Where I Belong: A Chick Lit Wednesday Review

Where I Belong by Gwendolyn HeasleyCorrinne Corcoran had the perfect life. In fact, she was probably living the life you want; shopping at Barneys in New York City, her own horse at the country club, invites to the hottest parties, and an entree to the best private boarding school on the east coast.

That was before the recession.

With her father suddenly laid off Corrine finds her perfect life falling apart. No more horse, no boarding school, not even anymore New York City.

Instead Corrinne finds herself shipped off to Broken Spoke, Texas along with her annoying little brother to live with the grandparents they barely know.

In Texas Corrinne has to make sense of life in a big public school and is even forced to take a job shoveling manure. She is determined to get back to the life she’s supposed to be living. In the city that’s supposed to be her home.

But as Corrinne spends more time in Texas, she starts to wonder if her perfect pre-recession life really is the only option or if Broken Spoke might have more to offer than she thought in Where I Belong (2011) by Gwendolyn Heasley.

Where I Belong is Heasley’s debut novel.

This book is enchanting. Even at her snarkiest, brattiest and most spoiled Corrinne is an endearing narrator readers can’t help but sympathize with as her world comes crashing down.

Heasley brings a high level of authenticity to all of the characters and beautiful detail to both her New York and Texas backdrops. Corrinne’s one track mind and narrow focus on getting back to New York and her “real” life are tempered by an unpredictable plot that throws Corrinne (and maybe even the readers) for a few loops including a surprising conclusion that suggests Corrinne, and all of her friends, will be back in a future installment (at least this review hopes so!).

Where I Belong is a funny and heartfelt story that shows sometimes going from riches to rags can be a good thing.

Possible Pairings: Can’t Look Away by Donna Cooner, King of the Screwups by K. L. Going, Another Kind of Cowboy by Susan Juby, Confessions of a Not It Girl by Melissa Kantor, The Edge of Falling by Rebecca Serle, Gossip Girl by Cecily Von Ziegesar

Exclusive Bonus Content: I have to say before I read and loved  the book I found the cover to be completely enchanting (that is totally how I pictured Corrinne!). Props to Alison Klapthor for the excellent cover design and Mark Tucker for the cover photograph.

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