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Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

Where We Belong (edition 2012)

by Emily Giffin

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Title:Where We Belong
Authors:Emily Giffin
Info:St. Martin's Press (2012), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 384 pages
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***3.5 Stars***

This isn't my favorite of Giffin's work, but it also isn't my least favorite. (That honor belongs to Heart of the Matter.) I like the basic idea of this story and even liked the alternating viewpoints. What I didn't like is related to the characters themselves. I didn't particularly like Marian or Kirby. That wouldn't have been so bad if some of the supporting characters were developed a tad more. The potential to like some of the other people in their lives was there but I can't say whether or not I truly liked them because they seemed so flat to me. I will say though that I was thrilled to see a cameo by Claudia from Baby Proof! I LOVE when authors manage to weave in and connect their other works.

Overall, it was a little hard for me to get through this book, but it's not the worst. ( )
  Emma_Manolis | Jun 27, 2017 |
It was an ok read. Predictable, but good mindless entertainment. ( )
  bravewoman | Feb 3, 2017 |
I liked it. It just didn't grab me. Not much emotion in this one.

Second time was the charm. I read this book the first time and thought it was boring. I don't know what was different about this time, but clearly SOMETHING was. The words she wrote were the same, but this time I felt what was going on in my gut.

It was so real. It's so tempting to expect an adoption story to end with everyone one big happy family or the complete opposite--everyone coming away from the meeting with nothing in common and no desire to be part of each others' lives.

I think I read one of the earlier reviews as saying that the book provided a negative look at adoption. I didn't see it that way at all. Kirby got what she needed, and Marian and Conrad as the adults figured out their lives the best way they could. However, I do wish Marian had been honest with Conrad at the beginning. ( )
  gentlespirit512 | Nov 22, 2016 |
A decent storyline with characters that wanted to come alive but, just slightly fell short. Marian is confronted with a secret that she has had since she was 18. When the secret is out in the open, her life changes. I did like how the book was laid out and told from different characters viewpoints. ( )
  sunnydrk | Sep 8, 2016 |
This book hits home. I absolutely love the storyline. The story of adoption and finding her mother is just like me!
  Carleyxo | Jul 30, 2016 |
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The author of five blockbuster novels, Emily Giffin, delivers an unforgettable story of two women, the families that make them who they are, and the longing, loyalty and love that binds them together
Marian Caldwell is a thirty-six year old television producer, living her dream in New York City. With a fulfilling career and satisfying relationship, she has convinced everyone, including herself, that her life is just as she wants it to be. But one night, Marian answers a knock on the door . . . only to find Kirby Rose, an eighteen-year-old girl with a key to a past that Marian thought she had sealed off forever. From the moment Kirby appears on her doorstep, Marian’s perfectly constructed world—and her very identity—will be shaken to its core, resurrecting ghosts and memories of a passionate young love affair that threaten everything that has come to define her.
For the precocious and determined Kirby, the encounter will spur a process of discovery that ushers her across the threshold of adulthood, forcing her to re-evaluate her family and future in a wise and bittersweet light. As the two women embark on a journey to find the one thing missing in their lives, each will come to recognize that where we belong is often where we least expect to find ourselves—a place that we may have willed ourselves to forget, but that the heart remembers forever.

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Her carefully constructed life thrown into turmoil by the appearance of an eighteen-year-old girl with ties to her past, New York television producer Marian Caldwell is swept up in a maelstrom of personal discovery that changes both of their perceptions about family.… (more)

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