Where We Belong

I loved this book, and I request a movie please. It would be best on Lifetime Movie Channel, thank you. Emily Giffin is one of my favorite authors since I read Something Borrowed, and related to it 80% of the time. I loved it, and this book sure didn't differ.

This book moved me to tears, it is a touching story about a teenage girl looking for her birth mom. She always new she was adopted, but lately she just feels different from the rest of her family and wants to know if that has anything to do with her real parents. Why they gave her up, who were they, are they alive? All these questions are running through her mind and she wants answers. So she sets off to New York to find her mom. And the adventure begins. We are taken from St. Louis to New York, Chicago and back to St. Louis following Kirby and her story to find out which family she belongs to.

It has happy moments, sad moments, moments that made me cry and not so great moments too. Not all books are perfect, and this one is no exception, but overall  the story was great and I really enjoyed it. I did read it very quickly though, it was part of my boutofbooks read-a-thon, so it only took me a day and a half to read it. So maybe I didn't spend enough time with it to slowly dissect it and get to know the characters a little more. But either way it is a quick and easy read. Something for the beach or a rainy day.  Although I really couldn't relate to any of the characters in this book, I was able to picture them in my mind, and feel what they felt. Giffin does a great job describing the scene and the people, we get just enough detail to know the overall idea, but not enough that we can't imagine the rest for ourselves and what we think it is like. I had the freedom to make the story my own.  I'm not adopted nor did I ever give a baby up for adoption, so I have no clue what that feels like, but I do have a baby, and I can't imagine giving her up, no matter what difficulties arise. I don't know how people do it, and reading about Mirian handing over her baby was heartbreaking.

I wish we got to know the rest of Kirby's adoptive family a little more, so we get a sense of what kind of parents she has, because we only see her side, and a rebellious teenager that she is, she doesn't go into detail about her parents, to teenagers all parents are horrible. And her real dad, we get to know hims little, but I didn't feel like it was enough, I wanted a little more emotion from him, maybe a few chapters from his perspective, and how he was dealing with this whole "I have a kid I didn't know I had" thing.

Overall this book was great, quick and to the point, that is what I like about Emily Giffin's books. It is about real people and real life events that happen all over the world every day. No it is not based on a true story, but it has a sense of reality. Yes it has a Lifetime movie feel to it, and I love Lifetime, so sue me. If you like chick lit, than please pick this up right now. It's a great book. Can't wait to read the newest The One and Only.