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Where I Belong

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3.73  ·  Rating details ·  6,562 ratings  ·  502 reviews
Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . . When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit ca ...more
Paperback, 289 pages
Published February 8th 2011 by HarperTeen
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(3.5 stars)

Shallow, snobby and rich little princess Corrinne gets a taste of what life is really about when the recessions rains on her perfectly plastic lifestyle when her father gets laid off, sending miss-thing to the hard bruel truth of the real world.
It's probably the best thing that could have ever happend to her....

Where I Belong was a decent read but it took forevah for me to like Corrinne, to be fair she was meant to be written all selfish and materialistic and everything I can't stand
Apr 17, 2011 rated it liked it
This just goes to show that I probably can't stomach a book like Before I Fall if I was kind of disappointed about a book like this which I'm pretty sure is a lighter read.

This was kind of what I expected it to be but more annoying at the beginning than I thought. Yes, I expected her to be a snob about going to Texas and that she would miss her old life in New York but Corrinne is such a stereotyped spoiled brat who did whatever she wanted. I was hoping it would be funnier but it was mostly jus
Erica (storybookend)
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 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 ...more
Allison (The Allure of Books)
This was a really fun story, and a very quick read. Seeing Corrinne embrace her inner hick was an enjoyable experience. The focus is definitely on Corrinne and her learning things about herself and about life in general - I think the cover makes it out to be more of a romance than it is. I'm not saying that as a critique, because it didn't bother me. Just fair warning.

Sometimes I let the stupidest things bother me. When Corrinne is first learning her way around Broken Spoke, they talk about the
Jan 29, 2011 rated it liked it
A quick fun read!

After an emotional ride with Thirteen Reasons Why, Where I Belong was perfect to dissipate the heavy emotional cloud hanging over me. It was insightful in an entertaining and cute way.

The book follows the story of Corrinne, a 16-year old socialite and fashionista from New York who finds herself moving to small town, Broken Spoke, in Texas with her grandparents amongst cowboys and cowgirls. It takes awhile for Corrinne to get off her high horse and spoiled-brat ways and learn to
Rachel Harris
I adore a good YA Contemporary. While I enjoy being sucked into the world building of paranormal, there’s just something about reading a novel with real people that I can completely relate to and a world just like my own. It has its own special magic.

This weekend I inhaled Gwendolyn Heasley’s WHERE I BELONG, a YA Contemporary about a New York City girl who is sent to the boonies of Texas after her father is laid off during the recession. Corrinne is unlike most of the YA heroines portrayed in th
Princess Bookie
Jun 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read2010
My Thoughts: Do you want this book summed up into one word? Charming! We are introduced to Corrinne who hails from big city New York to a small quiet hick town in Texas which is called Broken Spoke! She had plans to attend a private school (Kent) with her best friend Waverly so going to public school is like her idea of torture. She is supposed to hook up with the cute guy on campus and become his girlfriend. And to sum it up, her family is broke so how is she going to relieve some of this stres ...more
Gwendolyn Heasley
Jul 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
If you liked Where I Belong, please check out The Art of Goodbye, a digital sequel e-novella coming out on March 4th!

The heroine of Where I Belong is back in The Art of Goodbye, a romantic digital original novella about first loves and second chances.

It's Corrinne Corcoran's last night in town before heading off to college, and she's determined it'll be the most epic night ever. She's planned every detail of each hour of the night, from what dresses she'll wear, to what parties she'll hit, to w
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, for-review
I wish more YA books were set in small towns in the south. Although I did not grow up in the south, I did grow up in a small town. The varsity football game was a big deal. Our parents didn’t go on business trips or anything, so you had to party in a field. Express was considered ‘designer’.

Read the rest of my review here
Leigh Collazo
Feb 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing

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WHAT I LIKED: I loved this! It's kind of like Clueless meets Disney's Cars. For a little while there, Corrinne isn't really all that likeable. She's rude to her family, a terrible big sister, and shallow, shallow, shallow. But over time, Corrinne finds the real person she is meant to be. The romance is very slow-building, which I always love. I also enjoyed many laugh-out-loud moments.

The character-building is fantastic. Tripp, who adapts to Texas life very easil
Shanyn (Chick Loves Lit)
Dear Corrinne,

You annoyed me from the first page, but I carried on because I've wanted to read this book for months. Your incessant talk about how rich you were, how poor you are now, and how expensive your outfit is always managed to grate on my nerves. I do realize that you had quite the lifestyle change, moving from a posh New York City lifestyle to a small town in Texas, but you certainly crossed the line into brat territory one too many times for my liking.

Your friend Kitsy, though? Love he
Jun 09, 2012 rated it did not like it
When I was reading the reviews for Where I Belong and saw people talking about contractions not being used enough, I thought to myself, "It couldn't possibly be that bad." I was wrong, completely and utterly wrong. Without contractions the writing is really stiff, so I wasn't able to feel like I was in Corrinne's head. It also make the dialogue not believable. Most of the time, I just couldn't believe someone, whether teenager or adult, would say that. It makes the book nearly impossible to read ...more
Sab H.  (YA Bliss)
Jun 28, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: great-ya-romance
Cute, charming and adorable.

I really enjoyed this book! Yes, its the typical, predictable 'rich and spoiled city girl is forced to live in a small town' story, but it was fun and sweet all the way. The characters were very well done and the plot line was smoothly developed. I loved Corinne and her cool personality. The clash of lifestyles was very interesting to experience through Heasley's writing. Both, Corinne and Waverly, experience hilarious moments while discovering Broken Spoke. Of course
Aug 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
I want to say this book radiates beginner wattpad story writer energy, but that would be an insult to them. This "book" was completely inconsistent and frustrating to read the entire time. Readers open up to a letter that warns (I see it as a threat), "So if you hate me at first, keep reading. You might just surprise yourself." Oh, was I surprised! She was a brat the entire time! I thought she would have her character growth moment before the middle of the story, yet she was still a stubborn, ar ...more
♥ Sarah
Dec 26, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The book cover is a bit lacking... Ok, maybe a lot lacking.
Then again, maybe that's the point: to not judge a book by its cover?

This book was cute but shallow. Or should I say hollow? Just like Corrinne, who sheds her city roots for some cowboy boots. (I promise I am not trying to rhyme and sound super freaky on purpose.) Basically, I knew what I was getting into when I started reading this. I honestly didn't expect some grand revelation, or some deep socio-political message about consumer cult
Amy Jacobs
Nov 18, 2010 rated it it was ok

When you read the first page of the book, you know exactly how the main character is going to be. Basically the first page is a letter from Corrinne to the reader. She tells you that when reading this book, you are going to not enjoy her attitude and demeanor. I found this to be very accurate.

When Corrinne's Father loses his job due to the recession, her family is forced to sell their home in New York. While her father travels abroad to find work, Corrinne is forced to move to Broken Spoke, Texa
Alyssa hoffmaster
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
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I absolutely hated snobby Corinne so much, she didn’t appreciate anything. But I totally understand her point though, going from being rich and being able to go shopping anytime she wanted, to going to a very small town in Texas with nothing.

Still she should respect people more.

I have to admit, I thought I was going to like this book a lot more than I did. I saw the cute cover and immediately was drawn in.
Although being in recession really taught Corinne a great lesson. Not o
Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jan 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Meet Corrinne. She's living every girl's dream in New York City—shopping sprees at Barneys, open access to the best clubs and parties, and her own horse at the country club. Her perfect life is perfectly on track. At least it was. . . .

When Corrinne's father is laid off, her world suddenly falls apart. Instead of heading to boarding school, she's stripped of her credit cards and shipped off to the boonies of Texas to live with her grandparents. On her own in a big public school and forced to
Oct 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
This book is a fun read. The main reason for this is that the main character's personality is funny and very engaging. Corrinne is skillfully depicted as a stuck up, self-absorbed city girl gone country. Since I had to move to Texas during high school, some of her comments and/or thoughts cracked me up. Almost every line of this had something that made me smile. Most of the things that annoy her were things that annoyed me even though I moved from small town Maryland to big city Texas. Texas is ...more
Najlaa AlHajri
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: contemporary, romance
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Tressa (Wishful Endings)
Jan 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2011
I actually really enjoyed reading this. There is a lot of teenage slang, but some of it is very funny. I got a kick out of Corrinne's character. Here is an example when she is learning to drive for the first time and by stick no less: "And so for the first time in my life, I sit in the driver's seat as Grandpa details the truck's anatomy: the third pedal, the gearshift, the RPM dashboard, and the red line. Can't someone invent iStick that will do this all for you?" Someone said they were disappo ...more
Feb 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

Please tell me that my book had a few chapters missing since it totally could've went on for a few more chapters.

UGH. Gwendolyn Heasley you CANNOT end a book like that.

I LOVED this book besides the ending. I will probably be re-reading this during the summer on road trips, laying out on the beach etc.

Rated it 4 out of 5 stars just because the ending ended on a high but would've loved to see where Corrinne took her relationship just a few more chapters.

Hopefully Gwendolyn will write m
April*procrastinator and proud*
is it just me or does this sound (and look) like that Hannah Montana Movie...
ehh.... whatever. I'll try it.
Apr 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Very cute story.

I liked how Corrinne transformed into a young responsible lady. For the first few chapters, she was annoying. But true to her words, she changed to become a better person.
Aug 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: contemporary, bleh
Rating: 1.5 stars

I guess Cursed Book of the Month™ is really a thing now

Boy was this a yee-haw of a ride, and I don't mean that in a good way. I had to dodge so munch bad writing, poor character development, and red flags that the book is chalk full with annotations. My AP English teachers would be proud lol (or shook idk)

Thoughts and Rants

• Corrine is such a rat and goes through no character development. I thought I was promised some development??? But no, I WAS TRICKED. Seriously, everythi
Hana Bilqisthi
Dec 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Corrinne is definitely unlikable character. She is snob and complains a lot.
But I really like her character development.
It is fun read ✨✨
Nov 11, 2010 rated it liked it
Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley is her February 2011 YA debut. First let me start by saying, I absolutely adore this cover. It's colorful, cute, sweet and a tad romantic even the book itself isn't that romantic.

Synopsis: Corrinne Corcoran’s upscale Manhattan life is perfectly on track—until her father announces he’s been laid off and she’s shipped off to Broken Spoke, Texas, to live with her grandparents. All alone in a big public school and forced to take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is
Mar 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-in-2011

I’m so pleased to have discovered this gem of a YA contemporary. Where I Belong is sweet and a complete page-turner with a lot of heart.

First of all I have to say the cover is very misleading. Before I started this book (and a good few chapters in) I was expecting something of a sweet love story between a city girl and a country guy. Although done to death I was pretty much excited to dive right in because I haven’t read one of these before. Instead, I found myself frowning and tryin
Hannah McBride
Jun 02, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I picked up this book while trying to kill time in my local library. I remember thinking it looked good and I wanted to read it, so why not? I sat down and proceeded to read through the first 100 pages without really wanting to stop.

Here’s the thing: You’ve seen the plot before. Gwendolyn Heasley plays it on the safe side, keeping the plot completely predicable. Rich girl suddenly a poor girl and exiled into a (to her) hellish, sub-par way of living that she ultimately finds has transformed her
Jul 10, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2011
Where I Belong was a fun and light hearted debut novel perfect for reading cozying up to the fire or lounging around the pool. Corrine was a main character that readers will either love or hate. At first I couldn’t stand her. She was a whiny, demanding brat and I just couldn’t feel any remorse for her when she found out her father had lost his job. After living the high life in New York City, rubbing shoulders with celebrities, and partying with her best friend, Waverly, Corrine and her younger ...more
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Gwendolyn Heasley is a graduate of Davidson College and the University of Missouri-Columbia where she earned her master’s degree in journalism. When she was a little girl, she desperately wanted to be the next Ann M. Martin- the author of the beloved The Baby-Sitter’s Club series. She’s incredibly grateful that the recession rendered her unemployed and made her chase her nearly forgotten dream. He

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