Monday, July 25, 2011

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley
Release Date: February 8, 2011
Publisher: HarperTeen

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 wasn't sure if I would like this story, but the more I read, it grew on me.  Corinne is spoiled and selfish.  No question.  In the book's beginning we get to see Corinne in her New York element, and it was like watching an episode of Gossip Girl.  Now take Blair Waldorf out of New York and put her in the middle of the country shoveling horse poop in a barn, and you've got the gyst of how the story begins.  I always enjoy these type of "fish out of water" stories because it's so funny to watch people flounder around when they're not in their natural element.  Corinne was no exception.

She looks upon pretty much everything with disdain, snubs people who try to make friends with her, and is an absolute little monster to her family.  You can tell immediately that she truly thinks others are beneath her.  Her grandparents, however, whom she's hardly ever even spent time with, are the ones taking care of her at first.  And they insist that she get a job (they get it for her actually), and she has to work in a barn.  Just what she needs.

Little by little, the reader gets to see Claire change, see things in a new way, and begin to appreciate things and people that are around her.  I think there's one particular event that really acts as a catalyst to this and makes her kind of take a hard look at things around her.

The only complaint I have on this book (and this is really a tiny thing) is the name of her love interest.  When I read a book that has romance in it, I tend to kind of put myself in the heroine's place a little.  I would have a hard time feeling any form of romantic excitement for a guy named Bubby.  It just doesn't scream sex appeal to me.  But I overlooked it and found the romance to be cute.

Good job Gwendolyn Heasley.  :-)

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