Review: Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

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Review: Where I Belong by Gwendolyn HeasleyWhere I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Also by this author: Don't Call Me Baby
Published by HarperCollins on 2011-02-08
Genres: Adolescence, New Experience, Social Issues, Young Adult
Pages: 304
Format: Paperback
Source: Publisher
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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.

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’.

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley does a fabulous job of conveying the better side of small-town spirit. Sure, small towns get a bad rap because of unsophistication and looking down on outsiders. But not all small towns are like that. Anyways, Corrinne is a rich girl from Manhattan. She has her own credit card, is going to boarding school and has a horse. Her dad pulls in six figures a year. She’s pretty spoiled and has no clue about EconomyFAIL. Anyways, she gets a call from her mom saying there’s a family emergency. Turns out her dad has lost his high powered job, the family has no money AND they are relocating to Broken Spoke, Texas.

What follows, essentially is city mouse going all country. AND I LOVE IT. I would find Corrinne’s privilege a little hard to take, but she’s actually really funny and kind of reminds me of myself. For instance, she says what is on her mind and is very forthright. Corrinne is always being told to remember her filter, or think before she speaks. Also, she does do some stupid things. However, the girl has heart, and you can see that she genuinely cares.

Plus, there is slight romance, but that doesn’t undermine the story, as Where I Belong is basically focused on Corrinne, and her change of heart. Plus, okay very slight spoiler highlight to read: I was reading an interview that came with my copy of the book and Heasley was talking about why Corrinne doesn’t end up in a serious relationship. Basically Heasley says she doesn’t because she didn’t want the story to be about the relationship, but about Corrinne’s evolving character. Well, it was along those lines.

Also, the writing is a lot better than I had expected. Sure, Corrinne says annoyingly teenager things, but she’s a teen. ALSO the author is mad young, like my age. And well, I’ve been burned by younger authors before, so of course I was nervous. BUT, guys, this one isn’t terrible at all.

If you are looking for sarcasm, a well done small town, and country boys and girls getting down on the farm, check out Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.


  1. The few books I’ve read about the south I’ve really enjoyed, it’s so different to where I live, I get lost in them. This sounds like it could very well join the list!

  2. I also wish a lot more books were set in small towns, that’s why this one is on my list. I’m so glad you loved it!

  3. Thanks for your review !! I’m definitely going to buy it !! =)

  4. I was under the impression this book had more than a slight romance. I mean, look at this cover! I’m still planning to read it though!

  5. I love the feel of the cover and the fact that it deals with present issues. Great review!

  6. I’m a sucker for a “transformation” story and really liked this one. She captured the Texas tumbleweed town feel very well and the characters were great! A cute, fun read. Thanks for the review!
    The Book Swarm

  7. I really liked Where I Belong too. The small town setting was perfect for the story and as different as you can get from NYC. And love the fact that the romance was included but wasn’t the main thread of Corinne’s story.

  8. When i read the synopsis for this it kinda reminded me of the film Sweet Home Alabama and OH HOLY HELL I love that film with a crazy passion. Maybe because small town life really really fascinates me because i’ve always lived so close to the city. This sounds like such a fun read! i want it! and I love that cover 😉

  9. I love the cover of this book, I think the colors are perfect. I’m glad to hear you liked it. Thanks for the great review!

  10. Ahh I totally want this one. I grew up in a small town (kinda near you actually!) until I moved to the Philly area so it would be refreshing to read something set in a small town. And seriously..Express totally seemed like designer when I lived there. Prada who? Anywho, young authors like this make me feel so unaccomplished lol. I’ll be adding this one to my list and the cover makes me happy!

  11. Thanks for this review! I will definitely be reading Where I Belong. I grew up in a small town too and I enjoy reading about teens who live normal lives. It will be fun to see how Corrinne adapts. I am glad the focus is on her character’s growth. Fantastic review, April!

  12. I’ve been interested in this ever since I first saw it, but I was a little afraid it would be too fluffy. I’m happy to hear that it’s good! Awesome review!

  13. This is at the top of my TBR pile. I’m glad to hear you enjoyed it.


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