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Where We Belong MP3 CD – Unabridged, July 21, 2015
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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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About the Author
- Publisher : Audible Studios on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (July 21, 2015)
- Language : English
- ISBN-10 : 1491590122
- ISBN-13 : 978-1491590126
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 5.5 x 0.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,471,825 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You know how when you finish a book you really liked, you don't want to stop reading so you keep going until you read every last page? Well, that's what I did and was shocked to find it classified as a novel for young adults. Not that it's improperly classified, but I'm old and what am I doing reading children's books? Entering my second adolescence? I know some old people that have done that.
I don't care who you are, I recommend this novel to you.
Hyde has a great ability to make you fall in love with her characters. Angie is no exception. Angie tells her side of the story with grace and maturity, and I couldn't put the book down. I've read most of Hyde's books and enjoyed them all, but this one is easily my favorite and I finished it in just a couple days. I highly recommend it!
While living with an old aunt due to their becoming homeless, her little sister met the next door neighbors Great Dane through the fence. Rigby wss the only calming force in her life. Her autism was an extreme case. Since she could not verbalize she would scream for long periods of time. Once she discovered the dog, her life changed. Rigby wss the only one who kept her calm.
What no one knew was the difference that Rigby and her owner would make in their lives.
As usual ANOTHER MUST READ from MS. Hyde
When he leaves to get cigarettes, he will never return. His body is found…murdered.
Years later, we enter Angie’s life again, and she and her mother, with preschool sister Sophie, have just been evicted from another in a series of homes. On the verge of homelessness, they move in with Aunt Vi, who is not that happy to have them there. A sense of “waiting for the other shoe to drop” follows their every move. For Sophie has special needs—on the autism spectrum—and one of her unfortunate behaviors is shrieking endlessly until the neighbors call the cops, leading to yet another eviction.
One of the things we learn early on is that Angie is primarily the one in charge of making the plans, deciding how to handle Sophie, and finding their next move. She is only fourteen at this time, and suffering from the extra burden. But she doesn’t come across as resentful…just tired and sad and overly troubled about their future.
Then a reprieve comes their way. Next door is an older man, Paul, whose Great Dane Rigby has a powerful effect on Sophie. She watches him through the fence, he sits down near her, and they seem to connect. When she is near Rigby, Sophie is calm. There are actual hours in the day when she does not shriek.
But then everything changes. Paul is moving to the mountains…and Rigby will be gone. How will they cope?
Strangely enough, Angie’s mother takes charge of this one, and follows Paul up to his mountain home and stays nearby, waiting for the chance to reconnect with Rigby.
How does Angie manage to negotiate a new arrangement with Paul? What has brought the teenage girl and the remote man, who has always wanted his privacy, into a friendship? What will happen when life’s circumstances change again?
Where We Belong is the kind of book I savor. The pace was calm, with the only suspense coming from wondering what Angie will do next to make their lives better. I really rooted for Angie, and while I felt sorry for Sophie, I often wondered if the mother’s inability to be firm and in charge contributed to the problems. I know that I did not like the mother and felt exasperated with her behavior and her inability to be “the mother.” I thought it was interesting that we never find out her name…and there was also a sense of a long-held secret about her husband’s murder.
A book I recommend to all who enjoy the author…and stories about dysfunctional families. In the end, I felt really good about how things were turning out. 4.0 stars.
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The author ability to write about a girl with autism, without putting words in her mouth; is unique.
The story follows a little girl whose behaviour is unfathomable until she sees Rigby, a dog she has an instant connection to; her sister Angie, and her mum.
Rigbys owner Paul, does not want people, complications or friends.
This book made me love the uniqueness of each friendship, and how that developed. The writing is beautiful and heartsearingly honest. An absolute joy to read.
This story features a young woman - 15 year old Angie. She is moved from Pillar to post with her mother and her autistic sister Sophie because Sophie does not stop shrieking, causing endless complaints and upheaval. At one of many rental properties, Sophie makes an unlikely connection with the neighbours Dog. Which basically starts this story off - and changes everyones lives.
First of all, I adored Angie. A genuine angel of a girl - I just wanted to give her a big cuddle. The mother in this story? She was awful. A terrible, terrible mother forcing Angie to grow up and look after the family where the mother is too immature <- Harsh, but a personal opinion. It pained me to see Angie having to financially AND emotionally support this little family 99% of the time.
I loved the dog, Rigby. My eyes were leaking halfway through this story. A fantastic book.
Sensitive handling of gender issues . Great understanding of Autism