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Book Review: Emily Giffin’s “Where We Belong” with Exclusive Clip

I recently received an Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of Emily Giffin’s latest novel Where We Belong. Popular Atlanta-based chick lit author Emily Giffin has penned five blockbuster novels including Something Borrowed and Something Blue. Giffin’s Something Borrowed garnered enough success and attention that the novel was adapted to film last summer starring Kate Hudson, John Krasinski, and Ginnifer Goodwin.

Image Credit: Emily Giffen/Macmillan Publishers

Image Credit: Emily Giffen/Macmillan Publishers

Where We Belong is a novel that follows Marian Caldwell, a thirty-six-year-old television producer living in New York City. Though very successful, Marian is hiding a secret from her past. One night eighteen year old Kirby Rose appears on Marian’s doorstep, revealing herself as Marian’s long-lost daughter. Marian and Kirby forge a relationship in hopes of discovering each other and themselves.

Truth be told, I tend to dislike Emily Giffin’s books. She has a habit of constructing characters that are polarizing, irritably self-absorbed, and difficult to relate to or root for. While Marian and Kirby have their selfish moments in Where We Belong, overall the characters were endearing. I found myself sincerely pulling for Marian and Kirby and hoping for a happy ending. Though the plot is predictable and the characters lack a certain depth, the journey and satisfying conclusion make this an excellent summer read.

Can’t wait for Giffin’s new book? Listen to the first chapter of Where We Belong below, courtesy of Macmillan.

Emily Giffin’s Where We Belong hits bookstores on July 24 and is available in hardback, eBook, and audiobook format.

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