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Saturday, 6 September 2014

Where We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde

Where We BelongWhere We Belong by Catherine Ryan Hyde
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One word. Great! One name. Angie.
It never ceases to amaze me how Catherine Ryan Hyde can get to the very core of her characters.
Angie, the little girl with the grown up mind and decisions.
Angie. The little girl with the huge responsibilities.
Angie.
Truthful. Honest. Understanding beyond her years.
If anyone ever questions the way Angie is portrayed has never had an experience in life where you have to grow up fast.
Angie did. Her sister had special needs. Any disability or illness makes children grow up fast. I know first hand.
The friendship with her neighbour, the man who wanted to retire away from it all.
Right down to Sophie and the dog. This kept me reading for hours.
Catherine, you've done it again. Another awesome read that will stay with me.


Fourteen-year-old Angie and her mom are poised at the edge of homelessness... again. The problem is her little sister, Sophie. Sophie has an autism-like disorder, and a tendency to shriek. No matter where they live, home never seems to last long. 

Until they move in with Aunt Vi, across the fence from a huge black Great Dane who changes everything. Sophie falls in love immediately, and begins to imitate the "inside of the dog," which, fortunately, is a calm place. The shrieking stops. Everybody begins to breathe again. Until Paul Inverness, the dog's grumpy, socially isolated owner, moves to the mountains, and it all begins again. 

Much to Angie's humiliation, when they're thrown out of Aunt Vi's house, Angie's mom moves the family to the mountains after Paul and his dog. There, despite a fifty-year difference in their ages, Angie and Paul form a deep friendship, the only close friendship either has known. Angie is able to talk to him about growing up gay, and Paul trusts Angie with his greatest secret, his one dream. When the opportunity arrives, Angie decides to risk everything to help Paul's dream come true, even their friendship and her one chance at a real home--the only thing she's dreamed of since her father was killed. A place she can never be thrown out. A place she can feel she belongs. 

By the bestselling author of DON'T LET ME GO, WHEN I FOUND YOU, and WALK ME HOME, WHERE WE BELONG is a poignant, heartfelt, and uplifting story about finding your place in the world, no matter how impossible it seems.







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