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Right Where I Belong

4.12  ·  Rating details ·  694 ratings  ·  95 reviews
How do you find your place in the world?

Tired of watching her father flit from one wife to another and having formed a true bond with her most recent stepmother, Natalia decides to move with her from Spain to Florida when the divorce papers are finalized.

There are a couple things Natalia knows for sure: 1) She's being groomed to take over her father's international busine
Paperback, 320 pages
Published December 11th 2012 by Thomas Nelson
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Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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"Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps.

After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces his third wife—the only one who has been a mother to her—Natalia is ready to write him off too.

Needing a change of scenery, Natalia leaves her home in Spain and relocates with her stepmother to sun-soaked Florida. But she didn’t realize just how
Libby May
Jun 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I feel like I just ate a giant chocolate cake and I don't even feel sick.

Krista McGee never ever disappoints (except one time) I absolutely love this book. It's amazing and cute and wholesome and wonderful and clean.
I love Natalie. I fell in love with Brian in third chapter of the book. Spencer was a jerk, but he changed and I appreciate that, seriously he did change. And he didn't get what he wanted even though he did change.
Addy is a good girl, like always, and Lexi was a blast. I love that
Jun 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book reminded me how good God is, and how He is always working in our lives. In reading this book it just reminded how important it is to always keep our eyes on God because His plan for us is greater than we could ever imagine. I fell in love with the characters in this book and their love for God. It makes me realize how important it is to speak out about my faith with my friends. Anyways, I loved this book a lot and definitely recommend it!
Krista McGee is becoming my favorite author
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
Natalia Lopez is tired of her father's love them and leave them attitude. When he divorces his third wife, Natalia leaves Spain with her stepmother to move to Florida. She's got a lot to adjust to - a grieving stepmother, a Christian school, and boys who are interested in her. She has sworn off love and boys because of how her father treated the women he married, yet she's drawn to Brian, the pastor's son. As the two get to know each other, they find that they are both drawn to the other's love ...more
Naiccole Brubaker
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May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
Krista McGee has done it again! This third book from Krista is a modern day version of Ruth from the Bible. Natalia leaves her home of Spain and all that she knows to move with her stepmother to Tampa Florida when Natalia's father seeks a divorce from her stepmother. Natalia is thrust into a culture she doesn't know and a brokenhearted and depressed stepmother so the move to America is not all Natalia thought it would be. She struggles but believes that God has brought her to this place and in t ...more
Sep 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
Another amazing book from Krista McGee! This is the fourth book I've read by her, am I must say that I haven't been disappointed yet! McGee is definitely my favorite Christian author because her stories hold the perfect blend of entertainment and enlightenment. I'm always left with a smile on my face and hope in my heart!
I loved both 'First Date' and 'Starring Me', so I was very happy when I learned that Addy and Kara would be a part of Natalia's story. I absolutely adored Natalia. She was as a
Christy Carmean
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Third book of the series - this one based on the story of Ruth. By far my favorite of the series so far. Loved the return of some characters from the first two books, but I really loved the cross culutral references and viewing the struggle of the characters to find their place and look for their place in life and ministry.
Becca Allison
Apr 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
They just keep getting more & more amazing with every book!!! I love how Krista ties different characters into “First Date”, “Starring Me”, & “Right Where I Belong”. I would MOST DEFINITELY recommend this/these books!!! The romances are so innocent & sweet plus the spirituality is AMAZING!! ...more
Audrey Bodine
May 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love Biblical retellings. I love McGee’s humor. Mix them together and you get this beautiful portrait of a Natalia (our “Ruth”), a young girl who loves her God and her ex-stepmother so much that she travels to a new land in order to follow His will. In a culture Natalia, herself, feels lost inside.

God’s promise of caring for His children shines through in this story. McGee has crafted a memorable version of this familiar Bible story, and like every great book based around the Bible, Right Wher
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it
I've really enjoyed this series. It's so nice to find Young Adult stories that are clean! Natalia is a new Christian and is new to the United States. It was fun watching her experience things in the U.S. for the first time. Her hunger for the Word and more of God inspired me. There was a real lesson in this on how much we take things for granted. And I loved Brian's humor. He struggled with self worth and watching him grow as well was great! This book had tons of faith content. Even though they ...more
The Angry Lawn Gnome
I am completely befuddled as to why I picked this up, other than the fact that I was screwing around with Hoopla and this popped up, somehow. And never mind that I read two more by the same author.

Don't worry. I'm better now. I think.

Spoiler: Everybody winds up in Jesus's warm embrace by the end. But did anyone ever think otherwise?

Given that I am so far out of the demographic this book and the siblings by the same author I read that I'm doubtless arriving from another galaxy I leave no rating
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Krista McGee astounded me yet again with this amazing book. I have now read all of her books, and I am so sad that I don’t have anymore books to read by her. She is an amazing author, and I think every teen girl that knows Jesus should read this book. It’s absolutely amazing. Thank you Krista for yet another fantastic book. Please write more!!
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved how the main character was very Christ focused. She learned how to listen to His will and his path even if it wasn't what she planned. I have liked reading this authors books and will read more from her.
May 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
I have mixed feelings about this one. I found the story to be rather slow, but I did love Brian and Natalia. I also love the way the author handled Spencer's storyline. It was also fun to catch up with characters from Starring Me.
Violet Perry
Oct 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I luv luv loved this book! Just like Krista McGee's other books, it was outstanding, and it really has a good message beneath all of it.
For the full review of this book, check it out at my book blog:
Keilah Dell
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved Right where I belong, and I think it is one of the best of Krista's books.
I just need to stop reading Christian Teen novels. Not a good mix.
Christine Johnson
Jul 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Did not realize it was juvenile fiction when I picked it up - still enjoyed it. Easy read with a good message.
Ntebogeng Archer
Jun 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite young adult reads. Clean, God-honoring book about overcoming life's obstacles and how to date in a God honoring way.
Jun 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Right Where I Belong - Krista McGee
(*SPOILER ALERT!!!*) 4.5stars
You know, I never liked the name Brian much. I just never really pictured a good Brian. This Brian altered my opinion of the name.
Brian was wonderful. I enjoyed his happy-go-lucky personality and humor. He really was a great guy. It sure didn't take him long to like Natalia. I liked the scene when he brought her to his special tower. And what he said was just beautiful. Despite his objections, the truth is obvious: He'll make a grea
Nov 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The cover and title of this book caught my attention right away. Two things everyone loves: sticking their feet in the ocean, and knowing we're where we are supposed to be. Both are amazing feelings! I was so happy when this book lived up the expectations built on such a great first impression.

This is Natalia's story. She is seventeen when her life is rocked again with her father's announcement that he is divorcing wife #3 in favor of yet another younger woman. Her current stepmother, Maureen, h
Renn Shearin
Dec 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps.

After watching her father jump from one marriage to the next, Natalia has completely written off love. And when her father divorces his third wife—the only one who has been a mother to her—Natalia is ready to write him off too.

Needing a change of scenery, Natalia leaves her home in Spain and relocates with her stepmother to sun-soaked Florida. But she didn’t realize just how far a new school
Sep 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
When I got the opportunity to read RIGHT WHERE I BELONG on NetGalley, I was definitely a little more than excited. One of the cutest books I ever found on the site was by this author, Krista McGee, so needless to say I had high expectations for this novel.

And, I'm happy to say that I was truly not disappointed. But of course, nobody really thought I would be, right?

Starting with the plot. Natalia has grown up in Spain as the daughter of highly educated and successful parents -- who just so happe
Jan 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, review
Reading a handful of complimentary reviews can entice any reader to pick up a book with an unfamiliar author’s name to its credit. This is how I was introduced to Krista McGee’s novels; fellow reviewers unknowingly prompted me to request this novel for review. Happily I am not sorry to have done so. The story of seventeen-year-old Natalia is one that will hit its mark with many teens – instead of just “another” teenage romance novel in which the characters are on the brink of falling into places ...more
Jul 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-s, alt-pov
Once again, Krista McGee has proven that the message of Christ's love can be presented in a way that is neither preachy nor cheesy. (I think I love her.) Right Where I Belong, a modern day retelling of the story of Ruth, is a fun read about friendship, love and the blessings of God's gifts. (There may also be a swoon worthy boy or two. *winks*)

Figuring out what you want to do with your life can be hard, especially when your parents seem to have your future all mapped out for you. Knowing where y
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Abbey by: Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
I love that the story was a Ruth retelling!!! I love this story so much even more than the other two.But I have a small suggestion for the author make a story about Lexi.
Eustacia Tan
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley
When I first read (First Date), I didn't know what I was getting into. I started getting an inkling at Starring Me, and now, I can safely say that Krista McGee is one of my favourite authors! I started Right Where I Belong one night and simply couldn't put it down!

Right Where I Belong loosely follows the story of Ruth. Natalia, our protagonist, has decided to follow her ex-stepmother Maureen to America to comfort her about her divorce from her father. Because of the many failed relationships sh
Mar 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2013
Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps.

Natalia’s father is about to get divorced again. His business is his top priority and plans for her to take over his business. Her mother is more concerned with her career and doesn’t have much time for her daughter. Natalia has really bonded with her current stepmother. Maureen has introduced Natalia to Christ and Natalia wants to learn more. When Maureen tells Natalia she will be moving ho
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Krista writes for teens, teaches teens, and more often than not, acts like a teen. She and her family have lived and ministered in Texas, Costa Rica, and Spain. Her current hometown is Tampa, FL.

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