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Where I Belong Paperback – February 8, 2011
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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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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
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed this city-to-country-girl story, and enjoyed how different Corinne's life becomes. Also enjoyed seeing Corinne grow as a person. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Starlíe Cruz
Amazingly great!!!!!! Love it!!!!! A series!!!!! Everyone needs to read this book!!!!! Omg omg omg loved it so muck that I died inside!!!Published 16 months ago by Jessica Cooper
I absolutely loved this book, just one think is the ending does anyone know if there is sequel?Published 22 months ago by Charlene Mohler
I really enjoyed reading Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley. Charming characters and a believable storyline made this a well done contemporary young adult book. Read morePublished on June 23, 2014 by Kathy Habel
I didn't expect to like this book when I started reading it. I discovered the book after reading the first few chapters in a YA Sampler. Read morePublished on April 28, 2014 by Jennifer
Light reading, good story and a happy ending. Just the right book to read while relaxing on a vacation! I enjoyed it!Published on April 21, 2014 by clarso9
Corrinne was very whiny in the beginning of this book. I thought she was very self centered. Some times it takes a difficult situation to bring out the best in someone. Read morePublished on April 18, 2014 by Margie
i love this book i finished it in 2 days and i got it here really fast i definitely recommend this book!!!Published on January 11, 2014 by Ana-Jade
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