Monday, July 1, 2013

Where I Belong

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Publication Date: February 8, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen
Pages: 289
Keywords: New York, Texas, journey
Format Read: library book

Summary: 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. 

This was your basic "girl gets thrown in a different world and at first has a hard time but learns to love it" book. Basic plot line that was cute and fun. What made the majority of this book good was Heasley's writing. The style was so easy to read, minus the texts and emails (I still hate all the abbreviations. It drives me mad, and I wish they would all just disappear — ruins the flow of the words), and the general story flowed nice and quickly. The plot was definitely predictable, but not in a terrible way. I just figured certain things would happen — and they did — but there were some interesting things along the way as well.

As far as Corrinne herself, she was a super stuck-up and prissy girl in the first half of the book, as expected. But I still was frustrated when she didn't want to be friends with Kitsy (a lovely girl who talks to her in Texas) or Bubby (could we have given him a different name? I got used to it, but still found it a little weird for a person), a football player who befriends her as well. She was rude and despicable toward them, even though it wasn't their fault she got thrown to Texas.

And as for her friend Waverly — her NY friend who comes to visit toward the end of the book — I'm kind of angry with how things worked out between those two. I won't say anything more, other than that she hated Texas and just made fun of Corrinne all the time and all the people in it, when Corrinne is doing really well and making her life better by getting involved. Waverly was so irritating, and I wanted her to go away.

This reminded me of That Time I Joined The Circus in that the ending made me extremely angry and I don't agree with anyone's choices. But that's just me. Maybe you all feel differently?

This was another light summer read, perfect for when you're in a "girl-has-to-figure-out-how-to-adapt-to-new-life-and-meet-nice-boys" kind of reading mood.

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