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Where You Belong Paperback – May 14, 2009
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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can't believe I never reviewed this. It might not make a difference because it wasn't done when I should've done it but this was a beautifully written book. It made me think. Read morePublished 4 months ago by JeanieJeanie
I tried to give this story a chance, but it's very longwinded, it's slow, and the writing is mediocre at best. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Knox Kingston
I liked the main character Frost early in the story. Frost starts out in life with some problems. His mother dies in an accident which also leaves him scarred at an early age. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Good Book Alert
Im about half way through, but I do like his personal views of the characters. Reminds me alot of John Irving, style, mixing trajedy and emotions.Published on February 4, 2013 by beth messner
Not only did I think that the story was a little weird but what ever happened to correct grammar? It is ironic that the character is an editor and supposedly proof reads... Read morePublished on January 3, 2013 by Eva G.
I really loved this book. It's well written, the pace is good and all the characters are vivid. The novel is certainly inspired to Irving classic novels (like hotel new hampshire)... Read morePublished on May 20, 2012 by modxxii
This book is a rare find.
The author, Mr. Dilloway, has woven a beautiful narrative through the often troubled life of Frost Devereaux. Read more
Except maybe Frost,the main character. Although the novel is written from Frost's point of view, I found him a little ho-hum. As for the people in his life...WOW! Read morePublished on April 7, 2011 by Jay
A smooth read... a bit on the long side, but Dilloway has a knack for pulling the rug out from under the reader's expectations at well-calculated times. Read morePublished on August 29, 2010 by A. L. Sirois