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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 ca ...more
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Published February 8th 2011 by HarperTeen
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(3.5 stars)

Shallow, snobby and rich little princess Corrinne gets a taste of what life is really about when the recessions rains on her perfectly plastic lifestyle when her father gets laid off, sending miss-thing to the hard bruel truth of the real world.
It's probably the best thing that could have ever happend to her....

Where I Belong was a decent read but it took forevah for me to like Corrinne, to be fair she was meant to be written all selfish and materialistic and everything I can't stand
Nov 10, 2014 Valerie rated it liked it
This just goes to show that I probably can't stomach a book like Before I Fall if I was kind of disappointed about a book like this which I'm pretty sure is a lighter read.

This was kind of what I expected it to be but more annoying at the beginning than I thought. Yes, I expected her to be a snob about going to Texas and that she would miss her old life in New York but Corrinne is such a stereotyped spoiled brat who did whatever she wanted. I was hoping it would be funnier but it was mostly jus
Erica (daydreamer)
Where I Belong is a cute, fast read. The writing was simple, but engaging. Heasley takes us into the young mind of a New York girl who is fashionable and a shop-a-holic (a version of her own self), and shows us her transformation as she loses everything she knows, and has to adjust to a lowly way of living that she at first finds unacceptable and will do anything to get out of. She does start out unlikeable, she’s stuck on New York, the fashion, the glamour of it and the perfectness of her world ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
This was a really fun story, and a very quick read. Seeing Corrinne embrace her inner hick was an enjoyable experience. The focus is definitely on Corrinne and her learning things about herself and about life in general - I think the cover makes it out to be more of a romance than it is. I'm not saying that as a critique, because it didn't bother me. Just fair warning.

Sometimes I let the stupidest things bother me. When Corrinne is first learning her way around Broken Spoke, they talk about the
Apr 23, 2011 Milly rated it liked it
A quick fun read!

After an emotional ride with Thirteen Reasons Why, Where I Belong was perfect to dissipate the heavy emotional cloud hanging over me. It was insightful in an entertaining and cute way.

The book follows the story of Corrinne, a 16-year old socialite and fashionista from New York who finds herself moving to small town, Broken Spoke, in Texas with her grandparents amongst cowboys and cowgirls. It takes awhile for Corrinne to get off her high horse and spoiled-brat ways and learn to
Rachel Harris
I adore a good YA Contemporary. While I enjoy being sucked into the world building of paranormal, there’s just something about reading a novel with real people that I can completely relate to and a world just like my own. It has its own special magic.

This weekend I inhaled Gwendolyn Heasley’s WHERE I BELONG, a YA Contemporary about a New York City girl who is sent to the boonies of Texas after her father is laid off during the recession. Corrinne is unlike most of the YA heroines portrayed in th
Princess Bookie
Mar 03, 2011 Princess Bookie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: Do you want this book summed up into one word? Charming! We are introduced to Corrinne who hails from big city New York to a small quiet hick town in Texas which is called Broken Spoke! She had plans to attend a private school (Kent) with her best friend Waverly so going to public school is like her idea of torture. She is supposed to hook up with the cute guy on campus and become his girlfriend. And to sum it up, her family is broke so how is she going to relieve some of this stres ...more
Gwendolyn Heasley
Nov 04, 2013 Gwendolyn Heasley rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If you liked Where I Belong, please check out The Art of Goodbye, a digital sequel e-novella coming out on March 4th!

The heroine of Where I Belong is back in The Art of Goodbye, a romantic digital original novella about first loves and second chances.

It's Corrinne Corcoran's last night in town before heading off to college, and she's determined it'll be the most epic night ever. She's planned every detail of each hour of the night, from what dresses she'll wear, to what parties she'll hit, to w
Jun 20, 2012 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, for-review
I wish more YA books were set in small towns in the south. Although I did not grow up in the south, I did grow up in a small town. The varsity football game was a big deal. Our parents didn’t go on business trips or anything, so you had to party in a field. Express was considered ‘designer’.

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WHAT I LIKED: I loved this! It's kind of like Clueless meets Disney's Cars. For a little while there, Corrinne isn't really all that likeable. She's rude to her family, a terrible big sister, and shallow, shallow, shallow. But over time, Corrinne finds the real person she is meant to be. The romance is very slow-building, which I always love. I also enjoyed many laugh-out-loud moments.

The character-building is fantastic. Tripp, who adapts to Texas life very easil
Jun 10, 2012 Sarah rated it did not like it
When I was reading the reviews for Where I Belong and saw people talking about contractions not being used enough, I thought to myself, "It couldn't possibly be that bad." I was wrong, completely and utterly wrong. Without contractions the writing is really stiff, so I wasn't able to feel like I was in Corrinne's head. It also make the dialogue not believable. Most of the time, I just couldn't believe someone, whether teenager or adult, would say that. It makes the book nearly impossible to read ...more
Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty)
Jan 30, 2012 Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty) rated it really liked it
I just have to start out by saying I am actually from Texas, so at some points I actually laughed out loud. Maybe, it's because I live in Dallas, but I rarely meet people with a true blue out of the woods Texas accent. Also, I can promise we don't talk differently from any of you who live up north (My Dads from up North) and I have only been on a horse once (Summer Camp) So I can assure everyone unless you actually go to a SUPER small town (Which are virtually non existent now of days) this isn ...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Feb 03, 2011 Sab H. (YA Bliss) rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-ya-romance
Cute, charming and adorable.

I really enjoyed this book! Yes, its the typical, predictable 'rich and spoiled city girl is forced to live in a small town' story, but it was fun and sweet all the way. The characters were very well done and the plot line was smoothly developed. I loved Corinne and her cool personality. The clash of lifestyles was very interesting to experience through Heasley's writing. Both, Corinne and Waverly, experience hilarious moments while discovering Broken Spoke. Of course
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Dear Corrinne,

You annoyed me from the first page, but I carried on because I've wanted to read this book for months. Your incessant talk about how rich you were, how poor you are now, and how expensive your outfit is always managed to grate on my nerves. I do realize that you had quite the lifestyle change, moving from a posh New York City lifestyle to a small town in Texas, but you certainly crossed the line into brat territory one too many times for my liking.

Your friend Kitsy, though? Love he
Laura V.
No aguanto a Corrine, sé que eventualmente madurará y será golpeado por el rayo de la humildad, pero hasta que eso suceda me fastidia bastante.

Todo sus pensamientos son ofensivos, es insultante, es una cría mimada, malcriada, estúpida, engreída, insensible, superficial, irrespetuosa. No hay nada en ella que me haga querer leer su cambio.

La portada es preciosa, pero me niego a seguir estando en su cabeza. Lo bueno es que tiene un filtro y no dice todo lo que piensa, sino arde Troya.
Amy Jacobs
Nov 18, 2010 Amy Jacobs rated it it was ok

When you read the first page of the book, you know exactly how the main character is going to be. Basically the first page is a letter from Corrinne to the reader. She tells you that when reading this book, you are going to not enjoy her attitude and demeanor. I found this to be very accurate.

When Corrinne's Father loses his job due to the recession, her family is forced to sell their home in New York. While her father travels abroad to find work, Corrinne is forced to move to Broken Spoke, Texa
Alyssa hoffmaster
Apr 19, 2011 Alyssa hoffmaster rated it really liked it
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I absolutely hated snobby Corinne so much, she didn’t appreciate anything. But I totally understand her point though, going from being rich and being able to go shopping anytime she wanted, to going to a very small town in Texas with nothing.

Still she should respect people more.

I have to admit, I thought I was going to like this book a lot more than I did. I saw the cute cover and immediately was drawn in.
Although being in recession really taught Corinne a great lesson. Not o
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Mar 01, 2011 Tee loves Kyle Jacobson rated it it was amazing

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
Jan 27, 2011 Jessi rated it really liked it
This book is a fun read. The main reason for this is that the main character's personality is funny and very engaging. Corrinne is skillfully depicted as a stuck up, self-absorbed city girl gone country. Since I had to move to Texas during high school, some of her comments and/or thoughts cracked me up. Almost every line of this had something that made me smile. Most of the things that annoy her were things that annoyed me even though I moved from small town Maryland to big city Texas. Texas is ...more
Jun 02, 2012 Wafiyah rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Anyone lacking taste
Recommended to Wafiyah by: Goodreads
Um, what was up with that ending?

I didn't exactly like this book. The protagonist, Corrine, seemed a bit too shallow and rude, despite the whole situation about her being an "ice queen" and whatnot. Even though we're told constantly that she's a rich snob who thought getting the wrong dress would scream "crisis," by page a hundred or so it seemed the author wanted to remind us all that "Okay, over here she's kind of nice, but remember, she's not really like this!" I mean, I got it, alright? She
Najlaa AlHajri
Nov 14, 2012 Najlaa AlHajri rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
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♥ Sarah
The book cover is a bit lacking... Ok, maybe a lot lacking.
Then again, maybe that's the point: to not judge a book by its cover?

This book was cute but shallow. Or should I say hollow? Just like Corrinne, who sheds her city roots for some cowboy boots. (I promise I am not trying to rhyme and sound super freaky on purpose.) Basically, I knew what I was getting into when I started reading this. I honestly didn't expect some grand revelation, or some deep socio-political message about consumer cult
Feb 05, 2012 Ansley rated it really liked it

Please tell me that my book had a few chapters missing since it totally could've went on for a few more chapters.

UGH. Gwendolyn Heasley you CANNOT end a book like that.

I LOVED this book besides the ending. I will probably be re-reading this during the summer on road trips, laying out on the beach etc.

Rated it 4 out of 5 stars just because the ending ended on a high but would've loved to see where Corrinne took her relationship just a few more chapters.

Hopefully Gwendolyn will write m
Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Apr 11, 2011 Tressa (Wishful Endings) rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I actually really enjoyed reading this. There is a lot of teenage slang, but some of it is very funny. I got a kick out of Corrinne's character. Here is an example when she is learning to drive for the first time and by stick no less: "And so for the first time in my life, I sit in the driver's seat as Grandpa details the truck's anatomy: the third pedal, the gearshift, the RPM dashboard, and the red line. Can't someone invent iStick that will do this all for you?" Someone said they were disappo ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it
Very cute story.

I liked how Corrinne transformed into a young responsible lady. For the first few chapters, she was annoying. But true to her words, she changed to become a better person.
April*procrastinator and proud*
is it just me or does this sound (and look) like that Hannah Montana Movie...
ehh.... whatever. I'll try it.
3'5 estrellas.

Debo admitir que al principio odiaba a Corrinne, porque como cualquier persona del mundo sé lo que es pasar por una crisis y las consecuencias que eso conlleva. Me parecía que exageraba mucho las cosas, pero claro, en mi situación fue más sutil, poco a poco, no como la de ella: de repente, su padre se queda sin trabajo, le quitan la casa, han sido estafados, hay deudas por todas partes y ella se queda sin ir a Kent (un internado). Así que capítulo a capítulo la he llegado a compre
Lena ♫ ♪
Nov 01, 2010 Lena ♫ ♪ rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2011-release
Very cute. A bit on the cliche type (not everyone in Texas wears boots nor has a country name), but still cute.

I'll admit, in the beginning, I wasn't really a fan of Corrinne. I don't know anyone that's a fan of spoiled little brats. Throughout the book, though, you'll see her progress from a wannabe Sex and the City girl, to a more humble, yet still a bit the same type of person. Hey, at least it's realistic, right? Not everyone does a complete 180! The point I'm trying to get at is, her charac
Mar 11, 2011 Emma rated it it was amazing
Corrine is a very unlikable character at the start of this book. She is a character straight out of gossip girl, spoiled, privileged and she thinks the world revolved around her. So that news that her family has lost almost everything through a bad deal and the recession is a devastating blow to Corrine. She handles this news exactly how you think a spoiled brat would take the news that she has to leave her friends and life in Manhattan and move to a small town in Texas. Throughout the course of ...more
Jun 22, 2011 Nely rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tour
I love this type of story... instead of it being a rags to riches one, it's a riches to rags tale. Where the mean, snobby, rich girl learns that there's more to life than just money. I love this type of story because you will always find great character development. And that is exactly the type of character Corinne is. At first, you don't truly like her. She's spoiled, obnoxious and quite frankly annoying when it comes to her selfishness. But when her lifestyle takes a nosedive after her father ...more
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Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. When she was a little girl, she desperately wanted to be the next Ann M. Martin- the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. She’s incredibly grateful that the recession rendered her unemployed and made her chase her nearly forgotten dream. He
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