I finally finished the next YA…

Feb 15

I know, I know. It’s been forever. And a day! There’s been a lot going on, but I’ll spare you the details. (It’s been so long I don’t remember how I do these. I could go back and reread old entries, but that would spoil the fun now wouldn’t it?)

I picked up Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley because it was a recommendation from Bethany Mota and the author went to Mizzou. Turns out the plot moves slowly, but the language is witty and funny so it makes up for the little action. The story is simple: rich girl is living a charmed life until her parents send her away from her New York City life to a middle-of-nowhere place in Texas where she’s originally from due to a recession. As I’m reading I know parts of it will be so predictable it gets boring, but there’s something about Corrinne, our heroine, that keeps me turning the pages.

Corrinne is spoiled, yes, so much it’s beyond most girls’ comprehension, and childish as to be expected, but the whole time I wanted her to adapt to life in Texas and grow into a young lady who respects her elders. She accomplishes this in the end as predicted, of course, but what I didn’t expect is how bold and free she is. She’s not afraid to be herself the whole time, despite how out of place she felt. I always admire that quality in a person, especially in girls.

Things predictable:

-Tripp, Corrinne’s younger brother, writes an essay all about how she’s his hero

-Corrinne falls for a guy who turns out to be a jerk only using her to get ahead in his music career and she ends up with the guy who crushes on her, but she doesn’t like back at first

-Corrinne hates Texas at first, but ends up not wanting to leave by the end of the book

-Corrinne gets into a fight with her old best friend Waverly because she’s changed so much after moving, but they make up