that springs to mind when I think Canadian YA lit is Susan Juby. Her first book, Alice, I Think featuring the amazingly quirky and amusing adventures of a girl named Alice was a hit inside Canada and outside of it (giveaway of the second book of the series here). In fact the main character is so bizarre, that whether you loved her, hated her or questioned her sanity, you most definitely couldn't forget her. It was refreshing to read about a character who didn't try to fit in and preferred to revel in her strangeness. In fact, all of Susan Juby's character's ultimately choose to be themselves (no matter how strange or not strange they are). Another Kind of Cowboy introduced to us more loveable and quirky characters. The novel is told from the point of view of two such characters, namely Alex and Cleo. Alex has wanted to ride for as long as he could remember (in fact, as a child, he used to ride his bicycle around the neighbourhood pretending it was a horse). And, as a cowboy he's got the chance to do for years. But what he really wants to do is dressage (an English style of riding) and now, he's finally got that option. Cleo is rich and bratty. After a rather stupid mistake, she finds herself exiled to a boarding school and enrolled in dressage lessons. The two couldn't seem more different and yet they might just be exactly what the other one needs. (Okay, I realize this isn't the best summary. But trust me, it's much, much better than I'm making it sound). Don't rule this book out if you're not a horse fanatic (I'm not!), it's a fully relatable story about friendship and growing up. There's a lot going on in this book (Alex being truthful about his homosexuality, both of them dealing with family issues, alcohol and drugs, and of course, horses). Juby manages to pull all of these with relative ease-the book never seems overwhelmed. And, of course, one of the best parts of the book (as with Juby's other books) was the sense of humour-there are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments. My only qualm was that it took a little while to adjust to the shifting points of view especially since Cleo's sections were in first person and Alex's were in third. Nevertheless, if you're looking for a fun read with a high dose of humour, this is definitely one you'll want to pick up.
Date published: 2009-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautifully written. One of those books that I wish was around when I was 16. Juby truly captures the anger, frustration and secret code of silence surrounding family secrets. Fantastic read even if you know nothing about horses... like me.
Date published: 2008-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I really enjoyed reading this book because it had both horses and some teen drama. I am a horseback rider myself (English) and i enjoyed it alot. To read this you don't have to be a horseback rider or anything, you just have to enjoy reading great books, I would recomend this book to anyone, it is a great read. Two worlds looked completly diffrent but at the same time they look just the same.
Date published: 2008-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not your typical read, but amazing as ever! I really liked this story, although, the writing style was a little unique. However, that doesn't take away from the story, or its characters, at all. The book actually taught me a few things, rather than just being to help pass the time. I learned about horses and Dressage, a riding style I'd never actually heard of since I've never actually been around horses myself. But, there was also a deeper message to the story- be yourself, no matter who you are. Throughout the story, you follow two characters who are trying to do just that- find themselves. One is going through the difficult rebellious stages of her teenage years while the other is trying to cope with coming out and explaining to his not-so-supportive father that he is, in fact, gay. I would suggest that you should at least try the book before you pass your nose up at it. You may actually learn something. :) Enjoy!
Date published: 2008-02-10

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“Juby delicately weaves humor with poignant drama.”