Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
- ISBN-13: 9780061978845
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication date: 2/8/2011
- Pages: 291
- Source: Purchased
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 take a job shoveling manure, Corrinne is determined to get back to the life she’s supposed to be living. She doesn’t care who she stomps on in the process. But when Corrinne makes an unlikely friend and discovers a total hottie at work, she begins to wonder if her life B.R.—before the recession—was as perfect as it seemed.
Where I Belong started pretty slowly for me because I had a very difficult time connecting with Corrinne, the main character. She lives in New York City and meets all of the stereotypes that I have about very affluent city girls. Corrienne spends money like there is no tomorrow and breaks all the rules because she just doesn’t think they should apply to her. Really in the beginning she was just a rotten brat in my mind and that made it very difficult to connect with her. Now, once Corrienne’s father loses his job and she is forced to moved to Broken Spoke, Texas, in other words, the middle of nowhere Texas and started to get a real taste of life it was easier to connect with her and I really began to enjoy her transformation. At first, she hates everything about this small town but it really starts to grow on her without her even realizing it is happening. Corrienne is faced with getting a job that pays $7.50 a hour cleaning stalls at a local barn, something her parent’s paid someone to do with her own horse back in New York. My favorite part of Where I Belong is when her best friend from New York visits during the big rodeo, that Corrienne has put together a silent auction and t-Shirt sale together for. It is a disaster everything that could go wrong does, that is not what I really enjoyed but rather this is the first time that Corrienne realizes how much she has changed and grown.
Now the ending of this story was a little too perfect for me. I just can’t imagine in just 5 months that things would turn around as much as the appear too. I would have liked for the story to go on a bit longer because it just felt like there was a lot of build up for a very quick and perfect ending. Lots of build up for nothing.
I enjoyed the vastly different personalities that the characters of Where I Belong have and how they all interact with each other. I also enjoyed watching Corienne grow up during this story and really start to define who she really is.
3 Penguins, a decent quick read.