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Where We Belong

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3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  52,653 ratings  ·  4,274 reviews
The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together


Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyon
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Hardcover, 1st Edition, 372 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2012)
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Tamara
More often than not I come across a book I really don't love. When I find a book I love my spinning world stops. Kids, friends, and even dishes are ignored. I find myself glued to my Kindle and forgetting everything else around me. Laying awake in bed at 1:00am not thinking of the fact that i have to be up at 5:00 am to meet with clients. When this rare event does occur I am at my happiest. There are few greater joys for me than finding a book I absolutely can not put down. This recently occurre ...more
Sandra
This is the most appalling book I have read in a long time. I read a lot of great reviews on amazon about it, but I had not understood this is the kind of author who apparently has a group of fervent fans who tend to review with exaggerated enthusiasm. The moral side of the story is appalling, the characters are flat, the class-divide is stereotyping and shallow, the men are all strong and reassuring, the girls all die for a good dress, with the supposedly rebel girl who acknowledges that deep d ...more
Dana
For the first time, I was NOT blown away by an Emily Giffin novel. I have read every one that she has written, and always eagerly await her newest one, as I did with "Where We Belong." Unfortunately, this time the payoff was a bit disappointing. The novel starts out slowly (I was bored) and did little to make me care about Marion or Peter or their relationship and histories until, about 70 pages into the book, Kirby arrives. Finally, the story took off and I enjoyed a few hundred pages that foll ...more
Stacy
Ugh. What a disappointment. How many ways was i disappointed?! I love this author - i think she writes smart chick lit. Not an easy feat! Her characters are well=written, realistic and her writing is very true. I always feel like i walk away with something when i read her books. I was really looking forward to her new book and then i read it. it started out interesting - Marian lead a fascinating life in NYC as a producer of a popular tv show - she wants to marry her boyfriend, he is hesitant... ...more
Meridee
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Dawn
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I'd seen emily giffin's books are bestsellers. I do not read what is generally called "chick lit" (a term i find rather disconcerting) but wanted to give her books a chance. So this was my opportunity, and i do appreciate receiving this free copy. That being said, Where I Belong was a rather contrived, simplisitic story. I truly felt the story line was something a 9th grader could easily conceive of, and not something a successful author would bother to ...more
Paige PBJ63010
I won this as an ARC from Goodreads and was so excited to read it. Since you can easily look above to read the description of the book I'm going to skip over telling you all about it to get to what you want, the review.

I have been a fan of Giffin's work since her first book and have read all of them but her last release. This book did not disappoint. I felt that the characters were relatable, though I didn't necessarily agree with all of their decisions. That is what makes Giffin's stories so i
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Amy
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Melissa
I started reading this book, and wasn't enjoying the storyline as much as I had hoped I would. I had attributed it to my reading slump (I must have picked up and put down three or four books in the past week), but then worried that, if I couldn't get into a chick lit book, what could possibly inspire me to read?!? Then, I heard about the scandal erupting online, with the author, her husband, her assistant, and a few brave reviewers who dared to be honest about their opinions on the book. (Seriou ...more
Jennifer
Where We Belong is a standalone, chick-lit novel written by author Emily Giffin. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Giffin and I so enjoyed it. Where We Belong is a glimpse at how adoption has impacted the biological family, the adoptive family, and most of all the child: Kirby. It is sensitive and fairly realistic as far as the emotional aspect goes. I enjoyed the complexity of Kirby, I sympathized with the adoptive family and the suspense they undoubtedly endured during Kirby's personal ...more
Eileen Patterson
I was ecstatic to receive an advance copy of this book to review, because I really loved Emily Giffin's other two books I read. Well, I LIKED "Something Borrowed" but I did love "Something Blue," the follow up book...something about getting both sides of a story is satisfying. Also, it's not really both SIDES of a story, just two different perspectives, because whatever Giffin's faults may be, she seems to have a good grasp of empathy and why nothing in love and friendship and human relationship ...more
Jennifer Hufford
The story was a bit cliched: Kirby, an adopted daughter (the "ugly duckling" of her adopted family) seeks her birth mother Marian. It seemed too easy that Kirby and Marian would strike up an easy friendship, that their relationship would develop so quickly and simply - and that Kirby wouldn't have more anger toward Marian once she sees the lavish life Marian lives as a network television producer in New York City. When together they seek out Kirby's birth father (who didn't know he fathered a ch ...more
Sarah
I enjoyed this, ripped through it pretty quickly - it was well-written and entertaining.

Despite my enjoyment I shall now proceed to nitpick, whee!

1. The novel was told in the present tense, but peppered with flashbacks, told in the past tense. This is a bad idea - even if you do get it spot on (and I noticed a few times where it didn't) it always seems jarring. But it was mainly only in issue in about the first third of the book, where most of the flashbacks happened.

2. The author used the word
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Gail
I'm not sure I ever would have picked up an Emily Giffin book had it not been for this being the September book club pick for my Muncie book club. Prior to now, her work was lumped on that pastel-hued shelf of chick lit authors I'd pass up in favor of other (what I considered smarter) reads on the bookshelf.

For what it's worth, I DID find myself getting sucked into the story: Marian, a 30-something NYC TV producer who has to deal with a knock on the door one night and the presence of a stranger
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Kathryn
Where We Belong was my most anticipated novel this year. Sometimes, anticipated novels don't live up to the expectations you have for a novel you were looking forward to. Where We Belong was most definitely an exception. I think this is probably Emily Giffin's best novel to date. Even though her fifth novel, Heart of the Matter, is my favorite of her's, this is one story, I think everyone can love, and I think it is tied for first because they are such different stories.

I started reading Emily G
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Jill Heather
Are you not reading this book because the author set her assistant and her fans on the negative reviewers? Don't worry; you're not missing much. The main adult character is another woman who has a high-powered job she doesn't much like and wants a real relationship (presumably like EG's other characters, she will quit her job as soon as she marries and has a child). There's the wrong man! Then there's the right man! Then there's no tension whatsoever.
Erin Dempsey


I have read all of Giffin's books except for Baby Proof and this was my favorite! Such a great storyline and characters you can't help but love. I highly recommend this one.
Jennifer
I was excited to win a copy of this book as I had enjoyed Something Borrowed, and surprisingly, enjoyed its sequel, Something Blue, even more. They're smart, likeable, chick lit and she asks questions about moral behavior. But Giffin's subsequent books haven't had as much pop. She tells decent stories, and I want to root for her characters. But I wish she would tune her writing up, and she has some bad habits and a few writerly tics she indulges here.

In this novel, a successful TV producer finds
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Courtney
Baby Proof was a really good book, so I keep reading Giffin's books hoping that another one will come close. I vowed no more after the last "someone cheated, was going to cheat, was forced to cheat" book, but as this one was not about cheating - I relented.

It truly astounds me when authors make throwaway comments in their books that add no value or context, but offend part of the audience. In my case, I did not need to see the term "Hoosier" being used as derogatory. Just didn't. Even if it is p
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Abigail Beckwith
I had read Something Borrowed a few years ago, and remembered liking it. So when I was looking for something to read at an airport, I bought the Kindle version of this book. It was okay for a light, quick read, but didn't really grab my attention. Basically, I forgot I had even read it until I heard about the Internet drama regarding Giffin's husband defending her from a 1 star review on Amazon.

Regardless of the drama, Where We Belong starts really slowly. Our main character, Kirby, has an adopt
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Lyn  Ching
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I have always loved Emily Giffin. Her novels Something Borrowed, Something Blue and Love the One You’re With are books I’ve read and reread many times over. Her writing is flawless, and always of stories that pinches the heart.

Marian never thought she would see her again, the daughter she gave up 18 years prior, from a pregnancy she kept secret from everyone, including the baby’s father. But one night Kirby shows up, not asking for
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Sara
I honestly didn’t think I would like this book; I bought it in paperback because I didn’t want to bring my kindle to a messy sandy beach.
As I said I was prejudiced about the story, because the main theme in the book is the relationship between and adopted girl and her birth mother… but I also thought I more or less liked all previous novels from this author so, why not?
And I was right, Emily has a way to get you into a story, and keep you there, whether you like it or not.
It kept me on my toes
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Leslie Lehr
Seems unfair that an author so gorgeous can also write such touching and compelling books...I especially loved the alternating points of view....I am rooting for the 'mom' to have a happy ending.
Agnes Mack
I picked this up because it was one of the finalists for the GoodReads best of the year books. I don't know who chose those books but I need to have a little chat with them. Where We Belong was predictable, boring and completely unoriginal. It is the story of an adopted girl turning 18 and finding her birth parents. Every character was honorable and good and always made decisions that were in the best interest of everyone. They had moments of jealousy (and a few other human emotions) but they qu ...more
Lara
LOVE Emily Griffin...she made me love a cheating, materialistic woman and even sympathize with a mistress, but I just couldn't really GET Marian. There have been so many books written about adoption and searching for your birth parents, and, honestly, this one didn't offer anything new. I thought that it might with Conrad/Marian's backstory, but I didn't really love how that played out. There were also other snippets that just seemed random and didn't add much to the storyline and took time and ...more
Perceptive
SOMETHING BLUE and SOMETHING BORROWED are on my keeper shelf.

I loved how Giffin created not-so-perfect characters who engage in less than optimum behavior, and yet she still made me care deeply about what happened to them.

However, I became less and less enchanted with her work with each subsequent book. I went from auto-buying the hardback, to waiting for the paperback, to putting the newest book on hold at the library, to maybe checking the book out from the library, maybe not. HEART OF THE MA
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NiteReader
A big disappointment.
Save your time and money.
Stacey
This is the first book I've read by Giffin. I liked it and was surprised that I did. I've been avoiding her books because of the titles and the covers. Shame on me, but I thought they were going to be too sacharine sweet. Where We Belong is what I catagorize as smart chick-lit.
Julianna Helms
Aug 26, 2012 Julianna Helms marked it as never-ever-says-big-brother
No Emily Giffin for me! http://coreyann.me/?p=141
Melanie
I really liked this book. I think it is Giffin's best book to date. I found the story line following mother and daughter to be realistic and interesting, it kept me wanting more until the end. I thought the addressing of adoption from the point of view of a child who loves her adoptive family to be a unique one, in that she does not feel a loss in her life until she goes to actually find her birth mother. I really like that there is no judgement here about abortion or teen pregnancy, just a real ...more
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Emily Giffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. After practicing litigation at a Manhattan firm for several years, she moved to London to write full time. The author of six New York Times bestselling novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love The One You're With, Heart of the Matter, and Where We Belong, she lives in Atlanta with ...more
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“Even if we no longer have much in common, we would have always had the past, which, in some ways, is just as important as the present or future. It is where we come from, what makes us who we are.” 60 likes
“Where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.” 38 likes
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