Emily Giffin's book ‘Where we belong’ received quite warm welcome from most of the readers. I was looking for something easy to read that requires minimum thinking effort. I wanted to just enjoy reading something ‘light’ and easy after surgery.
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.
Story was written from a perspective of Marian and Kirby. Later on reader can discover Marian’s past: her summer fling as well as relationship with her parents. In theory this works well. However due to the lack of depth and character development, I could not feel any connection to Marian. If anything she only annoys me. I could not see more to her than girl being squeezed into a very stereotypical box called ‘Money’. Sometimes I felt that if she could she would sell her own family if that would benefit her.
I have to admit that some of the parts I was scanning instead of reading, mainly because I was waiting for something significant to happen. You really do not have to think. Everything is going to be given to you from A to Z.
Kirby’s parts are not very dynamic. Despite this, I have enjoyed reading them. She is adorable with her nativity, stubbornness and vulnerability. I agree what some people can find her irritating but her character is a teenager. I did not expect a well mannered little lady.
If you intend to read this book text below might spoil the surprise. Don't say I did not warned you.
At the end Kirby finds where she really belongs... Surprise, surprise it is her adoptive family. Ok, no sarcasm here as I love happy endings.
Guess what Marian thinks about doing after she:
• · gave away her child for more comfortable life,
• · hid the fact that she is pregnant from baby’s father,
• · reappeared at his door step 18 years later, because she feels like ‘doing the right thing’… I smell bull(you know what) as doing 'the right' thing was one of the conditions her partner gave her before thinking of marriage. I seriously doubt that Marian would ever think of doing so without a prize, at this moment it was a ring later on she was being delusional about romance reappearing and a happy ending, waiting for her at the end.
So after all of the above, no ring, no guy, zero dignity at least in my eyes, Marian is like: ‘Since I am not sleeping with my boss, I have no ring on my finger other than the one I bought for myself, and they are going to cancel my show as it is quite dull. Hey how about selling people’s privacy and writing a book about it?’ This is what I disagree with the most. Marian did not learn a thing from this whole experience. She is just ‘knowledge proof’. I believe that if we take her and rhino, this beautiful animal will have way more grace and tact than she does. Did you know that Worlds Rhino Day is celebrated on 22 September. ?
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Book was quite entertaining and did not require thinking. Yes it could have more depth to it, be less predictable but sometimes is just lovely to have literature given on the plate. Also if you are learning English you should give this book a go. It is not going to overwhelm you with difficult words nor grammar structure.