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Belong to Me

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  17,685 ratings  ·  2,840 reviews
Everyone has secrets. Some we keep to protect ourselves, others we keep to protect those we love.

Cornelia Brown surprised herself when she was gripped by the sudden, inescapable desire to move with her husband to the suburbs. Her mettle is quickly tested by her impeccably dressed, overly judgmental neighbor Piper Truitt—the embodiment of everything Cornelia feared she'd fi...more
Unknown Binding, 496 pages
Published June 28th 2011 by Avon (first published April 1st 2008)
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I'm basically copying this from what I wrote on my blog, which is why it's so lengthy:

I thought this was positively delicious. And I’m not just saying that because I got the book for free, either. I’m not afraid to trash free stuff, you know (Hi there, Old Navy Jeans! You still suck!). I’m saying it because it really is lovely.

I first encountered Ms. de los Santos’s writing when I picked up her book Love Walked In off one of those tables at the megabookstore with the “buy 2 paperbacks for the pr...more
3 stars? 4 stars? I'm not sure. Some of the writing is terrific. I mean really stop-you-in-your-tracks wonderful. Many lines struck me as so lovely I had to read them over and over.

And yet I'm just not sure how I felt about it overall.

The story is told in 3 different voices and I don't like that. Cornelia, a woman who has just moved from NYC to the suburbs, Piper, a woman of roughly the same age who lives in the neighborhood Cornelia moves to, and Deveraux, a 13-year-old genius boy who moves to...more
What a sweet story... really, with nice poetic references and beautiful, loving people that don't exist anywhere but in books like this. So, yeah... of course, I hate them.. Mostly because I'm that woman... the urbanite who moved to the suburbs and I'm that woman longing for the security blanket that is estrogen-induced friendship. Of course I didn't have the hot doctor husband and the financial security and BA in Art History, But, you know... those are really just the perks of the story, not t...more
A great follow-up to "Love Walked In"... your favorite characters plus new ones to fall in love with! I just love De Los Santos's style of writing, it sucks me right in and I want to be friends with her characters. :)
*sigh* finally finished it!! This book was a selection for my non-GR bookclub and not my choice. I'm not going to describe the story line because I suck at that so all you are getting, as usual, is my opinion.

The first half is difficult to read. The author loves to embellish everything. Paragraph upon paragraph of description of something that is not even that important to the storyline. I'd say she spends the first half of the book just describing the characters. I put the book down about halfw...more
May 18, 2008 EJ rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to EJ by: Barnes and Noble
A group of people with issues meets group of people #2 with issues. A lot of heart breaking situations occur with "witty" lines and "intellectual" references to classical composers, well known authors and artists. What would Chick-lit be with out it?! THEN Predictable twist happens (uh oh wasnt expecting that) and group #1 and #2 are related (suspense music) But no worries, all ends well and has a hollywood ending. With every annoying cheezie line known to man.

I do not know why I continue to re...more
Cornelia Brown and her husband Teo have been married for two years and decide they've had enough of city life. They find a a house in the suburbs in a nice neighbourhood.
Cornelia meets Piper Truitt who lives in the street. Piper is exactly the kind of person Cornelia was worried about meeting. Piper is a very picky type of person and is one for perfection and very judgemental.
Cornelia also meets Lake and her son Dev. Lake is a single mother who works as a waitress in a local restaurant and she a...more
I had bought both books together not knowing much about them, I didn't even realize they were connected (was actually afraid I had bought a collection of poetry by mistake) so I am happy I read them in the right order. This sequel is better than the first in a lot of ways - the characters have more edge, the plot is less predictable. While the premise (city girl moves to suburbs, insert cliched snarky lines about soccer moms in their SUVS baking muffins for the new neighbor while gossiping about...more
Loved, loved, loved, loved, loved LOVED this book. It was the kind of book that I would think about all day... dying to get home and pick it up again. I even started bringing it on my lunch break and reading it in the park-- I couldnt get enough! I can't remember the last book I read that I became so obsessed with.

You have to read Love Walked In before you read this one in order to truly fall head over heels in love with Teo, Cornelia, and Clare... and then in Belong to me you will fall MORE i...more
Belong to Me is the ultimate chick lit book, and as a bonus it's really well-written. I fell right into the story, and although I read the novel that preceded it (Love Walked In) I don't think it's absolutely necessary - a reader new to Marisa de los Santos could follow this novel just fine.

Back to the chick-lit categorization: it's just so girly. I can get into a girly book as well as the next girl, but I don't think this was written with men in mind (unless the men in question were the type th...more
melanie (lit*chick)
Utterly readable, even if you haven't read Love Walked In, this story stands alone. The author (a poet) has a lovely fluid style. She makes the reader privy to all of the private thoughts (and this is a VERY thoughtful bunch) and weaves it all together with just enough history and background that the story makes sense. And I especially enjoyed how it explored women's friendships - the work it takes to make friends in adulthood. So often characters are "lifelong" friends or fall easily into frien...more
You know when you read a book about women that are friends..and these friends just all fit together in a perfect little group, well this isn't about those storybook friends. This book is about real people. The spirit..cancer patient..but you learn that really isn't who they are, there is much more to them and you realize how they can be friends..I'm 1/4 way into the book and I think I love these people more than most characters I've ever read. Marisa de los Santos writing is so fluid....more
To say I disliked this book, is bit of an understatement. But I seem to be in a very slim minority in this regard. Surprisingly, I've wanted to read this book for a long, time. I first saw it sitting on the shelf at a used book store, but never picked it up, another book I wanted more turned up - maybe I should have took that as a hint to stay away from the book - because I did not like this one much at all.

To be blunt, I hated the characters and story. I found them all to be cliché and predict...more
I LOVED this book! In many ways the plot was unoriginal - finding your true self by not being afraid to deviate from social norms and expectations, women learning to get past stupid assumptions and biases, etc. Sometimes the writing verged on arrogant; either over simplifying the complex or alternately making complex the simple. BUT, then she would put words to a feeling or thought that I didn't even realize I felt or had thought! Her descriptions of motherhood were so beautiful and stunningly t...more
Even though there were unimpressed cycnics in the room last night when we discussed this in book group, I LOVED THIS BOOK. It's magical and insightful and helps you believe in the innate goodness of mankind again. de los Santos writes as an omniscient narrator inside the heads of three people (one of whom is written in the 1st person while the other two are in 3rd person--an interesting narrative device!): a young married urbanite recently moved to suburbia, her imperious wickedly judgmental nei...more
This book isn't normally something I gravitate toward. It involves suburban housewives, happy families and fairly predictable plot "twists." It also treads dangerously close to the cliche theme of "love and friendship will prevail if we just learn to forgive." Clearly de los Santos' wanted the book's legacy to be uplifting and tidy. That's okay--it just isn't normally my style.


I still enjoyed it a good deal. I really liked the main character and found de los Santos' prose believable and not...more
If you only knew how close this book came to landing on my "aborted" Goodreads shelf . . . I seriously dislike stories about girls or women who are catty & competitive, & this novel starts out that way--sigh. But I stuck with it for a few pages because it was the only book I had on hand just then, & fortunately the tone soon changed. The catty episodes do set up one character for an extreme transformation, which I have to say is not exactly believable, but it's a relief when she beco...more
Cornelia, Teo, and Clare from Love Walked In return along with some other lovable (Dev) and questionable (Piper) characters, all of whose lives intersect in a most satisfying way.

In chapter 2, I was afraid this would be a common housewife story. By chapter 3, I liked the book. By chapter 9, I was in love with the story! And by chapter 15 I was up 2 hours past my bedtime trying to get to the end!

Another really good story with well-developed characters from Marisa de los Santos. (and already at...more
I am quite conflicted about the characters in this book. I was prepared to hate Piper right from the first time she was introduced, but then she grew on me (and she probably did some growing of her own), and when I found out who the real 'villain' was, there was no going back. It was incredibly well-written, and I was utterly convinced there was no plot until it snuck up behind me and yelled 'Surprise!' in my ear as everything fell into place. I would have preferred more of a resolution, but can...more
So, this is Dr. Teague's( my beloved chemistry professor) daughter in law. She is a poet and this is her second novel. The first Love Walked In was lovely and this is the sequel. She writes so beautifully that sometimes I had to put down the book and relish the last sentence. This is the kind of book that when you finish you hold it out and look at the jacket lovingly. (although i am not a big fan of the cover art on this particular book)
Feb 25, 2008 Elisa rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: anyone who loves community
Recommended to Elisa by: ARC
LOVE LOVE LOVE. Great, likable and believable (for a book) characters. I want to move in next door to these people and drink coffee with them. Well-thought out young people as well, not just token kids doing token kid things. Enough twists to keep you interested.
Anyone who loves community or knows how hard truly living in community is will love this.
I love this author's writing. She's a poet, so everything feels lyrical and perfect. Like all of other books recently, I have to say that I should have reread her first novel, Love Walked In, just to refresh my memory of the characters. (What is with all of the sequels that come out in the summer?) Regardless, great story and characters in this one.
I don't know how it's possible, but I think this novel is even better than "Love Walked In." It has the same cozy charm and core characters but introduces some new irrestible characters and storylines that take de los Santos' writing to new heights. "Belong to Me" is like comfort food for your imagination.
Seriously, the most enjoyable book I've read in a year. I have images and feelings associated with it that have stayed with me. It's a great book to read when you need a good cry. I loved watching the characters unfold and seeing my opinion of them change.
I dare anyone to read the first four pages of Belong to Me and not be sucked in. I hadn’t read anything from Marisa de los Santos before, and what an introduction! Her writing style is poetic (makes sense since she’s an award-winning poet as well as stunning author) and her characters breathe; you know them, want to be friends with them, or you yourself resemble them, whether that’s flattering to you or not. And in that vein, I saw some of myself in both Cornelia and Piper, the two leads: I shar...more
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So I started out reading this book thinking, "oh man, it's another desperate housewives living in suburbia America, we'll have our typical mean women, and then poor, unsuspecting wife move in--either the mean girls will become nice or the poor, sweet woman will get eaten up. Well, that is not this book.

Sure, a new husband and wife, Cornelia and Teo move into the area, and they are met by their shark of a neighbor, Pieper, but the character development in the book will change all your perceptions...more
This was my first ebook on my Kindle which I think is at least in part what I liked so much about it.

The story is told from 3 different characters points of view with chapters alternating between them. I enjoyed this literary device very much because I thought the characters were well developed, believable and quite interesting. They were also complete enough and different enough that I always knew whose perspective I was reading about. The author did a neat job of allowing us to know what each...more
IT seems petty to say anything really negative about Belong To Me, American author Marisa de los Santos follow-up to her bestselling debut novel. Like Audrey Niffengger's The Time Traveler's Wife, Belong To Me is well-written mass-appeal fiction, a creature so rare that all example should immediately be granted star billing on Oprah's book club.

De Los Santos' characters are wonderfully fleshed out creations, flaws and all, a definite step above the vapid, one-dimensional casts of chick lit novel...more
Big exhale. Or, sigh. Whatever. Here we go.

Marisa de los Santos has written an exemplary second novel. Her beautiful and effective prose literally *pulls* emotion out of you. Whatever emotion she wants the reader to experience, she effortlessly draws the picture and sensation with words. Books (or more directly, passages in books) do not often elicit physical tears and actual sobs from me, but de los Santos did it.

Yeah, I wept. [Insert defiant side-eye glance here.] You got somethin' to say to m...more
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Marisa de los Santos was a poet for a very long time, with an MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from the University of Houston. Her first book, FROM THE BONES OUT, a collection of poems, was published in 2000.

She and her husband, writer David Teague, lived in Center City, Philadelphia for a number of years before moving to Wilmington, Delaware in spring of 2003. That summer, Marisa bega...more
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