Where I Belong

 
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Where I Belong
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Release Date
February 08, 2011
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9780061978845
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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.

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Where I Belong leaves one wondering where it is they ended up.
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This was a refreshing and humorous take on the recession. Big city girl, Corrinne is forced to relocate to a small town because Daddy gets laid off and "Madoffed" at the same time. She is a sassy, spoiled high school freshman who gets a major reality check when she heads to Texas with her brother to start her sophomore year at (gasp!) public school! Gone are the designer clothes, parties, endless shopping sprees with Daddy's credit card and paid servants she's used too. She has to learn to eat real food - like with actual carbs, (the horror) and do things for herself (that pancake ain't gonna serve itself).

While in Broken Spoke, Texas aka The Middle of Freakin Nowhere, Corrinne meets some interesting people with strange names. Kitsy, the head cheerleader is her only female friend but she's sweet and goes out of her way to make Corrinne feel welcome. Hands is Kitsy's boyfriend and the quarterback for the football team and let's not forget, football is god in Texas! Bubby is Hottie number #1, also a football player and all around good guy. He's "sweet on" Corrinne but she pays him little attention because she has the hots for Hottie number #2, Rider, local stable boy and aspiring musician. She learns all about Texas culture which of course includes football, tailgaiting and the ever popular rodeo which she finds is really kind of fun. Through everything she experiences, from the loss of her life as she knew it to they way it is now, Corrinne learns that there's a difference between being disappointed and surrendering. (Thanks Grandma!)

*Spoilers*
I only gave this 3 stars because I felt like there were a few holes left in the storyline concerning Corinne's Mom, JJ and her history in Broken Spoke. We were given a little information about her history with Dusty but then, nothing. (what happened there?) We're even told a little about what happened with her once she moved to NYC and met Corrinne's Dad, Cole, but again, it comes up short. There was also a lot of drama with Grandma going on that seemed to be glazed over too easily for me. I realize this Corrinne's story but still, you can't just hint around about old flames and old history without eventually going into detail about it. (It's like a guy telling a girl that he knows what's going on with her best girlfriend's relationship, because she's dating his best guy friend but he can't say anything about it.) Details! We need details!

Speaking of details, what's the deal with Bubby? The ball was dropped there as well, or would it be the horsehoe since we're in Broken Spoke, Texas? You can't give me a cover like that (you know how I love me a good cover!), tease me with all that cute romantic tension between he and Corrine and...the book ends? Seriously?! We don't even get to find out his real name. That's like making me muck stalls, knowing I'm working up a thirst in the Texas heat, offering me an ice cold Coca Cola but when I pop the top and take a sip, it's flat. Soda is supposed to be fizzy, not flat.

Good Points
The cover is cute and teases of a romance as big as Texas.
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I don’t think I’ve ever read a book in which there was such a bitchy, snobby, self-centered, egotistical girl as a main character. Those types are usually saved for the main character’s enemy. I also don’t think I’ve ever read another book which changed my feelings about the character and her attitude so many different times over the course of the novel as I did with this book and it’s main character, Corrine.

I originally picked this up expecting to read a light romance. The cover kind of gives off that kind of impression, don’t you think? But it wasn’t. This is more of a story about friendship, and family. The romance is an off-to-the-side kind of thing, and it’s very subtle.

Corrine changed a lot through this novel. Through shoveling horse manure, ‘cheap’ parties, a few visits to Sonic, and an abrupt visit from a equally snobby friend, it was really interesting to see Corrine’s views and thoughts change. The change was really subtle, too, and you wouldn’t really notice it. But looking from how she was at the beginning to how she was at the end really shows how much she changed, even when you didn’t realize it. And that’s kind of what I liked about this – the subtle, gradual change of character. It wasn’t an abrupt, overnight thing. It seems more realistic and believable this way.

However, I had a hard time believing another aspect of this book. The beginning, actually, with the paparazzi. Everyone Corrine knows is rich. Every kid that Corrine knows has rich parents, just like her. But she’s the only one that seems to have to worry about the paparazzi, and about her face appearing in magazines and newspapers when she doesn’t want it to. Why would paparazzi trail you just because your parents are rich and successful? Sure, they’d probably trail movie stars. Actresses. Models. Undeniably rich people. But Corrine is none of those things but rich. And everyone she knows is just like her. Why is the paparazzi just trailing her? That’s the part I don’t really get. Why?

Corrine really gained my respect towards the end of the book, especially when she took her brother to Sonic (‘aw’ moment ). But that ending… I just… No. No, no, no. I get that the author was trying to that Corrine let go of all those things and was kind of ‘moving on,’ but that was not the way to do it. The ending didn’t really sit right with me, and… eh. First, Corrine throws herself at one guy, then at another. Because of a football game. To me, she’s just reverted back into that silly, shallow girl she was at the beginning. It’s kind of like she’s following the limelight, and ‘likes’ whichever guy has everyone’s attention at the moment. Like I said, the ending just didn’t sit right with me. It also kind of left me staring at the last page going “Huh? That’s it?”

But overall, this was a nice, light book, and a welcomed break from all those heavy YA paranormal and fantasy romances. The romance was kind of an iffy thing for me, because it seemed to drift in and out. The paparazzi and that ending didn’t really sit right with me either, but I did enjoy reading about how Corrine changed. In the end, everything comes together and finishes off seamlessly. This doesn’t really shove any important life lessons or preachy lectures in your face, which is something I really liked about it. It follows Corrine’s emotional journey, and isn’t really heavy – the plot’s simple and easy to process.

I won’t go as far as to say I really enjoyed this, but it isn’t like I disliked it, either. This book was more in the middle. I was okay with it, but I’m not really a fan of it. Disliked the beginning, loved the middle, and the ending… :-/
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