And one last thing, I thought "Americus" was a really stupid name for the baby. View all 5 comments. Oct 06, Hayley rated it it was amazing. I read this book in high school and it sparked an interest in reading that was pretty much non-existent until then. I also saw this movie, and although it was cute, I am much more connected to Letts's fabulous characters as they were described on paper. She has a true gift of making you connect with the people in her stories.
Their "real-ness" is something to be applauded. Feb 03, HeavyReader rated it did not like it Shelves: This book was pretty much a worthless piece of fluff. Anything this book does, any Barbara Kingsolver book will do about times better. This book is right on the border of dreadful. I must have gotten this book out of the trash. I hope I didn't pay even 20 cents for it at the Social Services League. I read it when I was on a trip. I read it in airports and o This book was pretty much a worthless piece of fluff.
I read it in airports and on airplanes and in hotel rooms. I left it behind in my hotel room when I checked out. I didn't want to put it in the trash can, but I sure as hell didn't want to tote it home. All it did for me was keep me from dwelling on the possibility of a plane crash. This is one of the Opra's book club books, which is kind of surprising because some of the books in her club are actually decent. View all 13 comments. Dec 13, Brooke rated it really liked it Shelves: Having seen the movie several times I already really knew this story. This book came out when I was only 5 years old and it is crazy that it has taken me this long to pick it up.
I enjoyed it for the most part! The book gives a lot more detail character wise than the movie which was nice on occasion, but I thought the movie did a good job editing the characters especially Willy Jack; there was some unneeded scenes with him. Having said that this story is filled with great side characters.
Moses Having seen the movie several times I already really knew this story. Moses and Certain are a favorite along with quirky Sister Husband. The story as a whole is engaging and heart warming.
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It also doesn't shy away from consequences of life choices. View all 4 comments. May 11, Karina Almeroth rated it it was amazing Shelves: One of my all-time fav books. The first time I read it, I bought it from the bookstore at Indro shopping centre before it closed down I was blown away by it then, and even named my daughter after one of the characters Cherry. Rereading it now, it hasn't lost any of its power and beauty. I find it's really a book about th One of my all-time fav books.
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I find it's really a book about the kindness of strangers Reading it again I wish it were a longer book More, I want more!! Only cause it is so damn good. My heart hurts after reading this, but it hurts in a good way! Read the book to understand: Dying to jump straight into it, but with only two books by this amazingly talented author, I may need to cherish and save it for another lazy Saturday afternoon.
She may never write another novel! Now that is heartbreaking. Feb 17, Heather Victoria rated it really liked it Shelves: This was a very easy read. A very good story. Of course considering I've seen the movie times the whole way through it I was comparing the two. Of course the movie didn't have all the personal relationships Novalee gains but as a whole the movie kept the same story. The movie just mixed the events up. Mar 17, Siobhan Colley rated it it was amazing. I was introduced to this book since i watched the film first, and thought it was beautiful.
This book didn't dissapoint me, it had beauty and love. Some may say its unbelivable or incourages teenage pregancy, since all ends well. But i don't believe thats true this book is about the good and bad in life, how sometimes a bad situation that looks like it will never get better, can be the begginning. A start to someones history, a start to someones life, a chance to become someone new. I related to I was introduced to this book since i watched the film first, and thought it was beautiful. I related to this book, and i'm only 15 and i could see the wisdom and advice this book gives you, i could relate to the teenage Novalee Nation, she was knocked down and abandoned so many times and still found the best in people, she never lost hope that the next time would be differnet, the next person would be the right one to trust, some say its a naive belief but doesnt it also show courage, that this teenage girl counld still find it in her heart to trust those who offered help.
I admire that in her, and the others in her life, they all gave chances to people who may not deseve them, its something that sometime i wish i could do, trust those who i should. The book shows that some people are bad and some are good, but sometimes theres a time to trust, time to understand, to forgive.
To help someone get home, or let some else help you, to build a home or to go home. Because after all Home is Where the Heart is. Jan 22, Eve rated it it was amazing Shelves: Have you ever been so "daw-gone" tired, that you're visualizing the comfort of your solitary bed?
That warm down comforter. You keep pumping yourself up with the thought that you're nearly home. You've finally made it. You want to ensure that you really enjoy your night's rest, so even though you can hardly move, you go through your nightly hot shower ritual. Finally, you settle into bed, turn out the lights. All is quiet save for the steady breathing of your furry friends, a Have you ever been so "daw-gone" tired, that you're visualizing the comfort of your solitary bed?
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All is quiet save for the steady breathing of your furry friends, and the soft noises of the house settling. And there it is! That moment when you shut your eyes and relish how wonderful it finally feels to completely let go. It feels so good, you can almost taste it! You find yourself unconsciously smacking your lips right before you drift off. That is this book!
Each time I settled in to read a few passages, I was just overcome with so much love and concern for all the characters. Despite having more than a few heavy themes and scenes, it all came together in a warm, comforting way. Definitely at the top of my comfort reads. Jan 03, Christine rated it it was ok. First, let me start off by saying this book was made into a movie starring Natalie Portman and Ashley Judd in It is one of those feel good flicks you know the type, the kind that plays on Lifetime and I saw it a few years ago.
I'm one of those people who prefers to read a book prior to watching the movie adaptation, because I like to visualize the characters and scenes myself. There is a certain thrill of a story unfolding on a page vs. Since I already knew the basic plot, I found myself comparing the book to the movie. This book was an Oprah book club selection and alternate selection of the Literary Guild. As such, I had high hopes and was greatly disappointed. I did not dislike this book-it was "okay.
She is taken in by a woman who becomes her surrogate mother, gets a job, finds a best friend, goes to school and eventually falls in love. Of course-she is beautiful, has a heart of gold and everyone loves her and her baby. Overall, it is a story of love, hope and survival. I appreciate 'feel good' stories like the next person but parts of this book were so unbelievable it was infuriating.
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She does not look for a job or suitable housing. Although it is never explicitly explained, I don't think she ever had any prenatal care throughout the entire pregnancy either. However, once the baby is born, she immediately becomes a super responsible mother, it just didn't jive. She sees her again TEN years later and believes her mother when she says she wants to help Novalee get an apartment and help with the baby.
Even if you didn't see the movie beforehand, anyone could see that her mother would disappear after Novalee handed over her entire savings. Novalee is someone who after her mother left was raised in foster homes-she should have more street smarts. I understand Letts was showing how naive she was, but come on!
This seems completely unrealistic to me. She is portrayed as someone who loves to read and is a responsible mother, it just doesn't fit with the character. Additionaly-the book contains chapters discussing Willy Jack the boyfriend who abandoned Novalee. Although Letts tied their stories together at the conclusion of the book, I felt she could have wrapped up the book differently while maintaining the happy ending and eliminated his story completely.
There was also a section involving child rape that could have been left out. Overall, this book was 'eh. Aug 20, Suzanne rated it really liked it. Didn't review at the time of reading, unfortunately, but loved this story. Heartwarming and we saw the good side of human nature in the end. Jun 16, Belinda rated it really liked it Shelves: Nov 02, Catherine rated it did not like it.
Honestly, the only thing I enjoyed about this book was that it was an easy read, which made the process of finishing it quick and slightly less painful. Only slightly, though, because this book was pretty much a waste of my time. I got nothing out of this story whatsoever. Novalee is the least inspiring protagonist I've ever had to follow, and the breaks to Willy Jack's story line came as a relief, despite the fact that he's meant to be a secondary character.
I don't understand the choice to mak Honestly, the only thing I enjoyed about this book was that it was an easy read, which made the process of finishing it quick and slightly less painful. I don't understand the choice to make this book first person; sure, it would be weird to switch between Novalee and Willy Jack's perspective if it was in first, but for the purpose of the novel I think third person was ineffective. The audience is supposed to be following Novalee on an emotional journey, and yet Novalee doesn't seem to react to anything for more than a paragraph.
It's as if groundbreaking moments have little effect on her, which I found to be incredibly annoying. The plot development in this novel was sporadic at best, moving slowly for some chapters and then jumping ahead two months for the next. It was inconsistent and I think it hindered the flow of the novel.
I found myself struggling to envision how Novalee managed to get from point A to point B way too often, and honestly it seems like the author skipped these parts simply so she wouldn't have to provide an explanation for example, the two months after Americus is born isn't even touched on, and details on how Novalee settled in to Walmart, how she felt about the press going after her, and Mama Nell's betrayal are left out. Overall, this book was a disappointment.
I don't know what Oprah was on about when she recommended it. May 12, Rachel rated it it was amazing. Where the Heart Is is a story about a year old pregnant girl called Novallee on a road trip to California from her home in Tennessee with her boyfriend, hoping to find a happy home with her boyfriend working on the railroads.
Never has Novallee ever lived in a house and she wants to make sure that her baby grows up in the best environment that she can create. Novallee keeps a journal full of magazine pictures of houses and she looks through them, imagining her dream house in her head. But get Where the Heart Is is a story about a year old pregnant girl called Novallee on a road trip to California from her home in Tennessee with her boyfriend, hoping to find a happy home with her boyfriend working on the railroads. Novallee meets several people, including Sister Husband, a kind generous old lady who seems to provide everything Novallee needs, Moses Whitecotton, a photographer that lectures Novallee on how she has to give her a baby a good, strong name, and Fornley, a librarian who cares about her more than she thinks.
This book is about how Novallee found where her heart is. I have no doubts that this is a five star book. Jul 27, Beth rated it it was ok. This is an Oprah recommended book which is why I began it. I didn't finish it a rare thing for me, but really, I couldn't spend any more time with the naive, starry-eyed, po' white trash heroine. She's 17, pregnant, and has been abandoned at a Walmart by her do-wrong boyfriend. When she gets her hands on some money the first thing she does is turn it over to her mother who abandoned her when she was nine or something. Loser Mom read about her daughter in the paper because daughter had her This is an Oprah recommended book which is why I began it.
Loser Mom read about her daughter in the paper because daughter had her baby in Walmart and the Walmart baby became great advertising. Obviously the heroine whose name I'm blocking on will reconcile lots of arbitrary people because her generous spirit shines through. Hopefully she will also become a little bit smarter about people who use her boyfriend, mom, etc , but thankfully I won't have take that journey with her.
That's the great thing about books. You can put them down and walk away from them. Feb 25, Jamie rated it really liked it. I really enjoyed this book.
It was a quick, cute, easy read. Don't read it expecting some great piece of high-minded literature. Take it for what it is - a feel good story about growing and changing. Novalee Nation matures throughout the book because of the people she meets in her new home. Where the Heart is is a book about the journey that you take as you grow up. Jul 27, Jessica rated it really liked it. Ahhhh such a great feel-good book, but NOT, at the same time. Novalee definitely has experienced her share of heartbreak and sadness, but she trucks on and always comes out okay on the other side.
I have always loved this movie and the book was wonderful as well! I was happy to see that the movie followed very closely with the book. Jun 08, Rebecca rated it really liked it. Use the HTML below. You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin. Edit Cast Cast overview, first billed only: Novalee Nation Ashley Judd Lexie Coop Stockard Channing Sister Husband Joan Cusack Ruth Meyers James Frain Forney Hull Dylan Bruno Cake Supplier Keith David Moses Whitecotten Ray Prewitt Rhonda Mary Ashleigh Green Girl in Bathroom Kinna McInroe Wal-Mart Clerk Laura Auldridge Discover where the emotion is Edit Did You Know?
Episode I - The Phantom Menace had to be removed. Goofs When Novalee goes into the ladies' room at the library, when she realizes she's not pregnant, her hairstyle changes from a flip when she enters to a straight style when she leaves the bathroom. Quotes Thelma 'Sister' Husband: Home is where your history begins. Home is where they catch you when you fall. Connections Referenced in ER: Frequently Asked Questions Q: What exactly happened to Sister? What exactly did Roger Briscoe do to Lexie and her children? A library job that includes housing?
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