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About the Author

Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and earned master’s degrees from the University of Missouri-Columbia and the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Gwendolyn lives in Naples, Florida, the setting of Don’t Call Me Baby, but still misses New York City. She is also the author of two other novels for teens, Where I Belong and A Long Way from You, and a digital original novella, The Art of Goodbye.


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Product Details

  • Series: Where I Belong (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; 1 edition (February 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061978841
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061978845
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #233,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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My family is from New York, but we moved to Minnesota when I was four. I loved growing up the frozen tundra (using the word "pop" and eating "bars). I attended the same school (in the same building) for fourteen years before heading south to warmer weather at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina. There, I grew to love southerners, hush puppies, and NASCAR. I did this all while studying English.

After writing and then peddling greeting cards for a year, I went back to the Midwest for a graduate degree in Journalism at the University of Missouri-Columbia. I grew to love the small college town, the Mizzou Tigers, and spending weekends in the library.

In my Devil Wears Prada moment, I moved to NYC to get my start in journalism. This is what happened instead: the recession hit, I couldn't find a paying job, and I had to live with my parents. It was then that I wrote Where I Belong, which is about the recession.

A Long Way From You is the companion novel to Where I Belong and The Art of Goodbye is a digital sequel.

Don't Call Me Baby is my most recent novel.

I now live in Naples, Florida with my husband and baby daughter Arrietty, who is named after the main character in The Borrowers.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Emma Juarez on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
I won this book here, thanks Harper Teen for the ARC. I absolutely loved this book!

Corrinne Corcoran is a rich girl who gets everything she wants, when she wants it. That is until her dad loses his job and she, along with her brother and mom, move to Broken Spoke, Texas to live with her grandparents, whom she had only met a couple of times before.

Corrine wants nothing to do other than sulk and try to find a way back to her old life. While living with her grandparents and while her mom is back in NY trying to sell their apartment, she has to go to public school, is forced to take a job shoveling manure, and eats way too much, since according to her in NY staying thin is a sport. Out of all of the bad things that have happened, she meets Rider, whom she works with next to and her mission is to get him to ask her out. In order to do that, she enlists the help of Kitsy, a girl in her Spanish class who she is slowly becoming friends with. Even though she has to go to a school dance with Bubby, the guy that from the first day has made fun of her, she is willing to do that in order to get Rider to pay attention to her.

Through her stay at Broken Spoke, she learns about why her mother has stayed away so long from there, learns how to drive and really knows how she feels when her best friend from NY, Waverly, goes to visit her.

At the beginning of the book there is a note to the readers, that if you hate her at first to keep reading, which is a very good idea. We join Corrine through her self discovery and that money really isn't everything
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jenny, Wondrous Reads on February 13, 2011
Format: Paperback
Until last week, I had heard absolutely nothing about this book. Not a word. Then I saw it in Kristi at The Story Siren's In My Mailbox post, and I bought it straight away. I mean, just look at the cover... does this book not scream HOT TEXAN COWBOY?! Why yes, yes it does. And there are! I must own any book set in Texas that features boys wearing cowboy boots as they stroll around fields saying "Y'all". It's a rule.

Where I Belong is fresh and funny, and full of Texan charm. It also reminded me of Melissa Walker's Lovestruck Summer, which is a book I almost proposed to in 2009. (Seriously, I was *this* close). I have a mini fascination with stories about people moving to new states or just Texas in general, though I have never (and probably will never - I'm scared of flying) been there. I don't know much about the state, but I am an avid Friday Night Lights fan. That show has taught me a lot, including how important football is to Texans, and how Friday night is usually spend watching the games. I also know there are lots of fields and a cool accent, but that's about as far as my knowledge goes. Unless you want to know what kind of jeans Tim Riggins wears...

My point is that I love learning about different places in the US. Things across the pond are so different to here in the UK, and Gwendolyn Heasley does a brilliant job of setting the scene. I felt I was actually in Texas with Corrinne, preparing for rodeos and driving a truck like something out of Twilight. Talking of Corrinne, our dear protagonist, I didn't like her at first. She's like Blair Waldorf in the heart of NYC, with bitchy friends and more money than sense. When her father loses everything in the recession, she's forced to leave her whole life behind, and move to Broken Spoke, Texas.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kailia Sage on August 20, 2012
Format: Paperback
Y'all, sometimes, you need to read a book where you know everything that is going to happen. From the second you read the summary, you know the entire plot but you need a pick me up novel. Where I Belong is just that. Not the best book out there and certainly clichéd, but it's still a "make up feel good" type of book.

Form the beginning, Corrinne is the girl you want to hate. She's obnoxious and oblivious and stuck up. So when she's got to move from her large city, glamorous life style to a small town, her reactions are predictable. She's not going to like it and will constantly complain. Surprisingly, I found some of me in Corrinne. Like her, I had to move from a large city (Atlanta) when my dad got a new job to the middle of nowhere. I felt her pain at the new place where everyone knew everyone else; their grandparents had gone to school together even! That sort of environment is hard to settle into but again, I knew that Corrinne would eventually. So yes, the plot was in one word: obvious.

Corrinne and the rest of the cast of characters were just what I was expecting: from the hard working mother and father, to the amazing grandparents, to that one girl in the small town who is really nice and that one football player that is destined to get out and make it big! Mind you, it's not all that bad. It's an enjoyable read and I liked reading about these characters. Corrinne goes through the most change in this novel but with only 289 pages (the beginning 100 or so are spent complaining about the new town), there isn't much that can happen. She does grow though, which is my point. She accepts what's happening, makes friends, and even gets a job!

Overall, Where I Belong was a clichéd novel that was an enjoyment novel.
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