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Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
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Jun 13, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: arc, chick-lit, womens-ficion, fiction, own
Read from June 13 to 16, 2012

Another compulsively readable beach read by Giffin. The daughter you've never admitted to having shows up on your doorstep 18 years later. Now you have to deal. Yikes. I had to keep reading.

The novel alternates between the POV of the daughter and the (birth) mother. Although I found the mother's buried secret a really compelling concept, I thought the character, a boring WASPy NY person, wasn't very interesting. Kinda prissy actually.

I liked the daughter better. I thought it was cool how she managed to navigate the awkward situation better than either her birth mother or her adopted mother. Go youth!

Just when I was getting totally sick of Giffin's white bread world, she introduced an Asian character. Thank frickin' God.

Overall, there wasn't much drama. Everyone pretty much acted like reasonable human beings. On the one hand...not that juicy. But it did feel like a realistic, slice-of-life type of deal.
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