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Where We Belong

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  87,871 ratings  ·  5,473 reviews
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that ...more
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 372 pages
Published July 24th 2012 by St. Martin's Press (first published 2012)
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Chrissy Yes! The hopeless romantic in me always wants a happy ending. She was young and inexperienced when she made the decision that she did. Clearly she reg…moreYes! The hopeless romantic in me always wants a happy ending. She was young and inexperienced when she made the decision that she did. Clearly she regrets her choice and is apologetic. I don't like how the ending leaves you hanging!(less)
Anmol Ahuja Ben and Claudia were Marian's friends that are first introduced at the dinner which she and Peter are supposed to attend, but she ends up going alone.…moreBen and Claudia were Marian's friends that are first introduced at the dinner which she and Peter are supposed to attend, but she ends up going alone. (less)

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Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
More often than not I come across a book I really don't love. When I find a book I love my spinning world stops. Kids, friends, and even dishes are ignored. I find myself glued to my Kindle and forgetting everything else around me. Laying awake in bed at 1:00am not thinking of the fact that i have to be up at 5:00 am to meet with clients. When this rare event does occur I am at my happiest. There are few greater joys for me than finding a book I absolutely can not put down. This recently occurre ...more
Sep 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
This is the most appalling book I have read in a long time. I read a lot of great reviews on amazon about it, but I had not understood this is the kind of author who apparently has a group of fervent fans who tend to review with exaggerated enthusiasm. The moral side of the story is appalling, the characters are flat, the class-divide is stereotyping and shallow, the men are all strong and reassuring, the girls all die for a good dress, with the supposedly rebel girl who acknowledges that deep d ...more
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
I really liked Where We Belong, a story in which Marian must face long buried feelings about a tough decision she made years ago, while Kirby, a high school senior, deals with addressing deep questions about her true identity.

Marian has worked hard for her successful, composed life and seems to have it all. Kirby is unsure of her plans after high school and doesn’t necessarily want to go to college. She also often feels like an outsider in her own family. I saw some of myself in Marian though I
Jul 31, 2012 rated it liked it
For the first time, I was NOT blown away by an Emily Giffin novel. I have read every one that she has written, and always eagerly await her newest one, as I did with "Where We Belong." Unfortunately, this time the payoff was a bit disappointing. The novel starts out slowly (I was bored) and did little to make me care about Marion or Peter or their relationship and histories until, about 70 pages into the book, Kirby arrives. Finally, the story took off and I enjoyed a few hundred pages that foll ...more
Jul 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Ugh. What a disappointment. How many ways was i disappointed?! I love this author - i think she writes smart chick lit. Not an easy feat! Her characters are well=written, realistic and her writing is very true. I always feel like i walk away with something when i read her books. I was really looking forward to her new book and then i read it. it started out interesting - Marian lead a fascinating life in NYC as a producer of a popular tv show - she wants to marry her boyfriend, he is hesitant... ...more
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
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Dec 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
I won this book from a Goodreads giveaway. I'd seen emily giffin's books are bestsellers. I do not read what is generally called "chick lit" (a term i find rather disconcerting) but wanted to give her books a chance. So this was my opportunity, and i do appreciate receiving this free copy. That being said, Where I Belong was a rather contrived, simplisitic story. I truly felt the story line was something a 9th grader could easily conceive of, and not something a successful author would bother to ...more
Aug 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: gave-up
I started reading this book, and wasn't enjoying the storyline as much as I had hoped I would. I had attributed it to my reading slump (I must have picked up and put down three or four books in the past week), but then worried that, if I couldn't get into a chick lit book, what could possibly inspire me to read?!? Then, I heard about the scandal erupting online, with the author, her husband, her assistant, and a few brave reviewers who dared to be honest about their opinions on the book. (Seriou ...more
Aug 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
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“Where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.”
― Emily Giffin, Where We Belong

Spoilers will be all over this review:

So I have loved this writer’s duel books, something borrowed and Something blue.

I also loved her book, Baby proof.

The only book I dislike by her is Love The one you’re with.

I am in the middle on this. It is a sweet story. Mother and daughter find each other. There is a bi
It's been a while since I've read a book by Emily Giffin and I have no idea why!

Where We Belong was so freaking good! The characters were amazing! I was hooked from the very start and I right now I have no idea what day is or month. I just fell in love with this book and for some reason it just felt perfectly written! I don't think I've ever said about a book from start to finish but I swear this book was it!

Okay so it’s basically about this mom who is suddenly reunited with the kid who she put
Paige PBJ63010
Jun 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I won this as an ARC from Goodreads and was so excited to read it. Since you can easily look above to read the description of the book I'm going to skip over telling you all about it to get to what you want, the review.

I have been a fan of Giffin's work since her first book and have read all of them but her last release. This book did not disappoint. I felt that the characters were relatable, though I didn't necessarily agree with all of their decisions. That is what makes Giffin's stories so i
Jul 07, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 Stars
A book about broken relationships being placed back together again. Marian Caldwell is a hotshot TV producer living the life in NYC, when one night a knock on her door changes everything. Kirby Rose (the most beautiful name!) standing there wanting an answer, but more importantly, acceptance. As the book progresses, we flash back and forth between past and present, alternating between the two voices chapter after chapter.

Lighter book, perfect for summer reading. I listened on audio, a
Where We Belong is a standalone, chick-lit novel written by author Emily Giffin. This is the first book I have read by Ms. Giffin and I so enjoyed it. Where We Belong is a glimpse at how adoption has impacted the biological family, the adoptive family, and most of all the child: Kirby. It is sensitive and fairly realistic as far as the emotional aspect goes. I enjoyed the complexity of Kirby, I sympathized with the adoptive family and the suspense they undoubtedly endured during Kirby's personal ...more
Jennifer Hufford
Jun 25, 2012 rated it it was ok
The story was a bit cliched: Kirby, an adopted daughter (the "ugly duckling" of her adopted family) seeks her birth mother Marian. It seemed too easy that Kirby and Marian would strike up an easy friendship, that their relationship would develop so quickly and simply - and that Kirby wouldn't have more anger toward Marian once she sees the lavish life Marian lives as a network television producer in New York City. When together they seek out Kirby's birth father (who didn't know he fathered a ch ...more
Jill Heather
Aug 23, 2012 rated it did not like it
Are you not reading this book because the author set her assistant and her fans on the negative reviewers? Don't worry; you're not missing much. The main adult character is another woman who has a high-powered job she doesn't much like and wants a real relationship (presumably like EG's other characters, she will quit her job as soon as she marries and has a child). There's the wrong man! Then there's the right man! Then there's no tension whatsoever.
Eileen Patterson
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I was ecstatic to receive an advance copy of this book to review, because I really loved Emily Giffin's other two books I read. Well, I LIKED "Something Borrowed" but I did love "Something Blue," the follow up book...something about getting both sides of a story is satisfying. Also, it's not really both SIDES of a story, just two different perspectives, because whatever Giffin's faults may be, she seems to have a good grasp of empathy and why nothing in love and friendship and human relationship ...more
Oct 11, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm not sure I ever would have picked up an Emily Giffin book had it not been for this being the September book club pick for my Muncie book club. Prior to now, her work was lumped on that pastel-hued shelf of chick lit authors I'd pass up in favor of other (what I considered smarter) reads on the bookshelf.

For what it's worth, I DID find myself getting sucked into the story: Marian, a 30-something NYC TV producer who has to deal with a knock on the door one night and the presence of a stranger
Nov 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Baby Proof was a really good book, so I keep reading Giffin's books hoping that another one will come close. I vowed no more after the last "someone cheated, was going to cheat, was forced to cheat" book, but as this one was not about cheating - I relented.

It truly astounds me when authors make throwaway comments in their books that add no value or context, but offend part of the audience. In my case, I did not need to see the term "Hoosier" being used as derogatory. Just didn't. Even if it is p
Sep 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this, ripped through it pretty quickly - it was well-written and entertaining.

Despite my enjoyment I shall now proceed to nitpick, whee!

1. The novel was told in the present tense, but peppered with flashbacks, told in the past tense. This is a bad idea - even if you do get it spot on (and I noticed a few times where it didn't) it always seems jarring. But it was mainly only in issue in about the first third of the book, where most of the flashbacks happened.

2. The author used the word
Tracy Towley
Nov 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
I picked this up because it was one of the finalists for the GoodReads best of the year books. I don't know who chose those books but I need to have a little chat with them. Where We Belong was predictable, boring and completely unoriginal. It is the story of an adopted girl turning 18 and finding her birth parents. Every character was honorable and good and always made decisions that were in the best interest of everyone. They had moments of jealousy (and a few other human emotions) but they qu ...more
Shannon (leaninglights)
Might be hovering somewhere around the 3.5 Mark… I enjoyed certain elements of the story but some of it didn't deliver. What is your favorite Emily Giffin book?
Jan 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Where We Belong was my most anticipated novel this year. Sometimes, anticipated novels don't live up to the expectations you have for a novel you were looking forward to. Where We Belong was most definitely an exception. I think this is probably Emily Giffin's best novel to date. Even though her fifth novel, Heart of the Matter, is my favorite of her's, this is one story, I think everyone can love, and I think it is tied for first because they are such different stories.

I started reading Emily G
Abigail Beckwith
Sep 02, 2012 rated it it was ok
I had read Something Borrowed a few years ago, and remembered liking it. So when I was looking for something to read at an airport, I bought the Kindle version of this book. It was okay for a light, quick read, but didn't really grab my attention. Basically, I forgot I had even read it until I heard about the Internet drama regarding Giffin's husband defending her from a 1 star review on Amazon.

Regardless of the drama, Where We Belong starts really slowly. Our main character, Kirby, has an adopt
Erin Dempsey
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing

I have read all of Giffin's books except for Baby Proof and this was my favorite! Such a great storyline and characters you can't help but love. I highly recommend this one.
Julianna Helms
Aug 26, 2012 marked it as never-ever-says-big-brother
No Emily Giffin for me! ...more
May 18, 2012 rated it liked it
I was excited to win a copy of this book as I had enjoyed Something Borrowed, and surprisingly, enjoyed its sequel, Something Blue, even more. They're smart, likeable, chick lit and she asks questions about moral behavior. But Giffin's subsequent books haven't had as much pop. She tells decent stories, and I want to root for her characters. But I wish she would tune her writing up, and she has some bad habits and a few writerly tics she indulges here.

In this novel, a successful TV producer finds
Dale Harcombe
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
What to say about this novel? I’m always a sucker for a story about adopted children, (not sure why) so the subject drew me in to start with. And it was the reason probably why I kept reading even when at times I was finding myself annoyed with the characters and their behaviour. It was one of those novels that struck me as inconsistent. At times I was reading along happily but at other times wondering why I was reading it at all.
I didn’t like Marian at all and found her juvenile in her outlook
I honestly didn’t think I would like this book; I bought it in paperback because I didn’t want to bring my kindle to a messy sandy beach.
As I said I was prejudiced about the story, because the main theme in the book is the relationship between and adopted girl and her birth mother… but I also thought I more or less liked all previous novels from this author so, why not?
And I was right, Emily has a way to get you into a story, and keep you there, whether you like it or not.
It kept me on my toes
Lyn  Ching
Aug 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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I have always loved Emily Giffin. Her novels Something Borrowed, Something Blue and Love the One You’re With are books I’ve read and reread many times over. Her writing is flawless, and always of stories that pinches the heart.

Marian never thought she would see her again, the daughter she gave up 18 years prior, from a pregnancy she kept secret from everyone, including the baby’s father. But one night Kirby shows up, not asking for
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EMILY GIFFIN is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia School of Law. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, Baby Proof, Love the One You're With, Heart of the Matter, Where We Belong, The One & Only, First Comes Love, and All We Ever Wanted, she currently lives in Atlanta with her husband, three children, and two d

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An adopted teen turns up unannounced on her birth mother's doorstep in Where We Belong, the latest novel from the blockbuster author of Something...
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“Even if we no longer have much in common, we would have always had the past, which, in some ways, is just as important as the present or future. It is where we come from, what makes us who we are.” 72 likes
“Where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.” 47 likes
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