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Right Where I Belong

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How do you find your place in the world?

Tired of watching her father flit from one wife to another and having formed a true bond with her most recent stepmother, Natalia decides to move with her from Spain to Florida when the divorce papers are finalized.

There are a couple things Natalia knows for sure: 1) She's being groomed to take over her father's international busine
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Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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"Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps.

After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces his third wife—the only one who has been a mother to her—Natalia is ready to write him off too.

Needing a change of scenery, Natalia leaves her home in Spain and relocates with her stepmother to sun-soaked Florida. But she didn’t realize just how
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Amber Stokes
Jan 15, 2016 Amber Stokes rated it really liked it
With just enough elements of the story of Ruth from the Bible to make the connection, Right Where I Belong is a unique YA retelling that should find a place to belong in the hearts of Christian YA fiction fans. I think it's a bit easier to relate to than First Date, McGee's debut novel and an Esther retelling that features a girl unwillingly forced into the spotlight and onto a reality T.V. show.

Right Where I Belong features Natalia, a girl who follows her soon-to-be-divorced stepmother to Flor
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Dawn
Nov 27, 2012 Dawn rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Natalia Lopez is tired of her father's love them and leave them attitude. When he divorces his third wife, Natalia leaves Spain with her stepmother to move to Florida. She's got a lot to adjust to - a grieving stepmother, a Christian school, and boys who are interested in her. She has sworn off love and boys because of how her father treated the women he married, yet she's drawn to Brian, the pastor's son. As the two get to know each other, they find that they are both drawn to the other's love ...more
Melissa
Aug 06, 2012 Melissa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, 5-stars
Krista McGee has done it again! This third book from Krista is a modern day version of Ruth from the Bible. Natalia leaves her home of Spain and all that she knows to move with her stepmother to Tampa Florida when Natalia's father seeks a divorce from her stepmother. Natalia is thrust into a culture she doesn't know and a brokenhearted and depressed stepmother so the move to America is not all Natalia thought it would be. She struggles but believes that God has brought her to this place and in t ...more
Angela
Krista McGee is becoming my favorite author
Tammy Le
Nov 18, 2016 Tammy Le rated it really liked it
Right Where I Belong, by Krista Mcgee, consumes a lot of different genres that attracts many different people. It incorporates romance, religious beliefs (christians), young adult, and fiction. Natalia, through the book, shows her courage and striking personality as she leaves her father to go with her stepmother to Florida. Natalia never been too fond of her dad, for he was always jumping from one marriage to another. After meeting Maureen, one of her dad's wife, she learned how to be holy and ...more
Noelani Lum
Jan 04, 2017 Noelani Lum rated it really liked it
If I were to write a letter to this author about this novel, I would say:

When I first saw “Right Where I Belong,” I thought it had an interesting and amazing cover, but what really made me want to read your book was the title. “Right Where I Belong” sounds very comforting and I knew that it would be an amazing read, and the book definitely was. Also, I really would like to know if you are going to create another book based upon other characters in the story along with their love interest and the
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Brandi
Mar 11, 2015 Brandi rated it it was amazing
Right Where I Belong - Krista McGee
(*SPOILER ALERT!!!*) 4.5stars
You know, I never liked the name Brian much. I just never really pictured a good Brian. This Brian altered my opinion of the name.
Brian was wonderful. I enjoyed his happy-go-lucky personality and humor. He really was a great guy. It sure didn't take him long to like Natalia. I liked the scene when he brought her to his special tower. And what he said was just beautiful. Despite his objections, the truth is obvious: He'll make a grea
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Sofia Marie
Typical Natalia: “I will never, ever allow myself to fall in love. I won’t do to anyone what my father does to these women. And to me. Never. Do you hear me, God? Make me single. Have me travel the world or work with orphans or whatever. But don’t make me fall in love. I won’t do it. I can’t.”

Natalia Lopez will never date. That is what God wants for her - to be single. Right? Certainly, He doesn’t want her to create a family only to mess it up later like her father did. However, as Brian Younger
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Renn Shearin
Dec 14, 2012 Renn Shearin rated it really liked it
Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps.

After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces his third wife—the only one who has been a mother to her—Natalia is ready to write him off too.

Needing a change of scenery, Natalia leaves her home in Spain and relocates with her stepmother to sun-soaked Florida. But she didn’t realize just how far a new school
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Erin
Nov 28, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
The cover and title of this book caught my attention right away. Two things everyone loves: sticking their feet in the ocean, and knowing we're where we are supposed to be. Both are amazing feelings! I was so happy when this book lived up the expectations built on such a great first impression.

This is Natalia's story. She is seventeen when her life is rocked again with her father's announcement that he is divorcing wife #3 in favor of yet another younger woman. Her current stepmother, Maureen, h
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Chrissy
Sep 17, 2012 Chrissy rated it really liked it
When I got the opportunity to read RIGHT WHERE I BELONG on NetGalley, I was definitely a little more than excited. One of the cutest books I ever found on the site was by this author, Krista McGee, so needless to say I had high expectations for this novel.

And, I'm happy to say that I was truly not disappointed. But of course, nobody really thought I would be, right?

Starting with the plot. Natalia has grown up in Spain as the daughter of highly educated and successful parents -- who just so happe
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Rissi
Sep 12, 2016 Rissi rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, review
Reading a handful of complimentary reviews can entice any reader to pick up a book with an unfamiliar author’s name to its credit. This is how I was introduced to Krista McGee’s novels; fellow reviewers unknowingly prompted me to request this novel for review. Happily I am not sorry to have done so. The story of seventeen-year-old Natalia is one that will hit its mark with many teens – instead of just “another” teenage romance novel in which the characters are on the brink of falling into places ...more
Jen
Jul 08, 2013 Jen rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, alt-pov
Once again, Krista McGee has proven that the message of Christ's love can be presented in a way that is neither preachy nor cheesy. (I think I love her.) Right Where I Belong, a modern day retelling of the story of Ruth, is a fun read about friendship, love and the blessings of God's gifts. (There may also be a swoon worthy boy or two. *winks*)

Figuring out what you want to do with your life can be hard, especially when your parents seem to have your future all mapped out for you. Knowing where y
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LORI CASWELL
Jan 16, 2016 LORI CASWELL rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps.

Natalia’s father is about to get divorced again. His business is his top priority and plans for her to take over his business. Her mother is more concerned with her career and doesn’t have much time for her daughter. Natalia has really bonded with her current stepmother. Maureen has introduced Natalia to Christ and Natalia wants to learn more. When Maureen tells Natalia she will be moving ho
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Eustacia Tan
Sep 07, 2012 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
When I first read (First Date), I didn't know what I was getting into. I started getting an inkling at Starring Me, and now, I can safely say that Krista McGee is one of my favourite authors! I started Right Where I Belong one night and simply couldn't put it down!

Right Where I Belong loosely follows the story of Ruth. Natalia, our protagonist, has decided to follow her ex-stepmother Maureen to America to comfort her about her divorce from her father. Because of the many failed relationships sh
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Carol R.
Apr 10, 2013 Carol R. rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens, young adults, adults
Krista McGee presents another well-written contemporary young adult novel, loosely based on the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz.

In Right Where I Belong, teenaged Natalia moves to the United States with Maureen, an American who married Natalia’s dad while working in Madrid. Due to their closeness in age and shared faith, Maureen is more a friend than a stepmother. When her dad announces his divorce to Maureen, Natalia accompanies her back to America. Her dad supports the move because it will look
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Mychele Anjelica
Nov 24, 2012 Mychele Anjelica rated it it was amazing
MY TAKE

Krista McGee is easily becoming one of my favorite authors! Every-time I pick up one of her books I always leave with a kick of humility and a feeling of God's love. I'm getting out of the habit of believing in coincidences and starting to realise its just God trying to get my attention. It's no secret to people who know me that fulfilling the purpose God gave me is my top priority, but here is the kicker I don't know what that is lol. So I've been praying and journaling and begging for
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Marcie
Aug 18, 2015 Marcie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Right Where I Belong has been in my tbr pile for some time. In truth, I forgot about it. Mostly because it's an ebook and it got shuffled to the back. However, I like to think it's because I wasn't ready to read the book yet, and when I was, the book reappeared on my virtual shelf.

The book is a modern-day retelling of the story of Ruth. The story surrounds Natalia. Her father is what you would called a player. He falls in love constantly and has been married numerous times. After his latest divo
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Meagan Myhren-bennett
Right Where I Belong
By Krista McGee

Natalie Lopez is hurting for her stepmother, her father has done it again dumping a wife so that he can have another true love. But Natalie determines that God wants her to leave her family and friends behind and go with her stepmother. But moving to Florida is a culture shock to Natalie who has spent the first 17 years of her life in Spain.

But Maureen has done so much - caring for her when her parents were too busy, leading her to a relationship with Jesus - h
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Paula  Phillips
Aug 11, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it
Right Where I Belong starts in Spain , where we meet Natalia. She is about to make the biggest decision of her life and one that may cause an uproar amongst her friends and family. When her father decides to divorce his third wife Maureen , Natalia is devastated as out of the wives she was the only one Natalia could relate to and learn so much from. Natalia with Maureen's help has been moving forth with the notion of becoming a Christian and understanding the amazing power of God's love. We read ...more
Julie Barrett
Aug 14, 2012 Julie Barrett rated it really liked it
Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee
Natalia has left Spain with her new stepmother. Her father told her he found another woman who he loves. Natalia feels spiritually close to her stepmother, more than her bio mother so they leave to go back to where Maureen came from, Tampa, FL. Natalia has so much to get accustomed to: language, slang, accent. Maureen has arrived in FL with no husband, no money and now no luggage. What else can possibly go wrong.
Natalia's father has agreed to let her go with M
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Sarah
Jun 19, 2015 Sarah rated it it was amazing
Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee is a wonderful, inspirational young adult novel about a young girl, Natalia, growing in Christ and learning what God has in store for her life. Natalia moves from Spain to Florida with her ex-stepmother Maureen to learn more about God. While adjusting to her home, she meets Brian Younger Jr., the pastor’s son, and even though she has sworn off dating after watching her father go through relationships without regard, Natalia cannot help but fall for Brian. One ...more
Iola
This is the third and final book in Krista McGee’s series for teenage girls (following First Date and Starring Me), and I’ve enjoyed all of them (even though I’m a more than a little out of the target age range). They are well-written, with interesting characters and a solid Christian message. The first two books were quite focused on the modern celebrity culture, but Right Where I Belong has more of a focus on day-to-day life, albeit in the cultural test-tube of an American Christian high schoo ...more
Debbie
Jan 21, 2013 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, romance, christian
"Right Where I Belong" is a young adult Christian romance that is loosely based on Ruth. Several characters from this author's previous two novels were in this one, but you don't need to read those novels to understand this one. This novel did "spoil" how her previous novels ended, though, so you might wish to read them in order.

The first third of this book was a fairly light story about Natalia trying to get used to all of the differences between her culture and American culture. While interest
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Lori
Dec 18, 2012 Lori rated it it was amazing
Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee




16 year old Natalia is leaving her life in Spain behind to go live with her stepmother Maureen in Tampa, FL. Natalia has recently found the lord and her friends and family in Spain ridicule her new beliefs. Maureen has taught Natalia so much about God, but she desires more knowledge. Maureen takes Natalia to her native country with hopes of moving on and bringing Natalia to a better spiritual environment.


Natalia is enrolled in the local Christian school and im
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Megan
The book of Ruth is one of my favorite passages of Scripture, so I love how Right Where I Belong is loosely based on it. I really liked the twist to it, instead of it being her mother-in-law it is her step-mother.

This book was an extremely easy read! I was able to read it in one sitting and with it having over 300 pages that doesn't usually happen. The story was interesting from page one and I could not put it down - I just had to finish it!

Some of the church parts in the book, though I am sure
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Lori Twichell
Sep 19, 2013 Lori Twichell rated it really liked it
As what is supposed to be a modern day retelling of the story of Ruth from the Bible, Right Where I Belong hit all of the high notes for me. I really enjoyed this story and meeting all of these fabulous characters. Sometimes when you’re reading YA books, it seems like they’re living in some sort of world the rest of us don’t reach. The kids are perfect (or perfectly horrible) and there aren’t really solid representations of life for tweens and teens. This book does not suffer from that. Natalia’ ...more
Elizabeth Olmedo
Feb 07, 2014 Elizabeth Olmedo rated it really liked it
In a society where our young readers are constantly bombarded with books and movies devoid of moral standards, Right Where I Belong is truly a breath of fresh air. Krista McGee creates a beautiful story of surrender and following God, whether or not it’s the easy or popular thing to do.

The past few years, I’ve read several YA novels (some bestsellers) and it has disturbed me to see how the protagonists show no respect for their parents. The authors attempt to justify it by creating horrible pare
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Stephanie Ziegler
Feb 16, 2013 Stephanie Ziegler rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Teen Readers / Christian Based
Shelves: booklook, favorites
The thing that I love most about this book is that it stays on target with the religious aspect and it does not drown you in talk about God. The descriptions of the high school student is dead on. The author maintained character personalities while putting them in high school age settings. I really reminded me of a group of friends in my own high school. They were my friends, but when it came to religion, I stayed in the fringe.

I really like how the author uses the members of the church and sch
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Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.
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