January 15, 2011

Blog Tour: Where I Belong (Gwendolyn Heasley) Review

Where I Belong
Publisher: HarperTeen (February 1, 2011)
Paperback: 304 pages
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Book from The Teen Book Scene (check out other stops on this tour by clicking the link!
From Goodreads. 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 determined to get back to the glamorous life she’s supposed to be living. But as she grudgingly adjusts—making new friends and finding romance along the way—this city girl begins to realize that life without credit cards and shopping sprees may not be as bad as it seems....

WHERE I BELONG, by Gwendolyn Heasley, is a sweet riches to rags story. In the wake of the recession, Corrinne (teen Manhattanite) and her younger brother move to Broken Spoke (podunk town in the middle of nowheresville Texas). She is heart-broken to be leaving her best friend, Waverly, and the chance to attend a very prestigious boarding school that Fall. But Broken Spoke's charm and simple-town life may have a different affect on her than she would have ever dreamed. I really enjoyed this book. It was a charming story of a young girl getting off her high horse and learning that the world is not made up of New York City.

The cast of characters are definitely something to rave about. The people that Corrinne choose to hang out with in each place were total opposites but complimented her personality in either place. Waverly was the exaggerated NYC teen and Kisty was the stereotypical cheerleading Texas girl. Where Waverly tested Corrinne's willingness to fit in, Kisty welcomed her with open arms into a strange place. But the relationships that changed Corrinne the most was her romantic ones. She was immediately attracted to Rider. He was the rocker guy who was too cool for Texas and that is exactly how she felt initially. But Bubby, football star and all around nice guy, pestered her non-stop to question her life away from the Big Apple.

Overall this was a pretty great book. The charming characters and story really warms the heart.

For more info, check out Gwendolyn Heasley's website

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