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.
About the Author
Kristen Chandler is the author of the award-winning Girls Don’t Fly and Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me. Kristen became a writer after being paid in cookies to tell stories to a crying toddler. The crying toddler liked Kristen’s stories enough to stop crying, and Kristen liked cookies enough to keep telling stories. Kristen has also been a ranch hand, waitress, salesperson, ice cream store manager, secretary, freelance journalist, and college writing instructor. She lives in Utah.
Praise for THIEF OF HAPPY ENDINGS:
“Cassidy’s life is multilayered, as she navigates new friendships and family difficulties, and finds romance with another rancher, but the real romance is between Cassidy and the horses as she learns to overcome her fears.” – Publishers Weekly
“Chandler finds authentic emotion […] in Thief of Happy Endings.” – Salt Lake City Weekly
“Contemplative and observant.” – Booklist
“A complex story that unfolds slowly, with no startling transformations or revelations, just a real-life sense of growth, accomplishment, and purpose.” – Kirkus Reviews
“Bittersweet… An overall heartfelt story for contemporary YA readers.” – Wishful Endings blog
“If you like horses, some romance, and a good amount of deep emotion, this is a book to look out for.” – Cover2Cover blog