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The life of Patrick Dilloway has been far less exciting and compli-cated than that of Frost Devereaux. Patrick grew up in the small town of Laporte, Michigan, where much of his family still resides. He graduated from Midland High School and then Saginaw Valley State University with an accounting degree. He still lives in Michigan, where he writes novels such as this when not chained to his desk, balancing debits and credits.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 520 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1442145196
  • ISBN-13: 978-1442145191
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,248,186 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By L. Potts on June 20, 2009
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Where You Belong is the story of Frost Devereaux, a writer, named for the nurse who brought him into the world. From tragic beginnings to his formative years and beyond, we are taken on a journey of love and loss, exploring his relationship with both Frankie, the love of his life, and her brother, Frank, who is there to pick up the pieces when she breaks Frost's heart. But who will Frost choose in the end?

This book made me care about the characters like old friends, and kept me intrigued right to the very end. I will be looking forward to reading Patrick Dilloway's next novel.

Highly recommended.
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Upon first beginning, "Where You Belong," I was quite entranced by the main character and his backstory. Frost is instantly sympathetic. The book opens in such a way that you realize you're in for something of a treat. By that I mean, the first few moments are delightfully funny, witty and charming. A tone that stays consistent through nearly the entire book. It is overall a pretty fun (albeit somewhat long) read. There is a hint of John Irving here in a lot of ways including the absent parent, bizarre accidents and sexual variations. Fans of such John Irving books as The World According to Garp, A Widow for One Year and The Hotel New Hampshire are sure to find a lot to like about Patrick Dilloway's book.

Frost is a young child who has been scarred for life. Both literally and figuratively. After being involved in a tragic car accident that takes the life of his mother and leaves him with a scar on his face he seems to be forever out of place wherever he goes. As such he is something of a curiosity to those he encounters. Likewise, he is instantly sympathetic to the reader. Particularly once we learn about his father and his mother and who they were, and the life that Frost lives during childhood. When Frost goes to Kindergarden and the other students frighten him, he is quickly befriended by Frankie and Frank, who accept him and love him for who he is (or so we hope). The story then proceeds to span three decades of Frost life as he meets one new interesting face after another, and pines for the affections of Frankie, while getting himself involved in other unusual relationships and friendships along the way.

There are a lot of things tackled in Where You Belong. Chief among them are big themes facing the gay community at large.
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I say "taking me by surprise" only because I didn't expect it to be such a good read. I've read a ton of John Irving, and I have to say that this story is definitely on par with his. The kind of stories that you're washed along with and though they have their down (read: sad) moments, they're balanced by all other moments--as it is in real life.

In a way, I'm almost upset that it's as good as it is, as I've just received this book that I've been wanting to read for such a long time (found a good deal), but I can't--and don't want to--put Mr. Dilloway's down. But on the flipside, I am rather glad that it has a nice length to it: gives me an opportunity to savor it a bit. That other book will be there waiting for me; I just hope when I'm done with this one, I won't want more of it. Complete sincerity when I say you will not be disappointed. Well worth the price I see listed.
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Initially, I decided to pick up Where You Belong by Pat Dilloway because he said it was the very best of his books. He said he was inspired and that he would never write anything better than this novel. I think that's what he still says about it. I figured that sounded like a good place to start. I mean, if an author says about one of his books that it's the best thing he's capable of writing, you may as well start with that, right? Yeah, that's what I thought, too.

It didn't take me very long to realize that if this wis the best that Dilloway has to offer, then I won't be reading any of his books.

First, it's written in first person. (I haven't been shy about how I feel about first person. But it's worse, because it's written in first person omniscient and, well, that's just not a thing. I mean, unless your protagonist is God (or, maybe, Charles Xavier), omniscient and first person do not go together. That's the whole reason for writing in first person, to have a limited view of what's going on. A view limited to only what the protagonist knows and observes. That's why first person works so well in detective fiction, because the whole point of that is the protagonist trying to work out what he doesn't know from his rather limited perspective. This issue of allowing the first person protagonist to know too much is very pervasive in first person stories, but I'd never seen full-on first person omniscient before. Yes, it set me against the book right from the start, because, again, first person omniscient is not a thing.

[Note: Dilloway has spoken on his blog and various other places that the book was originally written in third person and that he later went back and converted it.
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A 4-star rating for "Where You Belong" by Patrick Dilloway. This novel details the life experiences of a Frost Deveraux into his mid-30s and his relationship with the Maguire twins.

I recommend this story to those readers who enjoy an in-depth reading experience. Frost Deveraux is not a dynamic individual. The core of this story revolves around the interesting and tragic experiences of his life. This is not an intense story. However, there are a couple of tragic occurrences.

Personally, This novel was not among my favorites. That is my personal reaction but would not apply to everyone. Just as each of us like different foods and colors. Though there were tragic experiences, this book is not a tragic novel. It is difficult to categorize "Where You Belong" as it is a fictional story that reads like an autobiography. My issue with the story is Frost Deveraux is not a dynamic character. He is timid, shy, and easily manipulated by others. His life seems to be directed by chance as he does not show much personal initiative. He just seems to fall into situations and he goes with the flow as best he can. Frost is not motivated by power or money. He only wants to be loved and accepted. I found the Maguire twins lives to be far more interesting. Reading Frances Maguire's story would be exciting.
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