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Loyment and drug abuse She hates the burnout futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend ca Erika T Wurth's debut novel from Curbside Splendor Crazy Horse's Girlfriend also deals with teen pregnancy but the circumstances couldn't be differentWurth's protagonist Magaritte is a 16 year old Native American whose family has escaped the poverty and despair of the reservation but is just barely getting by in Idaho Springs Colorado Magaritte is a bright but irreverent young girl who juggles school and a part time job taking care of her toddler twin sisters keeping her wild cousin Jake out of trouble and staying out of her alcoholic father's way To make ends meet she helps Jake with petty drug deals Then she meets a boy Mike is the new kid in school who's moved from California to the wealthy suburbs of Idaho Springs He took my clothes off slowly his hand running down my hip over my thunderbird tattoo 'I love this thing' he said and kissed itThis exchange sends a warning to readers that Mike sees Magaritte not as a person so much as an exotic other a plaything for his fantasies Magaritte though street savvy and justifiably wary is still just a kid and she falls for him in a bad way Mike of course isn't as innocent as she is first made to believe and their romance has terrible conseuences for Magaritte Jake and her entire familyIt's a plot right out of an after school special but in Crazy Horse's Girlfriend there's no safety net On TV the hardest thing the protagonist has to do is face the conseuences of her actions Magaritte has to do that too and it's not easy but her situation is complicated by the constant threat of violence—both on the streets and in her homeWurth paints a stirring portrait of life at the margins for a Native American teen whose dream of living a normal life is compromised by the poverty she desperately tries to escape Crazy Horse's Girlfriend isn't just a story about Native Americans; it's an American story we cannot afford to ignore Lasers futureless kids surrounding her and dreams that she and her unreliable new boyfriend ca Erika T Wurth's debut novel She Weeps Each Time Youre Born from Curbside Splendor Crazy Horse's Girlfriend also deals with teen pregnancy but the circumstances couldn't be differentWurth's protagonist Magaritte is a 16 year old Native American whose Tethered to the World (A Phantom Touched family has escaped the poverty and despair of the reservation but is just barely getting by in Idaho Springs Colorado Magaritte is a bright but irreverent young girl who juggles school and a part time job taking care of her toddler twin sisters keeping her wild cousin Jake out of trouble and staying out of her alcoholic Warheart (Sword of Truth, father's way To make ends meet she helps Jake with petty drug deals Then she meets a boy Mike is the new kid in school who's moved Bad Luck, Trouble, Death, and Vampire Sex from California to the wealthy suburbs of Idaho Springs He took my clothes off slowly his hand running down my hip over my thunderbird tattoo 'I love this thing' he said and kissed itThis exchange sends a warning to readers that Mike sees Magaritte not as a person so much as an exotic other a plaything the gibson for his The Forked Tongue Revisited fantasies Magaritte though street savvy and justifiably wary is still just a kid and she Bad Things in the Night falls Mountain Man (Men of Lake Tahoe Series, for him in a bad way Mike of course isn't as innocent as she is Diana (Sunfire, first made to believe and their romance has terrible conseuences Blue Crush (Blue, for Magaritte Jake and her entire At Home in India familyIt's a plot right out of an after school special but in Crazy Horse's Girlfriend there's no safety net On TV the hardest thing the protagonist has to do is The Woman in the Wall face the conseuences of her actions Magaritte has to do that too and it's not easy but her situation is complicated by the constant threat of violence—both on the streets and in her homeWurth paints a stirring portrait of life at the margins War (The Four Horsemen, for a Native American teen whose dream of living a normal life is compromised by the poverty she desperately tries to escape Crazy Horse's Girlfriend isn't just a story about Native Americans; it's an American story we cannot afford to ignore

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Margaritte is a sharp tongued drug dealing sixteen year old Native American floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty unemp I won this book via goodreads in exchange for an honest review 16 Native American Drug Dealer Pregnant SoldLooking through the First Reads Giveaways is where I came across Crazy Horse's Girlfriend and after reading just the first sentence of the synopsis I knew I had to have it Soo I took a chance entered the giveaway crossed my fingers that I would win and guess what? I Did But my excitement pretty much ended there Let's dive in to see whyFirst I would like to say that I neither enjoyed nor disliked this novel If that makes any sense There were parts where I was turned off and wanted to stop reading but on the other hand I was still slightly intrigued and wanted to see how everything panned out in the end Let's begin with the characters MagaritteMmmm I really didn't enjoy Magaritte as the main character She was a bit naive a bit of an asshole and was often insensitive to others With such odds being against her I was hoping that she would shine above all but she often did the opposite She was an underachiever horrible grades in school no real interest in being better than her peers or relatives However I liked that about her as well She wasn't the typical female protagonist in today's YA JakeJake was supposed to be the bad boy of the story You know the typical I'm the big drug dealing troubled kid that's in and out of jail But then again he wasn't What I mean is he was of course a drug dealer he was in out of jail Alot but he was also a really nice guy actually I liked the relationship that he had with his cousin Magaritte even though everytime they were together troubled ensued MikeThe new kid on the block Mysterious and rich Well atleast his parents were An adopted kid like Jake who moved to Idaho Springs for unknown reasons You find out towards the end Mike was bit of a weird character I really liked him at first mainly because he took a interest in Magaritte and I was hoping a love interest would soften her up a bit and also the fact that he was a reader Things end up happening fast between Mike and Magaritte before she finds out what type of person he truly isIf you notice I only touch basis on three people and that's because the other characters in the book felt like extras to me Wasted space almost All of the characters fell flat I couldn't connect to any other them Magaritte Jake and Mike included which is why it was hard for me to truly enjoy the story Okay now on to the settingI believe the setting was the best aspect of this novel The Author wanted a gritty surrounding she wanted you to see the characters living in poverty and she definitely succeeded with that For example when she would describe an abandoned house it was as if you could see the old dingy furniture the broken shards on glass on the floor the dusty toys families left behind in urgency It gave the story such a gloomy feeling Whenever I was reading I always pictured it to be a cloudy day No sunshine just gray skies and rain In the end I give this novel 2 12 to 3 stars There were times were I hated certain things such as the dialogue where the fuck word is used excessively along with other things making the conversation between characters completely annoying and unbearable But as I stated earlier there were things that I sorta kinda liked as well I refuse to tell someone to not pick up a book I'm all about supporting authors whether I enjoy their work or not and really do feel that this book wasn't completely horrible The characters dialogue and writing could all be better But hey a book experience is what you make it right ? The Golden Vortex floundering in a Colorado town crippled by poverty unemp I won this book via goodreads in exchange El Jarron Azul for an honest review 16 Native American Drug Dealer Pregnant SoldLooking through the First Reads Giveaways is where I came across Crazy Horse's Girlfriend and after reading just the Sovereign of Stars (The She-King, first sentence of the synopsis I knew I had to have it Soo I took a chance entered the giveaway crossed my Fall of Paris fingers that I would win and guess what? I Did But my excitement pretty much ended there Let's dive in to see whyFirst I would like to say that I neither enjoyed nor disliked this novel If that makes any sense There were parts where I was turned off and wanted to stop reading but on the other hand I was still slightly intrigued and wanted to see how everything panned out in the end Let's begin with the characters MagaritteMmmm I really didn't enjoy Magaritte as the main character She was a bit naive a bit of an asshole and was often insensitive to others With such odds being against her I was hoping that she would shine above all but she often did the opposite She was an underachiever horrible grades in school no real interest in being better than her peers or relatives However I liked that about her as well She wasn't the typical Mastering Search Analytics female protagonist in today's YA JakeJake was supposed to be the bad boy of the story You know the typical I'm the big drug dealing troubled kid that's in and out of jail But then again he wasn't What I mean is he was of course a drug dealer he was in out of jail Alot but he was also a really nice guy actually I liked the relationship that he had with his cousin Magaritte even though everytime they were together troubled ensued MikeThe new kid on the block Mysterious and rich Well atleast his parents were An adopted kid like Jake who moved to Idaho Springs Loaned for unknown reasons You Gertrude McFuzz and The Big Brag find out towards the end Mike was bit of a weird character I really liked him at Heal Your Life Now first mainly because he took a interest in Magaritte and I was hoping a love interest would soften her up a bit and also the Bondage For Sex fact that he was a reader Things end up happening The Monster in the Backpack fast between Mike and Magaritte before she The Cruisers (Book finds out what type of person he truly isIf you notice I only touch basis on three people and that's because the other characters in the book You Owe Me a Murder felt like extras to me Wasted space almost All of the characters Visible Panty Line fell Beyond Belief flat I couldn't connect to any other them Magaritte Jake and Mike included which is why it was hard Frenzy for me to truly enjoy the story Okay now on to the settingI believe the setting was the best aspect of this novel The Author wanted a gritty surrounding she wanted you to see the characters living in poverty and she definitely succeeded with that For example when she would describe an abandoned house it was as if you could see the old dingy La Jalousie furniture the broken shards on glass on the Live and Let Love floor the dusty toys The Grip of It families left behind in urgency It gave the story such a gloomy The Green Ghost and Other Stories feeling Whenever I was reading I always pictured it to be a cloudy day No sunshine just gray skies and rain In the end I give this novel 2 12 to 3 stars There were times were I hated certain things such as the dialogue where the Iceman Inheritance : Prehistoric Sources of Western Man's Racism, Sexism and Aggression fuck word is used excessively along with other things making the conversation between characters completely annoying and unbearable But as I stated earlier there were things that I sorta kinda liked as well I refuse to tell someone to not pick up a book I'm all about supporting authors whether I enjoy their work or not and really do Bride of Valverde feel that this book wasn't completely horrible The characters dialogue and writing could all be better But hey a book experience is what you make it right ?


10 thoughts on “Crazy Horses Girlfriend

  1. says:

    I won this book via goodreads in exchange for an honest review 16 Native American Drug Dealer Pregnant SoldLooking through the First Reads Giveaways is where I came across Crazy Horse's Girlfriend and after reading just the first sentence of the synopsis I knew I had to have it Soo I took a chance entered the giveaway crossed my fingers that I would win and guess what? I Did But my excitement pretty much ended there Let's dive in to see whyFirst I would like to say that I neither enjoyed nor disliked this novel If that makes any sense There were parts where I was turned off and wanted to stop reading but on the other hand I was still slightly intrigued and wanted to see how everything panned out in the end Let's begin with the characters MagaritteMmmm I really didn't enjoy Magaritte as the main character She was a bit naive a bit of an asshole and was often insensitive to others With such odds being against her I was hoping that she would shine above all but she often did the opposite She was an underachiever horrible grades in school no real interest in being better than her peers or relatives However I liked that about her as well She wasn't the typical female protagonist in today's YA JakeJake was supposed to be the bad boy of the story You know the typical I'm the big drug dealing troubled kid that's in and out of jail But then again he wasn't What I mean is he was of course a drug dealer he was in out of jail Alot but he was also a really nice guy actually I liked the relationship that he had with his cousin Magaritte even though everytime they were together troubled ensued MikeThe new kid on the block Mysterious and rich Well atleast his parents were An adopted kid like Jake who moved to Idaho Springs for unknown reasons You find out towards the end Mike was bit of a weird character I really liked him at first mainly because he took a interest in Magaritte and I was hoping a love interest would soften her up a bit and also the fact that he was a reader Things end up happening fast between Mike and Magaritte before she finds out what type of person he truly isIf you notice I only touch basis on three people and that's because the other characters in the book felt like extras to me Wasted space almost All of the characters fell flat I couldn't connect to any other them Magaritte Jake and Mike included which is why it was hard for me to truly enjoy the story Okay now on to the settingI believe the setting was the best aspect of this novel The Author wanted a gritty surrounding she wanted you to see the characters living in poverty and she definitely succeeded with that For example when she would describe an abandoned house it was as if you could see the old dingy furniture the broken shards on glass on the floor the dusty toys families left behind in urgency It gave the story such a gloomy feeling Whenever I was reading I always pictured it to be a cloudy day No sunshine just gray skies and rain In the end I give this novel 2 12 to 3 stars There were times were I hated certain things such as the dialogue where the fuck word is used excessively along with other things making the conversation between characters completely annoying and unbearable But as I stated earlier there were things that I sorta kinda liked as well I refuse to tell someone to not pick up a book I'm all about supporting authors whether I enjoy their work or not and really do feel that this book wasn't completely horrible The characters dialogue and writing could all be better But hey a book experience is what you make it right ?


  2. says:

    An intense compelling book about harsh harsh realities that doesn't shy away from that but also not from hope and heart Margaritte is a 16 year old mixed race Apache Chickasaw and Cherokee young woman living in Idaho Springs Colorado She's a drug dealer working with her cousin both her parents are physically abusive her white dad's an alcoholic and her apparently nice new boyfriend turns out to be a lying cokehead Halfway through the book she gets pregnant This sounds like a straightforward hard story of misery but it's never that simple Wurth continually resists the narrative of Margaritte being a victim and imbues her with smarts and self determination No one here is a stereotype everyone defies expectations and no one is only one thing even if they're an abuser or an asshole This gave me lots to think about issues like adoption teen pregnancy poverty colonization ueer native identity and It's a book that refuses to be easy to provide easy answers but is ready to show you other unexpected options


  3. says:

    I read this in one evening well a long evening; I stayed up into early the next morning because I couldn't put this book down and must say that I really got into this story Much of the book is indeed gritty and heart tearing to someone me who has daughters of Magaritte's generation After the first rather shocking chapter what really touched me was the tenderness of Magaritte and of her cousin Jake towards each other as well as their relatives and friends The first chapter is surely jarring and even disturbing; some of the issuessituations and just plain scariness of their world during the early 1990s are certainly laid bare for us The next chapter however although set in such difficulties begins to unveil just a little at a time the essence of Magaritte I don't want to spoil the read for anyone; I will just say here that she is what I would call a really believable girl of those times not nearly as tough as she would have us think and at the same time much much stronger This book plot characters messages is complex than my short review here which focuses on the running thread that is the actual truth and beauty of this young lady and I have known other young ladies very much like Magaritte The last thing I will say is that it made me cry Girls I knew from my daughters' teen years went on to such diverse life experiences and some didn't survive at all literally and figuratively What will Magaritte's future hold?


  4. says:

    Erika T Wurth's debut novel from Curbside Splendor Crazy Horse's Girlfriend also deals with teen pregnancy but the circumstances couldn't be differentWurth's protagonist Magaritte is a 16 year old Native American whose family has escaped the poverty and despair of the reservation but is just barely getting by in Idaho Springs Colorado Magaritte is a bright but irreverent young girl who juggles school and a part time job taking care of her toddler twin sisters keeping her wild cousin Jake out of trouble and staying out of her alcoholic father's way To make ends meet she helps Jake with petty drug deals Then she meets a boy Mike is the new kid in school who's moved from California to the wealthy suburbs of Idaho Springs He took my clothes off slowly his hand running down my hip over my thunderbird tattoo 'I love this thing' he said and kissed itThis exchange sends a warning to readers that Mike sees Magaritte not as a person so much as an exotic other a plaything for his fantasies Magaritte though street savvy and justifiably wary is still just a kid and she falls for him in a bad way Mike of course isn't as innocent as she is first made to believe and their romance has terrible conseuences for Magaritte Jake and her entire familyIt's a plot right out of an after school special but in Crazy Horse's Girlfriend there's no safety net On TV the hardest thing the protagonist has to do is face the conseuences of her actions Magaritte has to do that too and it's not easy but her situation is complicated by the constant threat of violence—both on the streets and in her homeWurth paints a stirring portrait of life at the margins for a Native American teen whose dream of living a normal life is compromised by the poverty she desperately tries to escape Crazy Horse's Girlfriend isn't just a story about Native Americans; it's an American story we cannot afford to ignore


  5. says:

    This is a tough read It's a gritty look at life in an impoverished small town in Colorado with 16 year old Margaritte figuring out who she is who it is she wants to be and how to make a life better than the one her parents made for her The writing and the pacing are imperfect here though those are secondary to the bigger story It's rare to see a Native main character in a YA novel and even rarer to see one who is dealing with a lot of challenges drugs pregnancy alcoholism an abusivealcoholic parent and figuring out how to make best with them in a way that doesn't disrespect her culture or background The ending was a little too neat for my own tastes especially after such a tough go of things but I suspect others may find it satisfying to have some of those bows tied


  6. says:

    It was good but there were uite a few typos missing words wrong words used and one instance where the sentence lacked meaning It was something like in the summer a warm windy day in January and that seems like something that should've been caught by an editor Wurth's storytelling was excellent and the novel was a good read but the editorial errors were distracting


  7. says:

    Just remembered I read this could have used a better editor but the main girl’s voice was super clear It’s one of the first YA books I can recall reading that dealt with drug use and abortion and both were presented in a v nonjudgmental way


  8. says:

    Sixteen year old Margaritte is constantly planning an escape route from her miserable circumstances A mix of Apache Chickasaw Cherokee and white she finds her Idaho Springs Colorado home nothing less than depressing Beyond ennui at home Margaritte has to deal with the daily stress of her volatile alcoholic father and a mother who can be eually explosive while helping care for her innocent six year old twin sisters She's tired of living on the cusp of poverty as well as being surrounded by teens who have no future aspirations High on their chart of escapism is drugs and alcohol while many girls succumb to teenage pregnancy—a statistic that Margaritte has no intention of becoming Ironically Margaritte who drinks and smokes pot sees the wads of cash she hopes to bring in as a drug dealer and her new love Mike Walker as the ticket out of her loathsome life Yet the hope of a brighter future suddenly appears dismal when Margaritte learns that she's pregnantIn her debut novel Wurth has created a plethora of hardened teens and their means of survival in unforgiving conditions The story's protagonist narrator is Margaritte whose insistence on not becoming a loser truly earmarks her as an underdog as she struggles to go against the grain of her impoverished society The language Wurth uses which includes Lakota terminology is raw and visceral reflecting just how tough these teens are especially MargaritteWritten in first person Wurth's narrative is full of literary techniues that highlight themes of codependency amid Native American culture during the 1990s Of prominence is Wurth's use of a leitwortstil a purposeful repetition of words that usually expresses an important story motif or theme in the phrase for a Moment The intentional capitalization of the letter m tells the reader that various characters most often Margaritte are deliberately observing a situation and wondering why life is like it is as in this example between Margaritte and her motherMom was grading It seemed like she was always grading She looked up smiled her dark eyes full of exhaustion She touched the bruise on my face with the back of her fingertips and I took her hand We watched each other like that for a Moment and then our hands dropped and I ate my cerealWurth does an excellent job describing the devastating effects of codependency in drugs alcoholism and relationships Although Margaritte is eually a victim of codependency she sees the horrific results of meth and coke addicts and the damaging effect that alcoholism has on her father The vicious cycle of codependency is not limited to substance abuse Wurth focuses on codependency in relationships such as Margaritte's mother who is in denial fixed on the happy memories of the past and believes that her husband is getting better when clearly he is not Another example Mike and Margaritte's happy beginning that turns sour With codependency one expects plenty of conflicts almost like a ticking time bomb which are bound to explode at some point And indeed Wurth creates enough un hackneyed conflicts to keep her story fresh and constantly movingWithout specifically stating that the story takes place in the 1990s Wurth refers to items from that time period such as the hip hop and rap music the teens listen to Biggie TuPac TV shows The Electric Company popular book titles Hyperion by Dan Simmons early Stephen King novels and items like cassette tapes and rotary dial phonesKudos to Wurth for producing a gripping and heart wrenching narrative that is not only a must read for young adult and older readers but also a wonderful addition to Native American literatureby Anita Lockfor Story Circle Book Reviewsreviewing books by for and about women


  9. says:

    Good Lord I'm loving the voice in this one


  10. says:

    Margaritte struggles with many aspects of her life throughout this book She is half Native American from her mother half white from her father works a job as a waitress that she hates and she hates going to High School She struggles with her identity and she turns to dealing drugs with her cousin Her home life is difficult because she has an alcoholic father and her mother refuses to accept that he has a problem making it difficult for Margaritte to want to be home at all She looks for ways to avoid being home or at school leading her to her boyfriend who only seems to want sex and ends up cheating on her She finds out that she is pregnant and is fearful of being a teenage bother because she thinks that because she is Native American she is just another negative statistic of Native American people She also struggles with her cousin being arrested and she nearly dies after her father nearly kills her and her family while he is drunkThere was a lot of tension throughout this book which I enjoyed Margaritte just can't seem to catch a break which especially sucks because she was already struggling with her personal day to day life with work school and home life Her life gets and complicated making it a little difficult to follow at times The book seems to move kind of slowly at first and then all at once she deals with her cousin being arrested her drunk father almost killing her and the struggle with being pregnant and trying to decide what she wants to do about the baby The big problem with this book is that there isn't really any resolutionit's a dark novel about a girl going through some really tough things and ends with her still dealing with those same issues While it was enjoyable because there was so much going on that it was hard to get bored the fact that there wasn't much resolution by the end makes me dislike it