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Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
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Jun 21, 12

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Read on June 21, 2012

I won this book in a goodreads giveaway contest.

Wow, this was such an emotional read. A young woman has a whirlwind romance with a boy she falls in love with, but thinks can never stand the test of time because of their different back rounds. When the unexpected happens and she becomes pregnant, she lies to him and tells him it was a false alarm. Unable to get an abortion, she has the baby and gives her up for adoption. Flash forward years later, and the daughter she gave up is the same age as she was when she had her, 18. The daughter, named Kirby, hasn't felt like she belonged with her adopted family for a number of years, and decides to go to meet her birth mother in secret as soon as she is old enough to get her name. Marian is surprised, and panicked when Kirby shows up at her door, sparking emotions she never acknoledged. Later when Kirby and Marian go to meet Kirby's biological father Conrad, Marian has to face her lie and the fact that she has never had a love like the one she had with Conrad. She then realizes that while Kirby had a good life, and didn't suffer, her and Conrad did and realizes she might have chosen the wrong path.
This book was beautiful, and so realistic that it brought me to tears at numerous different places. Possibly the best fiction book I've read all year, I could barely put it down to go to sleep and read it in one night and day. The emotion was real, including the feelings of loss and betrayl. It makes your heart ache for women who have made the same decision, and felt the same hole in their life. While this was a positive look at adoption, since Kirby had a really good family, it also showed the feelings of not belonging and loss that I've noticed in my life with adoptive kids and birth mothers who have given up children. In the end the characters reconciled their feelings of loss and realized that nothing about the past can be changed, but the future was yet written. Although I cried at multiple parts of the book, the ending left me with hope for Kirby, Marian, Conrad, and even Kirby's adoptive family. I felt as if meeting each other helped wounds heal and allowed all the characters to finally move on and make their lives whole. SO SO SO good!!
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Elizabeth lucky!! can't wait to hear your review. I love Emily's work


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