Sarah Dessen meets the Wild West in this tale of wild mustangs, irresistible wranglers, and the first rule of horses: if you get bucked off, you have to get back on. Cassidy Carrigan wasn't planning to ever get on a horse again. She wasn't even planning on going to back to school after her dad moved out, her best friend ditched her, and her anxiety took over. But then she wasn't planning on being shipped off to a ranch in the mountains of Wyoming as a charity case either. Or falling for a cowboy with a broken nose and an even more broken soul. But sometimes you just have to do a stupid, dangerous thing to have the time of your life. Set in the wild, beautiful west, here is a story about fear and failure and falling in love when the odds are against you. Alternatingly heart-stopping and heart-breaking, The Thief of Happy Endings is a story that will stay with you, like a summer you'll never forget.
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I loved ‘Thief of Happy Endings’. Not only is it a huge departure from most young adult romances, but it also takes on the plight of the mustang in the west. The story also demonstrates how the Bureau of Land Management really has a hard time figuring out what to do with the mustangs.
Loss of freedom is a main theme in ToHE. While the loss freedom of the mustangs is the main loss , this loss is also felt with the teenagers. The teenagers have lost many of their own freedoms and independence being sent to this camp.
Cassidy and Jason were some of my favorite characters of all time. Jason really personified a young troubled cowboy. Cassidy is your typical good girl with troubles at home. Their slow burn romance really seemed genuine and sweet. I also liked the character of Alice. She is the perfect friend that Cassidy needs at the time. The character of Banner is the perfect mean girl to Cassidy’s good girl character. Even though the rest of the secondary characters were a little weak for me, I did like Kaya and Coulter.
The thing that really made this novel stand out for me is the setting. You don’t see too many books, especially young adult, that take place in Wyoming. The descriptions of the setting is just amazing and worth a read for that alone.
‘The Thief of Happy Endings’ is one of my favorite YA’s for the year. I really have heard nothing about it in other review sites or on YouTube. That is so unfortunate as I found it utterly amazing and well worth a read.