Where We Belong by Emily Giffin

12987977After a couple of misses, I was quite happy to dive into a book by an author I’ve come to rely on for a layered story with complex characters that’s still a quick read.

Where We Belong is the story of a woman (Marian) who gave up a baby (Kirby) for adoption eighteen years ago and what happens when Kirby shows up to find Marian. Marian has the perfect job, perfect apartment and the perfect boyfriend, who maybe doesn’t want to marry her, if she even wants that. So maybe it’s not all that perfect. Kirby is struggling to fit in with her adoptive family, trying to figure out what she’s going to do after high school. And even though she told her parents she totally doesn’t care, maybe she wants to know where she came from and why they gave her up.

The book is based in St. Louis (though Marian lives in Manhattan because of course, she does), which was a nice change of pace from the big city plots I’m used to. Marian and Kirby are very well-drawn and it’s easy to tell their chapters apart. The ending was actually very believable and well-paced. I’ll definitely on the lookout for the next Giffin adventure.

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Baby Proof by Emily Giffin

42149Off to a slow start this year, but with a couple of health crises last week, I guess that’s to be expected.

Also, probably because this book wasn’t as engaging as I wanted it to be. It just didn’t seem to be about anything. I had several ideas as I read along about what might happen to the main character – to push her out of her bubble. But instead it seems to flounder along and the things happening to the characters around her are actually more interesting, but we only get to hear about them from our heroine’s perspective.

This was definitely my least favorite Giffin novel, which is sad because I was so sure it would be my favorite. As someone else who doesn’t get the need to have children or what a lot of women become once they have them, I was glad to see this point-of-view expressed in a non-militant way. However, the pay off just wasn’t there and that was disappointing.

Love the One You’re With by Emily Giffin

2120652I think we all have that one guy who made us lose control, lose ourselves and shrug it off like it was our fault it didn’t go the distance. That said, I really didn’t get drawn into this book. Some things I could relate to (like the conversation about their break up in the diner – especially when he said he didn’t leave her), but for the most part it was all foreign. Maybe it was too “New York” or the unrelatable career (I mean, I get photography as a career, but it wasn’t described well) – I just didn’t get it. The main character seemed to get caught up in the wrong things and stay shut up at the wrong moments. The ending came out of nowhere and just seemed tacked on because the book needs to end well. Hoping the last book I have by her lives up to the first one I read.

As you can see, I now need about five books in five days, which shouldn’t be too hard with only working three days next week. It’s definitely not the way I thought this would go, but I am determined to finish!

Something Blue by Emily Giffin

870393I spent the first 200 pages of this book, simply hating the main character. You figure that she would come off badly in the first book since she was engaged to the guy the main character from that book was in love with. But Darcy is SO self-unaware for most of this book that it’s laughable and rather painful. I found myself hoping that we’d get an update on Rachel and Dex instead of more blithering about how Darcy had been wronged and how she’s better than everyone else.

The last third of the book is actually enjoyable, if predictable. Some things seem to happen a little too easily, but it’s a book, so I’ll forgive. I’ve got two more by this author on deck and I’m looking forward to them.

Girls’ Night Out

171347I picked this one up at the Arlington County Fair a few weeks ago to support their public library. You know how I’m a sucker for libraries.

It was a solid collection of short stories, better than I remember its predecessor being. There were only one or two stories that I skipped or just didn’t finished. Many more that I wished had been continue, if not into full novels, at least taken a bit further. I was shocked to discover that that one of the stories was by a woman who used to do the Gilmore Girls recaps on TWOP. I guess I should have put that together, but I never really paid that much attention.

It also got me thinking about a few short stories I have sitting on the hard drive. Perhaps I’ll get the writing bug again this fall.