Right Where I Belong

Right Where I Belong

by Krista McGee
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Right Where I Belong 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
sjziegler More than 1 year ago
The thing that I love most about this book is that it stays on target with the religious aspect and it does not drown you in talk about God. The descriptions of the high school student is dead on. The author maintained character personalities while putting them in high school age settings. I really reminded me of a group of friends in my own high school. They were my friends, but when it came to religion, I stayed in the fringe. I really like how the author uses the members of the church and school to envelop Natalia and Maureen when they needed help without having to be asked. In a world where everyone it out for their own butt, reading a story of pure kindness and goodness makes me long to be a member of the character's church and school. I was drawn in and unable to put the book down - the sign of a truly gifted author. This book is the third in a series that is not technically a series. The stories stand on their own; you do not have to read the first two to understand this book. However, it does follow the succession of dates in some character's back-stories. I have not read the first book (but with a donation you can help me purchase it) and have completely understood the second, and now third, books. So far, my favorite author for teen fiction! If you don't believe me, check it out for yourself! Until next time, take life one page at a time!
jbarr5 More than 1 year ago
Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee Natalia has left Spain with her new stepmother. Her father told her he found another woman who he loves. Natalia feels spiritually close to her stepmother, more than her bio mother so they leave to go back to where Maureen came from, Tampa, FL. Natalia has so much to get accustomed to: language, slang, accent. Maureen has arrived in FL with no husband, no money and now no luggage. What else can possibly go wrong. Natalia's father has agreed to let her go with Maureen for a few years so she can get an education and decide what career she wants. The story is also following Brian Younger, his father is a minister and he's in high school. His summer job will be gutting out the inside of the mansion. He and his father meet Maureen and Natalia. She is also excited when she learns she will go to a Catholic school. Lots of Spanish words that are explained in English language, I don't feel so lost.. Nat's new girlfriend Addy, wants to introduce her to boys and after-school clubs. She realizes that Nat puts Jesus in front of everything else but she needs to let others into her circle. English as a Second Language community service sounds perfect for her, they talk about God and passages in the Bible. She is studying how to make religion work and how it can blend into your life. She is being taught how to believe no matter if bad things or good things happen. She hopes to get the money she needs to go on the mission trip to Costa Rica. Love how all her new friends teach her not only of their customs, food but how to do/try new things at the beach. In this YA book issues such as jealousy and dances all come into play-young adult issues. Mission trip makes her realize what her calling in life is. When she meets with her father in NY he's got big plans for her in the company. What will she do with her life?
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book but I recommend you read "First Date" , "Staring Me", THEN, This book!
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Kellie4 More than 1 year ago
Right Where I Belong By Krista McGee Right Where I Belong, by Krista McGee is a fun young adult novel about following the plans God has set out for you. Natalia, a high school senior leaves her home country to go live with her ex step mother in the United States. Natalia decides early on that she is in the United States to be with Maureen, to get an education, especially bible class, to be away from her parents who insist that she should not throw away her life and education on a job that won't provide, and more than anything, to not date! Natalia meets some great friends who help her acclimate to her surroundings and help her as she is unable to help Maureen cope with her grief. These friends, are characters from other books by Krista McGee which I though was a fun, unique way to write the story. I really enjoyed reading this story as a simple love story and with the hidden gems about our Lord that are always encouraging to hear. I have enjoyed the other novels by Krista McGee and would recommend them, especially to young adults. Thank you Booksneeze for the opportunity.
CRGehringer More than 1 year ago
Right where I belong / by Krista McGee HS Grades 7-12 Rating: 4 Krista McGee presents another well-written contemporary young adult novel, loosely based on the biblical story of Ruth and Boaz. In [[ASIN:1401684904 Right Where I Belong]], teenaged Natalia moves to the United States with Maureen, an American who married Natalia’s dad while working in Madrid. Due to their closeness in age and shared faith, Maureen is more a friend than a stepmother. When her dad announces his divorce to Maureen, Natalia accompanies her back to America. Her dad supports the move because it will look good on her resume. Her parents want her to become a successful businesswoman. Natalia leaves behind her culture, her country, her best friend, but not her new faith. As she encounters challenges, Natalia is tempted to return to Spain. Maureen begins looking for a job while Natalia enrolls in high school. Maureen’s pastor and his son Brian help them get settled. Maureen struggles in her faith while trying to adjust to life as a divorced woman. Brian and Natalia become friends, even though wealthy Spencer tries to impress Natalia. Addy (from McGee’s [[ASIN:B009F7R2XM First Date]]) befriends Natalia, and Brian invites the girls on a mission trip to Costa Rica. Spencer, Natalia, Brian, and Addy go on the mission trip together, and it has a significant on all of them, especially Spencer. Teens will easily relate to Natalia and the other main characters. Natalia struggles with adapting to a new country, as well as learning more about the Christian life. Natalia has to balance what her parents want for her life and what she is discovering that God may want. As it becomes clear that her heart’s desire is to be a teacher, she has to deal with her parents’ expectations. Though there is an attraction between Natalia and Brian, they have a clean romance similar to McGee’s earlier books – the teens recognize their attraction but choose to move slowly in their relationship and let God lead them. Disclaimer: Book reviews are my opinion of books I either purchased or received free of cost from the publisher in exchange for a honest review.
deannad414 More than 1 year ago
This is a YA Christian story of a young lady struggling with finding her place in this world. Does she honor her parents plan for her future, or follow her heart and God’s plan for her? I loved the character Natalia. She is a perfect role model for teenage girls. For a teenager, I admired how mature she was, and how devoted she was to learning more about her faith and sticking to what she believes in. Brian, the pastor’s son, was also an interesting character. We get to see how he dealt with the struggle of just being friends with Natalie, although his heart wanted more. And then there’s Spencer, the arrogant rich boy, who just couldn’t get why Natalie wasn’t falling for him. I really didn’t care for him, but I really enjoyed how his character changed throughout the book. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It’s a great book about teenagers and some of the struggles they have to deal with on a daily basis. This is the third book in the series, but it could be read as a stand- alone. I’d recommend it to anyone over the age of 13. It was an easy, pleasant spiritual book. Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for review. All opinions are my own.
Dollycas More than 1 year ago
Natalia’s about to discover her place in the world . . . and it’s not following in her father’s footsteps. Natalia’s father is about to get divorced again. His business is his top priority and plans for her to take over his business. Her mother is more concerned with her career and doesn’t have much time for her daughter. Natalia has really bonded with her current stepmother. Maureen has introduced Natalia to Christ and Natalia wants to learn more. When Maureen tells Natalia she will be moving home to Florida after the divorce she is devastated. She needs Maureen and actually decides to move from Spain to Florida too. Her parents think living in the States would be wonderful for her college prospects so they put no obstacles in her way. It is not long before Natalia realizes Maureen needs her too. Together they embark on a journey following the paths set by a higher power. Dollycas’s Thoughts This was a beautiful story of a woman’s continuing journey with Christ and a young woman’s awakening in the awesomeness of the Lord. The behavior of her parents seriously marred her outlook on life. She never wanted to date or fall in love because she has a bird’s eye view of the heartbreak that occurs when someone falls out of love. Her father treated woman as things not humans with feelings. Moving away was just what she needed to open her eyes and her heart to the joy the world can provide. Perfect way for today’s teens, Right Where I Belong is loosely based on the Bible’s story of Ruth. Her stepmother brought her the Good News of Christ and Natalia is still learning about her faith. She does want to share her awakening with everyone. In Florida, she attends a Christian High School that is so different from her school in Spain. There were few Christians in Spain and they rarely discussed their faith. But the real adjustment was the language. Natalia spoke English well but she didn’t speak American teenage slang. It was a treat to learn the ways of American teens from the way they dress to the way the speak including the phases that roll so easily off our tongues but are truly confusing when words are dissected. The story is brilliantly written with rich, warm, real characters. It is a Christian novel but it doesn’t preach. It is a perfect book for teenagers and those of us who are young at heart. It was an amazing fast read and I recommend it highly. I found JOY within the pages of Right Where I Belong. and think you will too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I previously read Krista McGee's book "First Date" and enjoyed it thoroughly. The Florida setting, which was briefly featured in that book, and some of the characters appear in "Right Where I Belong," which shouldn't deter anyone unfamiliar with the previous work. Overall, though, I just couldn't get into the storyline. Natalia moves from Spain to Florida with her soon-to-be-ex-stepmother, Maureen, who originally is from there. Natalia's father never seems to be satisfied with the woman to whom he currently is married, which frustrated Natalia, plus her mother seems more interested in her life and work than her daughter's life. Additionally, Natalia is a Christian, thanks to Maureen, and Natalia's friends don't understand her commitment to the Lord, further convincing Natalia she should try building a new life in America. One thing I liked about the book was when Natalia can't understand the cliches and colloquialisms the American characters. It's amusing to realize how many of them we do use. One thing I didn't like was Natalia's internal dialogue. It just seems to stiff and unnatural for a teenager. Overall, the writing in this book is good, which I always consider a plus, and I believe some people will thoroughly enjoy it. I personally just couldn't get into it. Note: I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Thomas Nelson.
TingsMom More than 1 year ago
his book was a breath of fresh air! Although the story lines focuses on high school students, I found myself captivated with the story, the characters and all that surrounds this great book. Readers from teenagers and up would enjoy this story. It was an easy read that kept me wanting to read more. To watch the characters develop and their personalities intertwine was so exciting. I would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago