Saturday, March 26, 2011

Book Reivew: Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Hesley

Corrinne Corcoran is getting ready for her first semester away at boarding school. She has three weeks to get all the clothes she could possibly need (on-line shopping is a last resort, and malls are totally off limits). Of course, if she knew that she could room with her best friend Waverly it would be so easy. Kent is the next step in her perfect life, of course the cute upperclassman Smith is helpful.

Then Corrinne gets the worst news she can think of: her dad lost his job, and the family lost most of their savings in a bad banking deal. Her dad was lucky to get a job in Dubai, but the family will have to sell their Manhattan apartment and worst of all move to Broken Spoke, Texas, her mother's hometown.

From riches to rags, Corrinne isn't sure if she can survive Texas. What was supposed to be her first year at Connecticut boarding school, is spent in a town where kids hang out at the Sonic drive-in, football is the weekend event and people eat carbs. She's surprised when she befriends the friendly cheerleader Kitsy, of course she has to watch out for football player (and good guy) Bubby, and then there is Rider musician and maybe the only good thing to come from Texas. Dealing with the changes to her social life, living with her grandparents and finding out about her mother's past might just be too much for Corrinne.

Where I Belong would be a great beach read, and if you can't get to the beach, at the very least a fun spring break read. The story is very current, and while you may not be shopping at Barney's or moving to Texas, everyone has been making changes due to the economy. The story has a little bit of drama, a little bit of romance, and Corrinne is the kind of girl you can't help cheering for. Reading about her change from big city girl to comfortable country girl is fun. Fans of books like Gossip Girl and light realistic fiction should check out Where I Belong.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Trapped by Michael Northrop)