Praise for Catch Rider
"Powerful writing propels a well-plotted horse story in Lyne's impressive debut...Everything comes together here—setting, dialogue, horse details and, most impressively, voice—so that the near–fairy-tale ending works; like the rest of the book, it feels absolutely true. A standout." [Starred review.]
— Kirkus Reviews
"For many girls, it isn't truly summer without a great horse book - Jennifer H. Lyne's Catch Rider fits that bill."
"Lyne delivers a thrilling and moving novel that is a fantastic story for anyone with a big dream and looking for the courage to keep trying."
— The Richmond Times-Dispatch
"Riveting, fast paced story..." (4 stars)
— Common Sense Media
Chosen by The Atlantic for the 2013 Summer Book Guide: "In this update on the classic girl-and-a-horse story, 14-year-old Sid is from the wrong side of the tracks, but she can ride with the best of them. She wants to be a "catch rider," or show rider, a dream that takes her to a very important event at Madison Square Garden."
“Girls and horses never go out of style. . . . Lyne fills her story with details about various breeds, horsemanship, and horse-riding competition, immersing readers into this very specialized world. The setting of a small town that is hard to escape rings just as true.”
— Booklist Online
"Great dialogue...solid writing...there's plenty of rich, accurate show circuit detail to make the storyline ring true. (Readers) ...will be swept up by the challenges the resilient Sydney faces in the tack - and out of it."
— The Chronicle of the Horse
"I'm no horse expert, but this tale sure feels and smells like the real deal. It was a real page turner for me. Perhaps you know a book where there is resolution to the story but you are so into the characters that you are not ready to say goodbye...I'm sure hoping to see another book out of this debut author."
— Richie Partington, www.richiespicks.com
“There is a delight one can only get from writing that is authentic in all its aspects. The Virginia horse world, its rigors, rhythms, social mores, and strange beauty are all effortlessly conveyed in Jennifer Lyne’s novel, the characters so true we can hear their breath."
— Chandler Burr, author, The Emperor of Scent