Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Belong to Me

Belong to Me: A Novel Belong to Me: A Novel by Marisa de los Santos

rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book picks up a couple of years after Love Walked In left off.  I can't give much in the way of a plot synopsis without ruining Love Walked In.  But, there's Cornelia in the suburbs, a "perfect" neighbor named Piper (who is the society queen bee), and an extraordinarily bright 13-year old named Dev.  The Cornelia chapters are in first person, and the Piper and Dev chapters are in third person.  As can be expected, their stories collide in dramatic, intense and heartbreaking ways.

Belong to Me is a lot more involved than Maria de los Santos' first novel. It's a book about secrets and lies, and letting go and trusting, and loyalty and forgiveness.  I wasn't quite expecting that, but you definitely bite off quite a bit when you pick this book up.  I struggled a little through the Dev chapters and the serious drama in this book was a little overdone for me. 

I liked it, but I just liked Love Walked In more.

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Anonymous said...

I guess I should start with Love Walked In. I do love the cover of Belong To Me, though.

Anonymous said...

I really loved Belong to Me...but I didn't even know Love Walked In was the first in this series...BTM really stood on it's own. I'll have to read LWI and see what I think.
As for Edgar Sawtelle (my review) I hate discouraging someone from reading a book - especially one that popular. But I really just would not recommend it. I think you're smart to sit it out. ;)

Booklogged said...

Such a cute cover, though. Isn't it odd how this book came out with boots and then there was a whole avalanche of books with similar covers (boots, shoes, etc) hit the market.