Where I Belong is chock-full of genuine characters and blossoming relationships. Corrinne starts off as a very bratty character, and had it not been for the “Dear Readers” prologue telling us to hang in there, I probably would’ve given up on her. I loved seeing her grow into a caring person who no longer held material possessions over family and friends. Seeing her open up and embrace her family was very touching.
Another thing I really enjoyed was the cool friendship-to-romance build up between Corrinne and Bubby. Though I must say that is a terrible name for a boy, lol, but I guess it’s very Texas. Their little back and forths were very entertaining and it built great tension.
Corrinne did make an insta-friend in Kitsy, the cute, bubbly cheerleading captain. I loved that she was genuinely nice. I had expected her to pretend to be nice and then do mean things to Corrinne, but no. She just wanted to be friends with her. And when she invited her places, it wasn’t with any hidden agendas. Total Texas sweetheart. I also adored Corrinne’s family. All of them for different reasons. And it was nice to read a book about them connecting to one another.
Though I live in Texas, Houston is so different from the small towns like the one Corrinne moves to, so in a way it was just as new to me. If you’re a fan of the tv show Friday Night Lights, that town has the same kind of feel as this one. They live for those Friday night high school football games and parties in open fields with beer kegs ready.
Overall what stuck with me most about this book was how good it made me feel. It’s one of those books you read when you need some happiness. So if you’re in the market for a “happy book,” this one is definitely one I’d recommend.
PS – Check back tomorrow for my review of Gwendolyn Heasley’s newly released and companion novel to Where I Belong, A Long Way from You! Which stars the fabulous Kitsy! :D
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Series: Where I Belong #1
Published by HarperCollins
Pub Date: February 8th 2011
Format: eBook | Source: Purchased
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
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Corrinne Corcoran’s upscale Manhattan life is perfectly on track—until her father announces he’s been laid off and she’s shipped off to Broken Spoke, Texas, to live with her grandparents. All alone in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the glamorous life she’s supposed to be living. But as she grudgingly adjusts—making new friends and finding romance along the way—this city girl begins to realize that life without credit cards and shopping sprees may not be as bad as it seems….
In this sparkling debut that flawlessly balances romance and humor, readers will grow to love sharp and sassy Corrinne as she goes on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery.