I loved "Riding Invisible" and had a hard time putting it down. The story begins with young Yancy running away from home on his horse, Shy, and the journal of his adventure. Yancy also happens to be an illustrator, and his illustrations help put the reader in the mind of an adolescent boy. While the subject matter is serious - abusive brother, parents trying to cope with the brother's mental illness, homelessness, and more - the book is not morose or depressing. The author clearly writes from the boy's point of view, seeing all these issues as he sees them.
I would say "Riding Invisible" is appropriate for ages 13 and up due to some of the language and situations. But as an adult, I truly appreciated the child's perspective, and it made me think about fairness in families when one child's behavior creates chaos. Perhaps I cared about Yancy so much becasue the character was so well developed. Spoiler alert: in the end it seemed there was hope.
I highly recommend this book. It is a very different read, and one that will leave readers of all ages thinking beyond the pages.
A young man runs away with his horse to escape his troubled brother.