The A Circuit (A Circuit Series #1)

The A Circuit (A Circuit Series #1)

by Georgina Bloomberg, Catherine Hapka

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Overview

The A Circuit is the top of the top when it comes to horse showing. It's a world with its own rules and super-privileged lifestyles. Teens employ private tutors so they can travel the circuit all year showing horses that cost as much as some people's homes.
Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all elite competitors on the circuit, but they come from totally different backgrounds. Tommi is a billionaire heiress trying to prove she has real talent (not just deep bank accounts). Kate puts the working in working student-every win has been paid for with hours of cleaning stalls. She's used to the grueling schedule, but Fitz, the barn's resident hot guy, is about to become a major distraction. And then there's Zara. She's the wild child of a famous rockstar, but she's ready to take riding seriously. Can a party girl really change her ways?
Readers who enjoy peeking into the elite world of series of Gossip Girl or The A-List will feel right at home in this new series with its friendships, drama, and privilege set against a backdrop of competitive horseback riding.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781599906881
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/24/2011
Series: A Circuit Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 372,338
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Georgina Bloomberg is the younger daughter of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. An accomplished equestrian, Georgina is on the board of directors of the Equestrian Aid Foundation. She is also the founder of the charity, Rider's Closet, which collects used riding clothes for collegiate riding teams that are unable to afford them. Georgina is a graduate of New York University's Gallatin School of Individualized Study. [This bio is not yet approved for use out of house.] Catherine Hapka has published more than 200 books for children and young adults, including many about horses. A lifelong horse lover, she rides several times per week and keeps three horses on her small farm in Pennsylvania. In addition to writing and riding, she enjoys animals of all kinds, reading, gardening, music, and travel.
Georgina Bloomberg is the younger daughter of New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg. An accomplished equestrian, Georgina travels the circuit with her horses and lends her time to many equine charities. A portion of her proceeds from this book will be donated to the Equestrian Aid Foundation.
Catherine Hapka has published many books for children and young adults. She keeps three horses at her small farm in Pennsylvania.

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A Circuit 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 58 reviews.
katieb206 More than 1 year ago
The A Circuit has been described as a cross between Canterwood Crest and The A List. I can definitely say that that's a pretty good description of it and I can also say that I enjoyed it greatly. It's not going to become one of my all-time favorites but I think it's a great book for horse lovers! Kate, Tommi, and Zara have one thing in common: their love of horses. Kate is a poor student who happened to fall into the good graces of Jamie, the trainer at Pelham Lane Stables. Tommi is the daughter of a billionaire who is looking for a way to make horses her career. Zara is the daughter of a rock star who is just looking for the next party. It doesn't seem like anything could bring these girls together but the stable does and it also brings new challenges that each girl must face. Kate and Tommi were very likable characters but Zara was not. She was rude, spoiled, bratty, and just plain inconsiderate. There was nothing about her that I liked through the whole book. Hopefully she will grow up as the series goes on. As for Kate, she was nice but she was naive and so obsessed with the barn and horses. Tommi was smart, practical, and very cool. She was my favorite of the three girls. The plot was a bit slow. Nothing seemed to happen for a while and even when it did, it wasn't all that exciting. I don't know anything about horses or shows so everything was also a little confusing to me. Not so bad that I couldn't read it though. Overall, The A Circuit is one I would recommend to people who actually know something about horses already. It's a really quick read and I think the series holds great appeal.
ChelseaW More than 1 year ago
Three very different girls come together over their love of showing horses. Tommi is a billionaire heiress who has spent most of her life in her older sister's shadow. Kate is a suburban girl working her hardest at the barn to escape her deteriorating mother. And Zara is the new girl, fresh from California and the daughter of a rock star. Despite their differences, these three girls will learn to overcome themselves and one another in order to shine bright in the spotlight. It is a good thing this book was short, because I do not know how much more celebrity/rich girl/horse drama I could stand. The world of privileged girls showing horses is not an easy one to get into, but authors Hapka and Bloomberg try to share of glimpse of what it is like. A lot of times, the barn seemed like a fun place to be. Girls who have horses or like horses should fall into the story fairly easily. Girls who are not as familiar with the equine language and protocol may feel lost throughout most of the scenes. Kate was by far the most interesting character, as I thought she was the one who had the most layers and motivation around her. Even so, there were many bits of the story and characters that were left unfinished and felt very shallow. Especially with Kate's mom and all of the eye rolling the girls did. Readers may get frustrated with the lack of focus on these elements. Though it was not my cup of tea, Georgina Bloomberg is knows about showing horses, and her expertise shines through in this debut.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lol i loved this book i couldnt stop reading it till i was done. Reccomended 4 ages 13+ :D
DanceBree17 More than 1 year ago
First thing out...this is a great first book in the series and it really sets up the characters well. The bad girl, Zara, is the typical rebel teenager who wants to have fun and bend the rules, but the authors make a point to show she has more heart than you expect. For that matter, all the main characters show they have a lot more under the surface than this one book reveals. In later books this will be good to keep the interest going between releases. The only bad thing is the reliance on a lot of horse show terminology and scenes makes it more of a turn off for me. I just never got into horse riding(too much of a city girl here) and so for me a lot of the beauty of the book is lost on me. But if you are a girl who has gotten into riding in any fashion, you will love this book i am sure. For me, it will just be this one book for me and I will not go after the others in the series.
Angela Santoro More than 1 year ago
Does anyone know when the next book in this series is coming out and what the title will be?? BTW i loveeeee this book i have read it a billion times
Lauren817 More than 1 year ago
Ever since Gossip Girl and The A-List, two of my favorite guilty pleasure series, ended, I have been trying to find the next flashy and light series to replace them. Luckily, I think I just may have found what I have been looking for in The A Circuit, Georgina Bloomberg & Catherine Hapka's new look into the exclusive would of horses, wealthy girls, and the secrets that tie them together. For Kate and Tommi, the world of horse showing is everything. Addictive, fun, and fully of plenty of rewards, both are willing to sacrifice nearly anything to be the best of the best. For Kate, this means working herself to the ground so she can compete and work with one of the best trainers in the country, and for Tommi, this means going against what her father and sister think is the best for her. However, everything changes when Zara comes to town. Flashy, wealthy, and snarky, Zara is the queen of mean, and because of this, she quickly winds up on the bad sides of Tommi and Kate. What happens, though, when you throw in one bad boy player, a party, and a disaster that may change everything? Will Kate, Tommi, and Zara come to the rescue? Or will their bitter feud ruin everything? Only time and more pages can tell in this glossy read sure to enchant even the most reluctant of readers. While this book did not continue the most developed of characters, I still did enjoy reading about Kate, Tommi, and Zara in their alternating perspectives. My favorites out of the bunch would probably have to be Kate and Tommi, because not only did I find their friendship an interesting side to the story, but I also enjoyed how they were more "real" then Zara. The addition of Fitz, the player, was also interesting, though I sometimes felt his character was all over the place, and because of it, I never knew if I should like him, love him, or hate him. The most exciting part of The A Circuit though would have to be the focus on horses. When I was little, I used to love horse reads- even though I was terrified of riding horses myself- and because of this, I loved seeing the behind the scene of horse shows and all the determination and work that is put in to be the best of the best. The ending is this was also good enough to make me not only curious to see what will happen next the characters, but also happy that it was not exactly cliff-hanger-ish. Full of horses, drama, and a dose of depth, The A Circuit is a great lazy day read. Grade: B
BookSpot on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The A Circuit is the top tier when it comes to horse shows. And Tommi, Kate, and Zara are all trying to prove they have what it takes to be--and compete--there.Tommi is the daughter of one of New York's richest men. With an older sister everyone compares her to and a father who hangs out with New York's mayor, people expect a lot form Tommi. But what she expects from herself and what they expect might not be the same things.Kate works with the horses that cost possibly as much as her house for the opportunity at riding them, knowing her parents could never afford it otherwise. She might not have the money of everyone else in the barn, but she's going to work hard--bordering on too hard--to prove she deserves to be there--and make the most of her chance.Zara's the daughter of a rock star and a movie star. Used to being stalked by paparazzi in LA she's looking for a change of pace in this New York barn . . . she just didn't expect quite how different it was going to be. Can the party girl really buckle down and take showing seriously?Three girls, each with something to prove to someone--maybe even themselves--about their commitment to horses and showing all come together in The A Circuit.If you already know about horses and shoes (and especially if you also love Gossip Girl or similar series) then this is the book for you. However, if you don't, you'll miss a little in The A Circuit.There's a fair amount of terminology used--for everything from preparing the horses to what the horses actually do to what happens to the horses, etc--that never gets explained. I don't mean that there needs to be a paragraph by any means but there are places where a comma and a few words would have helped me.As I said, though, if you do know all of what they're talking about then you get more enjoyment out of the story because you get all of it (and a fair amount of people will know it from reading previous books and it's being marketed to horse show enthusiasts/that world).I did actually like that the horse care, talk was so much a part of the book (if not better explained) because it made the book not just another Gossip Girl-esque story. It really set the story in its own world and the characters had something they were passionate about and truly cared about.Since the characters were so different (each of the three main female characters was very unique), I would have liked to see more of them individually. It felt like the book started to get into them, but then either backed off or ran out of time ... There were a lot of secondary characters (it actually got a little confusing in the beginning with the horse terminology and the lots of characters introduced right off), if there's more in this world I hope it focuses more on the central characters.This is a fun read but definitely much, much more fun if you know about horses and showing so you can understand everything that's said.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book very much along with the rest of the series. It is a more Teen/Adultish version of the Canterwood Crest series which I had also enjoyed in previous years. This series is a very well written story in my opinion I liked that the characters were like total opposite to each other even though they are still friends and from different backgrounds in their lives. This series gives you an insight to characters that are all different but share a common liking, Horses, some may be Rich & llive in fancy placed others may have exactly what they need or are happy with... In other words its a lot like the real world but in a story line that keeps the reader wanting more and more of Kate, Tommi, Zara and the others who all ride or work at the famous Pelham Lane Stables.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book. At first I had a little adjusting to do, but once I reread it, it was amazing. It really didn't end completely, but there are three other books in the series. Can't wait to read and review them!
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I love it its so amazingly suspinceful ar tims and its just an awesime book ti read if your bored
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This book was really good my character was definetly zara. Shes spunky fun and super sassy whens the THIRD coming out AWESOME
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would recommend to all my young friends!!!
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One of the best books ever a must read for all equestrian teens!
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I honestly couldn't put it down when i was reading it. Unfotunately, i wasn't able to finish it because of technical problems. :( cant wait to start it up again, though!
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This book was amazing; drama filled with excitement at every turn that always keeps you on your toes. Definatly a five star book!
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