Thursday, October 4, 2012

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin [Review]

Where We Belong4 out of 5 Robots!

Where We Belong by Emily Giffin
Genre: Contemporary Adult Fiction
Release: July 24, 2012
Hardcover: 372 Pages
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
My Copy: Purchased
Reviewer: Shannon
Buy the Book: Amazon

Book Summary:
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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Shannon's Thoughts:
I’ve been a fan of Emily Giffin’s works since reading Something Borrowed.  All of her works have been fun, light reads.  Dealing with serious enough situations without being bogged down by it. Where We Belong is no exception, dealing with adoption, secrets, and lies.  But Giffin has a wonderful ability to make you sympathetic to her imperfect characters.  There were some parts I found a little strange, such as how accepting Marion is to meeting Kirby and being a part of her life. Or that Giffin paints Kirby’s adoptive parents, especially her mom, in a somewhat negative light. Giffin also opens a few doors, but leaves the ending wide open and somewhat unfinished.  But, Where We Belong is entertaining enough that I overlooked these things and just enjoyed the story for what it was:  Kirby discovering who she is, Marion confronting her past and righting her wrongs, and both families accepting the new additions. Fan of Giffin’s past works probably won’t find this her best work, but it is definitely a worthy addition to the canon. It is a quick, fun and heartwarming read.


  1. Love Emily Griffin. I'm looking forward to reading this book.

  2. I absolutely love Emily Giffin. Her stories are amazing, and so heartwarming. I'm glad to hear this one was just as good as her others. Can't wait to read this!



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