REVIEW: “Where I Belong” by Gwendolyn Heasley

Title: Where I Belong

Author: Gwendolyn Heasley

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Rating: ★★★★☆

Synopsis (via Goodread)

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.

My Review and thoughts:

Let me just start off by saying that i am not a big fan of reading books about spoiled rich girls (ie: Gossip Girl). I picked this book up for its BEAUTIFUL cover (you know me and pretty covers, its an addiction). I started reading this book a while ago then put it down after a chapter. I hated how spoiled Corrinne acted and how selfish she was. It annoyed the hell out of me. So a  month later i promised myself i’d finish reading it (that’s what always happens to me right? 😛 ). So i did. I read it with gritted teeth whenever Corrinne acted like a selfish cry baby.. but she got better! i was quite surprised with how fast she adjusted (even though she kept denying her adjustment). Then came Rider, the singer wannabe working at the stables she started working in *gasp*. I knew from the beginning he would be a douche looking for a way in to the entertainment industry. But bubby, i LOVED bubby. The highschool quarterback. He was adorable with his teasing of Corrinne every 5 seconds. Somehow nowadays the quarterbacks get all the girls.. back in the day the quarterbacks were the douches and the tortured souls (singers, writers) got the girls.

Corrinne proved that she wasn’t superficial, that all she needed was a reality check to change her perspective. Kitsy (highschool classmate) helped her find that perspective. I loved kitsy’s bubbly personality and kidness. I didn’t expect Kitsy to stick around at the beginning but i give her credit for sticking. The book turned its charms on later in the book and i loved it. Corrinne finally turned from tolerable to an awesome protagonist. I especially loved it when her best friend from Manhattan (Weaverly) visited and she saw how everyone saw how SHE acted at the beginning: too good for this place and them.

I would have been sad to see her and Weaverly’s friendship dissolving, so i was happy with how the book patched up all the relationships. What i found cute about this book is the weird names of all the characters: Bubby, Rider, Jenny Jo. Definetly names that’ll stick in your head for a while!

It was a cute read, it was a bit hard to get through the beginning couple of chapters but after that i was looking forward to reading it whenever i had free time. Also my decision to read a book based on the book cover hasn’t let me down yet again 😉


12 responses

  1. Hi. Thanks for posting your reply on my $25 GC for Barnes and Noble. That worked great. Sorry about the gadget acting up.

    Anyway, you have a great review. Like you I really don’t like books about spoiled people in general. This one sounded like a good read. =D I’m following you know and will definitely be back. BTW, I loved your intro on your twitter page. You are special and it’s NOT because your from Libya (even though I loved the way you wrote that). It’s because you’re you (man, now I sound like your mom LOL).

    Have a great week! Tina “”

      • its because i am using wordpress and they don’t support GFC, thats been causing me lots of problems, i am thinking of switching to blogspot but i dont want to lose everything ive done here =\.

      • hi again – I reloaded Intense Debate on my blog and now if you click on the Comments (0) link it takes you to all of the comments and the comments box. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. I think now that I know how to use Rafflecopter I’ll start doing all of my giveaways on there. It’s so much simpler.

        I’ve tried to use WordPress and can never get it to work for me. I’ve only been able to use Blogger efficiently. If you need help let me know. I’ve had to restart my Family Literacy blog due to a reader w/ malware. So, I’m slowly starting to move everything over as I have time. It puts the posts out of order, but at least they’re there and marketing people have been really understanding. I haven’t figured out how to move my comments tho since I’ll have to move each individually.

        Oh well. =D Thanks again for letting me know. ~ Tina

    • awww thank you so much! that just made my day end on a happy note. Thanks for stopping by and enjoying my blog. I love reading and writing and ive always blogged but never stuck to it but now that ive joined blogging and reading together, voila its magic ;). for following me i guess you can follow my twitter since it automatically tweets my updates on my blog. Until i find a way to add blogger or something for followers. Thanks ❤ have a good weekend too!

  2. I’ve had this book on my wishlist since wow!, since before it was released, if I’m not mistaken. Then I didn’t buy it. But you mentioned key words here that made me WANT to get it now. Simple words: “quarterback”, “teasing every 5 seconds”; It’s the little things like that that make me happy.

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