Where the Heart Is - Billie Letts | Book Review

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Pages: 376 paperback
Publication date: June 1st, 1998
Publisher: Grand Centre Publishing 
How I got the copy: Bought 
Rating:  5 out of 5


Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover hidden treasures in this small Southwest town--a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl living secretly in a Wal-Mart. From Bible-thumping blue-haired Sister Thelma Husband to eccentric librarian Forney Hull who loves Novalee more than she loves herself, they are about to take her--and you, too--on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey to . . . Where the Heart Is.


Honestly, I picked this book up because I've loved the movie for so many years now and I only discovered it was a book while I was browsing a secondhand bookstore a couple months back. I instantly picked up Where the Heart is just because of my love for the movie.

The story is for the most part is about the same, if you've watched the movie, with the exception of a couple of "scenes" left out of the movie. As well, I felt that the movie focused more around the romance aspect (like always in book to movie adaptations) than the book portrayed. In the book it focuses if not just as equal to the romance about her discovery of her passion, which is photography and the people who make that happen.

In the book, it expands and focuses on Novalee finding herself, since she's only seventeen and pregnant when we're introduced to her. Novalee finds her passion in photography with the help of a two characters that help Novalee explore her passion and give her a sense of family and friends. Novalee's mother never paid any interest in her daughter and she is left at a Walmart by her baby daddy while moving across the state to find "a better life".

There's so much in the book that Billy Letts covers, in the story we read through heartbreaks, discovering oneself, abandonment issues, family/friends relationship and everyday life struggles plus much more. 

I honestly love this book. I understand and caught that the writing isn't the best and mistakes/typos can be found but for me, it's just a great story and the meaning behind it is so much more!

I love this book and I love this movie. I recommend this to readers who like contemporary, romance, life issues and to people who've enjoyed watching the movie.


If you've never seen the movie before, here's the trailer:

Thanks for reading!

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