Oct 18, 2011

Where I Belong, by Gwendolyn Heasley

Where I Belong, by Gwendolyn Heasley
Publisher: HarperTeen
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Paperback: 289 pages
Age Group: Young Adult
Source: Library
Challenge: Debut Author, Support Your Local Library
Rating: 4 stars

Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she's supposed to be living. She doesn't care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.
First off, don't be deceived by the cover. It's beautiful, but it makes it look like this story is all about love. It's not. I mean, don't think I don't love a good love story, because I do. But sometimes I like more than just a love story. There was some romance in this book, but it wasn't all that it was about. It was kind of the side part of it. 
I've been waiting to read this ever since seeing it on the Debut Author Challenge list. I looked it up and it sounded really good. When I was able to snag this at the library, I was very ecstatic and started reading it right away because I wanted a good, short contemporary to read. And it was great! 
I mean, I really liked it, but I didn't love, love it. If that makes sense. I mean, it kept you reading and you were done with 100 pages in a snap of a finger. You were sucked into Corrine's new life. The only thing that annoyed me to death was Corrine. She was such a brat! The way she treated people just made me want to smack her. I mean, yeah, it had to be really hard to move from New York city where you grew up all your life being rich (Must be nice!) and then in a short period being shipped to Texas to live with your grandparents and being put in public school, but still. 
She didn't have to be such a brat about it. I hated her constant whining about how her life sucked SO badly. But at least she grew up a bit by the end of the novel. She changed a lot for the better. I really liked  the new Corrine. 
I really liked Kitsy, too. She was a really nice, fun person. I'd love to have a friend like her! And I really liked Bubby and Hands, they were funny. Rider, on the other hand, ugh! That is all I will say about that, I can just say I could tell how he was from the start. 
I really liked Corrine's Grandma and Grandpa too, they were fun and I wish I had grandparents like them.   
Overall, it was a fun book to read. The writing was good and I can't wait to read more from Heasley. I was on her website, like I always do after finishing a book, and I saw she is writing a story about Kitsy! I'm ecstatic over that! I mean, I really wish there was a sequel to this one, but reading with Kitsy as the main character will be really fun. 

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