One of My Top Ten Favs Jan 5, 2009
Where the Heart Is by Billie Letts. Is one of my all time favorite books. The book is about a girl named Novelee Nation who?s unlucky number is 7. In the beginning of the story she is seventeen years old, seven months pregnant and her boyfriend abandoned her at a Walmart with $7.77 in change. They were supposed to be heading to California but he leaves her in Sequoyah Oklahoma. Where she meets a group of deeply caring people.
To me Where the Heart Is, is the story of a girl who had nothing and had to start her life from scratch. What makes Novelee an even more relatable character to me is that she didn?t become some really big cliché movie star or something, She started off slow and accomplished her goal of being a photographer. Which relates to me personally on so many levels, I start things off slowly but I believe I?ll always do what I was meant to in the end.
The story also gave me hope that there are towns and places out there where the people are that great. Yes there are a couple of bad apples but each person has a neighbor that they can lean on for support or guidance. Another character/story that I can relate to is Forney Hull. He was a librarian in a small town that had a lot of potential to be someone great. But he put his goals and dreams on hold for his sister.
When I?m feeling low, and like I?ll never get anything accomplished in life, I pick up my copy of ?Where the Heart Is?. Even though the story and its characters are fiction they still have the way of making me feel that even when things go completely wrong you still have the power to turn your own life around for the better. Because ?When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade?.
I enjoyed the book much more than the movie, Hope everyone else does too!