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Right Where I Belong

4.13 of 5 stars 4.13  ·  rating details  ·  401 ratings  ·  66 reviews
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
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Amber Stokes
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
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
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
Elizabeth Olmedo
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
Feb 28, 2014 Lakin marked it as to-read
Right Where I Belong Goodreads Summary:
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 business. Success is expected. 2) There is no such thing as true love. Just look at her fat
Tracy Erler
This book was not cheesy at all! (Well, maybe a little, but not to the point that it makes believing in God and having a relationship with him look cheesy). Struggling with attraction and dating and taking on the burdens of family were dealt with well. There is a very fine line between writing a YA novel revolving around a relationship and throwing in God, prayer, and faith verses a YA novel with God and a relationship with him as the main point. Krista McGee does this very well! This is the fir ...more
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
Another amazing book from Krista McGee! This is the fourth book I've read by her, am I must say that I haven't been disappointed yet! McGee is definitely my favorite Christian author because her stories hold the perfect blend of entertainment and enlightenment. I'm always left with a smile on my face and hope in my heart!
I loved both 'First Date' and 'Starring Me', so I was very happy when I learned that Addy and Kara would be a part of Natalia's story. I absolutely adored Natalia. She was as a
Aug 24, 2014 Janessa rated it 4 of 5 stars
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I absolutely adored this book.

I haven't read Christian books in awhile and I'm so glad that this is the first one I've picked up.

Natalia's father has had 2 divorces, and her stepmom Maureen is no exception. With her father's 3rd divorce, Natalia has decided to write of love for good. She moves with her stepmom from Spain to the United States, where Natalia makes a commitment with herself not to date. She also indulges further into her new found faith, praying for God to help her do what he wants
Paula  Phillips
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
"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
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
When her father's third marriage ends, Natalia swears off love. Instead, she decides to leave Spain to go America with her soon-to-be ex-stepmother, the one who first told her about Jesus. Florida brings unfamiliar culture, a new school, and a pastor's son who is funny and loves Jesus just as much as Natalia does. Will she find that love might just be right where she belongs?

This is the third book I've read by McGee that mirrors a Biblical narrative, this time Ruth's story. Although I love the s
Renn Shearin
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
This is a YA Christian story of a young lady struggling with finding her place in this world. Does she honor her parents plan for her future, or follow her heart and God’s plan for her?

I loved the character Natalia. She is a perfect role model for teenage girls. For a teenager, I admired how mature she was, and how devoted she was to learning more about her faith and sticking to what she believes in.

Brian, the pastor’s son, was also an interesting character. We get to see how he dealt with the s
Eustacia Tan
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
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
Another winner from Krista McGee!
Natalia Lopez shouldn't be surprised when her father announces that he is through with his third marriage, leaving with the shallow excuse that he has fallen out of love (again) and wasn't meant to be with just one woman for the rest of his life.
In order to help her former step-mother, Natalia feels that God is leading her to move from Spain to Tampa to help Maureen recover, especially since she feels owes Maureen for leading her to the Lord.
When they arrive in F
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
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
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
Megan (Megz Madd Readz)
Jan 29, 2013 Megan (Megz Madd Readz) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who like romance, Christian fiction, travel stories, high school/teenager stories
Recommended to Megan by: Booksneeze
Shelves: 2013-books-read
I am still very new to this genre but I absolutely loved this book!

From the beginning, I suspected this book was trying to tell the story of Ruth from the Bible because Natalia leaves her home country of Spain with her ex-stepmother to move to America. Very much like the story of Ruth. Natalia finds that cheering Maureen (her stepmother) up isn't as easy as she expected it would be because Maureen is devastated over her divorce from Natalia's father. On top of that, Natalia finds herself fighti
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
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
This was another great book by Krista McGee. She writes about the important issues.

Natalia is closer to her step-mother than her own mother or father, so when her father announces he's divorcing her, Natalia does the only thing she can. She goes to live with said step-mother in Tampa, Florida. A world away from her homeland of Madrid, Spain. So she also has to learn a whole new way of living. Maureen helped her in her search for a Christian life and now she's going to a Christian school where i
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
Carol R.
Apr 10, 2013 Carol R. rated it 4 of 5 stars
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
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
Lori Twichell
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
Stephanie Ziegler
Feb 16, 2013 Stephanie Ziegler rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Teen Readers / Christian Based
Shelves: booksneeze, 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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