Where the Heart Is

Where the Heart Is

by Billie Letts
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Overview

Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts

Abandoned by her boyfriend at a Wal-Mart in Oklahoma, Novalee Nation, 17 years old and seven months pregnant, soon discovers the treasures hiding in this small Southwest town.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780446603652
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 07/28/2004
Series: Oprah's Book Club Series
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.25(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 18 Years

About the Author

Billie Letts was the New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Where the Heart Is, The Honk and Holler Opening Soon, Shoot the Moon, and Made in the U.S.A. A native Oklahoman, she died in 2014.

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Where the Heart Is 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 602 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A story about a young minded 17 year-old girl who was dumped off in a Wal-Mart parking lot, who had only $7.77 to her name? Her boyfriend leaves her in a Wal-mart parking lot. Novalee thinks her life is at its worst before she realizes that this mistake will only lead her on her way. While living in Wal-mart, she meets some interesting people whom later on lead her to the woman she's meant to be and through to her life calling.
I really enjoyed this book. Where the Heart is helps you to realize who you are. This book helped me realize that, your heart is what gets you to where you want to be. It shows you that heart can get you through anything, and that love is the strongest weapon life could hand to you.
There were very few parts in the book that I didn't like. I mainly didn't like the sad parts of the book. While reading Where the Heart is, you feel connected to the characters, and when something happens to one of them, you can't help to feel their pain.
Girls would probably enjoy this book more than guys, but they can also read it. If you're looking for a book to help you find yourself and change your views on life, I would suggest to you, Where the Heart is.
This is a good read that had me interested throughout.
kbaby207 More than 1 year ago
I watched the Where the Heart Is movie, and I absolutely fell in love with it. I wasn't a reader when the movie came out, and I didn't know that it was based on a book, but when I found out it was I made my aunt take me to Barnes & Noble to find the book. I read this book and I was so surprised to find characters in it that were no where to be found in the movie. The characters and story..and Wal-Mart :) made me love this book & movie and now 9 years later, both versions are still my favorites. I recommend this book to everyone...it may become your favorite as well.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I borrowed this book from a friend so I'd have enough to read while on vacation in the Bahamas. As soon as I picked this book up I could not put it down and read it in 24 hours. I did not realize it was on Oprah's book list. It was funny, dramatic, tearful...the whole nine yards. The main character was very well developed as well as the other characters. I was sad when I finished it only because I wanted the story to go on and on!!! I will purchase this again to put in my library; I'm sure I'll read it again. Plus, I'm going to send it to my 16 year old granddaughter who loves to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this not long after getting back on my feet after an abusive relationship. Letts starts off with pregnant Novalee, a loving, beautiful girl with no real smarts except street smarts. She's lived her whole life in houses that have 'wheels under them', and she has been tossed from one foster family to the next. Novalee has also made bad choices on her own accord, and Willy Jack, her current boyfriend is an obvious really bad choice on introduction. The two of them set out west where Novalee looks forward to living in a house on the water. Then, thank God, he abandon's her in the parking lot of a WalMart with less than I had when I walked into the shelter! But with the birth of her baby Americus Nation, Novalee seems to will her life to transform. She accepts love from stranger who become family and friends, and she takes huge risks. There is a bit of Noavalle Nation in every one of us who has pulled it together when things were really rough. This book is a part of my soul.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so amazing that I read once a year! I suggest this to all of my friends amd family. I could feel like I was there on the situations! So awesome book! You NEED to get it!!!!!!! :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Th e books alwaya better
CrazyDuckGirl More than 1 year ago
Have you ever had an unlucky number? Well, Novalee Nation has one and it's 7. She's 17, 7 months pregnant, and left in a Wal-Mart in OK by her rotten boyfriend with $7.77 in change. Talk about unlucky! While living in Wal-Mart, she meets many people, like Sister Husband, who takes care of Novalee when she doesn't have a place to stay. She also meets Moses Whitecotton, a photographer who works for the Wal-Mart. The final person she meets at the Wal-Mart is Benny Goodluck, the son of the local greenhouse and garden owner. Benny gives Novalee a buckeye tree for good luck, and it becomes very sick. So, Novalee goes to the library, hoping to find a book on buckeye trees, and she meets Forney Hull, the librarian who dropped out of college to take care of his alcoholic sister. Forney come to the rescue when Novalee has to have her daughter, Americus, in the Wal-Mart. At the hospital, she befriends Lexie, a nurse who named her 4 kids after snack foods. Where the Heart is is a great story on family, friends, lost love and new adventures.
Carrie Wilson More than 1 year ago
I love it i watched the movie alot 2
Christa DeLashmutt More than 1 year ago
just when you thought your life was rough you soon realize that you may not actually have it so bad. this book takes you on a journey that gives you a sense of enpowerment leading you along side novalee as she battles the birth of her daughter in walmart to the love she learns to accept and friendship which she learns to cherish. this is a beautifully written book you will not be able to put it down once you start.
Erin Elizabeth Rodrigues More than 1 year ago
Hollywood made a movie about this book and as always, the book is so much better. Definitely a thumbs up read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a Junior at Holt High School & i read the book Where the Heart Is. This is one of the best books i have read, I would read this book again it was that good. I got the book from the school library & it was recremonded to me by a friend for a class project. I thought it was going to be one of those ooks that would be easy simple & i don't have to pay much attention to but I couldn't stop reading after i began. Where the Heart Is is about a teenage girl that is pregnet & her boyfriend leaves her in a Wal-mart in some strange town. She ends up living in the Wal-mart until she has the baby. This book has so many shocking moments that you can't help but be intresred. I would recremond this book to all it is that good.You cannot help but be intrested in the story.
Panage2000 More than 1 year ago
Downloaded this book into my nook and read it all the way through the first day. I had seen the movie but it didn't come close to capturing the essence of the characters. In the movie they mesh together or just plain leave out some of the important people that are very pivotal to the plot. Although the movie itself did stay true to a lot of the book, there are some instances the movie completely left out or changed dramatically to give it the Hollywood touch. I guess it is true when they say the book is always better than the movie. A must read for everyone.
Zelda More than 1 year ago
This is my all time favorite book and have recommended to everyone that has every asked for a great read. This author did an amazing job with characters and shows every emotion one could possible feel. The movie did this book no justice at all (still a good watch though). You can really feel what the characters are going through and you see several different viewpoints.
mjbond More than 1 year ago
I can't believe that I waited so long to read this book. It is one of my favorites. I loved the characters and the story. All of the characters had something to offer and experiences to learn from. There are some sad parts in the book, but that's what makes it so special. I was able to connect with the characters and I cried when bad things happened to them. I felt so good about the world after I read this book. It's nice to know that the characters were based on real people, and that there are some generous people still out there.
Charlotte_Isabella More than 1 year ago
This book is an easy read...and definitely a way to get your mind off of things. This story is about Novalee Nation, a 17 year-old fledgeling, who is pregnant. She is escaping her town in Tennessee for a life in California with her boyfriend, Willy Jack Pickens. He abandons her at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma where Novalee makes a home, and a bunch of colorful characters ensue. I highly recommend this read. It picks you up when you are down, and one may actually regain faith in humanity.
Nilka More than 1 year ago
I would never have thought to read this book if it wasn't recommended to me by my teacher. I was intrigued from the first page till the last, not bored for a second about the journey Novalee (the main character) went through. I would highly suggest this book if looking for an ispirational, riveting story that always has an unexpected twist, gluing you to the next page. The author's originality in her writing gives your imagination a more vivid picture of the story and shows it in a breathtaking way. This book undeniably deserves five stars for its little bit of everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where the Heart Is, by Billie Letts is honestly one of the most amazing books I¿ve ever read. I thought that the plot was interesting and surprising, and by the end of the book I had a new perspective on young girls that get pregnant. The main character, Novalee Nation makes you feel like you are a part of the book. She is the kind of person that I wish I knew in real life. Through all that she¿s been through, 'and throughout the story, this is a lot' she keeps a smile on her face and hope in her heart. The other great thing about Where the Heart Is is that not only is Novalee Nation an excellent character, but all of the other ones and just as good. They all have distinct personalities and there is something to love about each one. I recommend this book to anyone that wants a book that they won¿t be able to put down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story touches my heart in so many different ways. It is almost exactly like the movie you are glued there until it is over. You feel pity that her boyfriend left her but glad that she got away from him and made true friends. You always are wondering what is going on with Forney. But you will have to read it to find out! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
So I read this book in about two days. It was a really good book in my opinion. I thought it was very soft and fluffy and it could possibly hit home for some people. This book was a great example of what goes on in our country and what kind of people there are. I would have to say the best thing about this book is that there's not a specific group of people its targeted for its just one of those books that anyone of any age would enjoy. I would recommend reading this book and finding out for yourself.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book! The book is about 17 year old Novalee Nation who is pregnant. She gets left by her boyfriend Walley at a wal-mart in seghony oklahoma. She meets a few friends-Sister husband, Mr. Sprock, Moses, Forney Hull(the librarian)and lexi Coop. My favorite part is when Novalee gives birth to her daughter Americaus. The book teaches about friendship, love, and that if things get bad, they can get better. I recommend this book to anyone either young or old. Five stars to a wonderful book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read so many books that often I'll buy one I've already read, forgetting I read it (becasue it was unforgettable). This was a sweet, little story -- easy to read and not terribly deep, but it stuck with me after all these years of reading it. I even still remember all the character's names.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first saw this movie when it was out in the theaters and I only saw the movie because the movie I wanted to see was filled. I was so glad that I saw the movie because I loved it so much. I went to the bookstore right after and bought the book and read it in 3 days. The book is 100 times better than the movie, like most book to movie titles are. This has become my favorite book of all time and I have read it 3 times total.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this was a great book. The story was very captivating and it got my attention right away. The character lives and storys were very real. I think this would be a great book for all.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Where the Heart Is is a heart warming story of a young girl named Novalee. In this book you see what she has gone through in her life.This book has many turns and twists. I would definetely advise people to read the book before watching the movie.Since the movie is so much like the book, it can ruin the book if you watch it first!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a great book. I love the different characters and the fact that the author didn't spend too much time on any one thing. This one has become one of my favorites.