Where We Belong Review

“Even if we no longer have much in common, we would have always had the past, which, in some ways, is just as important as the present or future. It is where we come from, what makes us who we are.”

– Emily Giffin


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.


Rating: 5 out of 5.

I would give this book a thousand starts if I could!! It is by far my favorite of Giffin’s novels! I could not put it down and finished it in just a few short days!

It hit so close to home on many subjects! From adoption to teen pregnancy, to trying to figure out where you belong in this world. It has the touch of romance I love, but also shows other relationships as well, especially that of adoption.

The book is very real and raw about the emotional roller coaster that comes with getting pregnant as a teen and then choosing adoptions for that child.

I was pregnant during my senior year of high school and adoption was an options that I very strongly considered. Although in the end I chose to keep my son.

I loved that the story switched between Marian and Kirby’s POV, however, at some points I would have loved to see Conrad’s POV as well. I also really enjoyed the flash backs that were given from when Marian and Conrad we’re together and when Kirby was conceived. I felt this really added to the feel and emotion of the story.

Overall, it was heart wrenching and Giffin did a great job, as usual, making the reader feel for the characters.

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