Ghost Horse by Thomas McNeely

Ghost Horse


Author: Thomas McNeely
Format: Paperback, 226 pages
Source: Received from TLC Book tours in exchange for an honest review

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Synopsis (from Goodreads)
Set amidst the social tensions of 1970’s Houston, Ghost Horse tells the story of eleven-year-old Buddy Turner’s shifting alliances within his fragmented family and with two other boys–one Anglo, one Latino–in their quest to make a Super-8 animated movie. As his father’s many secrets begin to unravel, Buddy discovers the real movie: the intersection between life as he sees it and the truth of his own past. In a vivid story of love, friendship, and betrayal, Ghost Horse explores a boy’s swiftly changing awareness of himself and the world through the lens of imagination.

Author (from Goodreads)

A former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer in fiction at Stanford University, Thomas H. McNeely’s work has appeared in The Atlantic, Ploughshares, The Virginia Quarterly Review, and Epoch, and has been anthologized in The Best American Mystery Stories; What If?: Writing Exercises for Fiction Writers; and Algonquin Books’ Best of the South:From the Second Decade of New Stories from the South. He has also received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Dobie Paisano Program at the University of Texas at Austin, and the MacDowell Colony. He currently teaches in the Stanford Online Writers’ Studio and the Emerson College Honors Program. Ghost Horse, his first novel, winner of the Gival Press Novel Award, was published in October 2014.

My Review
Generally I really like coming of age stories, they always have such inspiring tales to tell and really show you that people really can overcome almost everything. Ghost Horse was no different. I really enjoyed hearing Buddy’s story and thought it was written beautifully. I thought that the fact the story was written from the view of an 11 year old boy- Buddy. This really allowed his story to come through and was not clouded with the view and perspective of adults. Thomas’ writing was really great and really helped get Buddy’s ideas across.

If you enjoy coming of age stories, then you will definitely enjoy this one.

Overall I give this book

3.5 hippos out of 5 hippos.

Thank you to


For allowing me to participate in this book tour.


3 thoughts on “Ghost Horse by Thomas McNeely

  1. Pingback: Thomas McNeely, author of Ghost Horse, on tour October 2014 | TLC Book Tours

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