Thursday, January 27, 2011

Blog Tour & Review: Where I Belong by Gwendolyn Heasley


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....

In this sparkling debut that flawlessly balances romance and humor, readers will grow to love sharp and sassy Corrinne as she goes on her totally reluctant but completely irresistible journey of self-discovery.

  • Pub. Date: February 2011
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
The Elliott Review:

This book is a fun read. The main reason for this is that the main character's personality is funny and very engaging. Corrinne is skillfully depicted as a stuck up, self-absorbed city girl gone country. Since I had to move to Texas during high school, some of her comments and/or thoughts cracked me up. Almost every line of this had something that made me smile. Most of the things that annoy her were things that annoyed me even though I moved from small town Maryland to big city Texas. Texas is just Texas.

The character development over the course of the book was well-done as well. Though the reader can predict that Corrinne will have a change of heart, this change of heart comes about in a natural way that makes sense. And the wiser, nicer Corrinne at the end of the book is not a completely different person - she still has her quirks and attitude, but she appreciates the simple things and people rather than the riches she had been accustomed to.

Throughout the story, Corrinne's voice stays real and keeps you reading. This is a must-read, especially for those who love or hate Texas (or anyone in between).

Source: Thanks to The Teen {Book} Scene for hosting this tour. View the rest of Where I Belong's tour stops here.



  1. I love to hear there are well written characters that develop through the story.

    Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

  2. Your review has got me looking forward to reading this even more! I'm excited about the setting. I'm from small town Oklahoma, so I know I'll be able to relate to it. I also love the quote "Texas is just Texas." Try telling the Texans that!

  3. I preordered this book! Can't wait to read it! I always love books where the main character has a sense of humor! :)