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 fashionableWhere 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. When her dad loses his job and she and her mom and brother move to Texas to live with her mom’s parents, she still has this idea that because she is from the big city, she is superior to all these hicks from Texas who don’t know a thing about fashion or how the real world works. But then she starts to find likeable things there. She makes some friends, gets caught up in the upcoming rodeo, and doesn’t care that there isn’t a fancy restaurant. She changes from a know-it-all New Yorker, to a Texan at heart, realizing her ignorance of the place and the people, and that the glory of New York isn’t all that great.
I loved Tripp, her younger brother. He just has this childlike enthusiasm that is infectious, he’s all smiles and fun, and doesn’t get down because he was uprooted from his life and basically dumped into Podunk Ville. He kind of reminds of the little brother on The Last Song (I’m thinking more of the movie because I loved the kid there, but in the book too.)
There was a little romance. Corrine falls for (or makes herself fall her) a wannabe rocker star who doesn’t care one bit for Corrine, which she comes to realize later. And she realizes that Bubby, the star football player at the Broken Spokes High School is truly sincere, and that he is worth loving. The romance is very light. I think this book is more about Corrine’s transformation, and the true value of friendship, as Corrine’s friendship with her New York best friend is threatened because of their new differences. The messages here were light, yet meaningful. But the romance was sweet, especially the ending :) Overall, Where I Belong is a really enjoyable, quick read that made me smile. Recommened if you want a cute, light read, and not some deeply thoughtful, earthshattering book....more