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on August 20, 2014
arrived on time and was a great book!
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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon April 12, 2014
This is my first book by this author. I picked this book because I had seen a few clips of the movie that was made from it and because it was listed on the Oprah's Book Club. So, I was curious about the story and I expected a great book since it was endorsed by Oprah. Well...I've got mixed feelings about it. It starts very well and the premise of the story is very intriguing. It's about a young homeless pregnant 17-year old girl (Novalee) who finds herself in trouble and decide to hide in a Wal-Mart until she figures out what to do. She ends up delivering her baby in the Wal-Mart and, thanks to the help of wonderful strangers, makes a new life for herself in a small town in Oklahoma. So, as I said, it starts well and it hooks you but, to my sadness, it kind of fizzles after a while. As the years go by, the author seems to run out of imagination and sticks to mentionning, without much development, events that happen to Novalee and those she loves. While the ending seems nice, the author kind of leaves us hanging as to how Novalee's life turns out. So, a good start but a superficial treatment makes for an unsatisfying novel. I give it 3 out 5 stars (good, but barely).
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on August 31, 2012
I normally start fictional books and just stop...Book of Negros, The Kite Runner, Water for Elephants. This book was different. I honestly loved every single minute and was so upset when it was finished. Highly recommended!
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on June 8, 2010
If you are looking for something entertaining, this is it. The book takes you on a journey with characters you want to meet. Novalee starts off being a follower and ends up being a doer. Inspiring, you won't want to put it down.
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on November 14, 2009
Very easy read. It is a one day type of book. Very inspiring story, full of good humor and reality. The characters seem real, and gives you hope that the world is not all that bad. Its a very entertaining read.
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I read this quite some time ago, a few years before it became an Oprah book. I found it charming and sweet then, and have enjoyed re-reading it several times over the years. It reminds you that there are still good people out there.
I enjoyed the movie with Natalie Portman as well.
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on October 14, 2007
A girl who finds herself pregnant and abandoned in a Wal-Mart, in the novel Where The Heart Is. At the age of seventeen, Novalee is left to survive on her own with just $7.77 when her boyfriend, Willy Jack Pickens, abandons her at a Wal-Mart in the small town of Sequoyah, Oklahoma. Throughout Novalee's stay at the Wal-Mart Letts develops a variety of unique and considerate people with whom Novalee has encounters. Letts shows how Novalee learns many lessons from all of the people who she meets, and that learning is a life-long journey.

Letts introduces Novalee to many people who have a significant impact on her life, from the Bible pushing Sister Thelma Husband to the elderly photographer Moses Whitecotton. Where The Heart Is allows teenagers to see how life can be if they do not make the right decisions. Letts created a situation and confronts problems to which most teenagers can relate in this novel. Such as the awkward , and most times uncomfortable topic as the consequences of sex. Through Letts' realistic style of writing the reader feels as if they are taking each step that Novalee takes right beside her. Letts develops a plot that moves along at a perfect pace. The plot development is not so fast that you can not comprehend what is going on, but it always leaves you on the edge of your seat wanting to know what will happen next. In addition, Letts always has other characters in the novel facing problems which help to keep the reader interested. At the end of the novel I had only two negative criticisms. The first was that I found it unrealistic that Novalee could have lived in a Wal-Mart without ever being caught.

The other was that I was not necessarily interested in the life of Willy Jack Pickens, after he abandoned Novalee. However, these two aspects of the book are easily overlooked because the reader quickly becomes wrapped up in the problems that Letts presents Novalee and the other characters with. I would recommend Where The Heart Is to all teenagers, both boys and girls. The novel teaches many lessons of the heart, and would be beneficial for any teenager to read. Where The Heart Is teaches the reader how tender and delicate a person's heart is, as well as how powerful the words "I love you," are. With each new character introduced in the novel something new is learned. Such as how love is a powerful thing, and should never be determined by the financial status of a person. Forney's love for Novalee and her daughter, Americus, demonstrated this life lesson clearly. Overall, Letts compassionately told the story of the young and innocent Novalee, who she seems to hold sympathy for. I would recommend Where The Heart Is by Billie Letts to anyone who wants to read a heart-warming novel, that is very hard to put down.
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on March 21, 2007
I read this book while expecting my second child...perhaps that is why it touched me so deeply. I felt a connection as I read. Just thinking about it brings up very strong emotion.

This is a book I recomend but never lend for fear I won't get it back.

It's a book that gives hope.
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on June 12, 2006
This is a wonderful novel that will make you feel good after reading it. The characters are very likable and the overall tone is tender and warm. Although a bit predictable, Where the Heart Is will not disappoint.
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on June 26, 2004
Who'd have thought this book could turn out a happy story!? It is about a pregnant, penniless 17 yr. old orphan, abandoned by her ne're do well boyfriend at a Walmart.
You'll never regret reading this book. It's simple, down to earth style is one that everyone can relate to and enjoy. The storyline is gripping and you're left rooting for the heroine every inch of the way.
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