Synopsis from Goodreads.com:
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.
Emily Giffin is my favourite author, so when she announced last year that she had a new book coming out in July, I was super excited! Believe it or not, I almost forgot that the book came out near the end of July since I was busy having a baby and all. Anyway – I digress! I bought this book for my Kobo and couldn’t wait to start reading it!
I loved this book and its main characters, Marian and Kirby. Marian, a thirty-something TV producer, and Kirby, an 18-year-old trying to figure out who she really is as she reaches the end of high school, are easy to love and grow attached to. I admired Marian’s story of secretly giving her daughter (Kirby) up for adoption without even telling the birth dad. I can’t imagine getting pregnant at the age of 18, let alone keeping it a secret and then giving the child up for adoption.
I also think that anyone who has been adopted can relate to Kirby’s character. Who wouldn’t want to know where they really came from, especially when you seem to have such a great difference of opinion from your adoptive family. I enjoyed reading Kirby’s journey in finding her birth mom, birth dad, and most importantly, herself.
I seriously could not stop reading this book, just like every other one of Giffin’s novels. There’s also going to be a “Where We Belong” movie made in the future, which I’m looking forward to, although I will admit, the movie version of Something Borrowed left me a little disappointed. But – who knows! It will be interesting to see who is cast as the main characters.
In the end, I gave Where We Belong 5 out of 5 stars. There was nothing I didn’t like about the book!
Have you read Where We Belong, or any of Giffin’s other novels? What did you think?