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Catherine Ryan Hyde ☆ 5 review

“Hyde is a remarkable insightful storyteller creating full bodied characters whose dialogue rings true with not a word to spare” Library JournalFourteen 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 We ePUB #192 where they live home never seems to last longUntil 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 I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review my thanks for the opportunityWell that was a special book I am still processing the journey it took me on It s the first of Catherine Ryan Hyde s books I have read but it won t be the last I can see why there are some comparisons to Jodi Picoult s style of writing and subjects tackled So where do we begin Fourteen year old Angie is living with her mother and her younger autistic sister Sophie in her Aunty Vi s house they are essentially on the brink of homelessness and holding breath for the day they are no long welcome with Aunty Vi Little autistic Sophie is a beautifully written character Catherine Ryan Hyde did an excellent job of portraying the beauty the specialness and the difficulties that autism can bring to a family I loved Sophie I just loved her I have Aspergers and so does my own child so I often am looking closely at how authors write an autistic character CRH did it very well in this novelSophie falls in love with a great big loving Great Dane that lives next door with an elderly man called Paul The amazing thing is that this dog helps Sophie be calm she has a habit of shrieking for hours on end until hoarse and is unable to speak the dog has this powerful impact on her and the family see hope But then Paul and his dog move awayAngie s mother decides that packing them into the car with their meagre belongings in a trailer and following Paul and his dog to his new house and town is an excellent idea much to Angie s dismay and horror she had made friends with Paul and has a maturity beyond her age so she is thinking of a million scenariosIt was heartbreaking the way the author portrayed the role reversal at times between older daughter and mother there is responsibility on Angie s shoulders that should not be there stealing parts of her childhood as her mother looks to her for so much help with her autistic sister life money everything It s a sad situation but it s not an unrealistic one out there Their story continues as Angie reconnects with Paul and his dog and a very special friendship is forged between this elderly gentleman and this wise beyond her years teenage girl The book is so beautifully written so poignant so stunning in it s emotive depths We watch Angie grow into a seventeen year old young lady and her character is so likeable she s a great kid with the weight of the world on her shoulders at times She s suffered much pain and loss but she keeps shining through with the biggest heart in the world There are some scenes that brought tears to my eyes others that made me smile I just loved every word of this book and am glad I was given the opportunity to read it Does it have a happy ending for all involved Do read it so you can find out too

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Where We Belong

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 againMuch 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 secr 35 starsThis is my first time to read any of this writers work and I have to say I really enjoyed her writing style Everything about this story felt realistic and emotional It wasn t a far fetched read and you really felt as if you knew the characters The character depth was as brilliant as the writing style I also appreciated this being offered on kindleunlimited Now for my complaints While the storyline and characters were solid I found the plot to be incredibly slow at times There were long spells where nothing of importance seemed to occur I also felt the ending was rushed An epilogue would have been really beneficial for this book Overall Im glad I gave this a shot and I will definitely check out of this writers work

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Et 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 belongsBy 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“Hyde has a sure touch with affairs of the heart” Publishers Weekl Catherine Ryan Hyde s story of a family in crisis resonates with our human experience of frustration and reluctant leadership Sometimes someone just has to step up and do Something to take care of business And when we do we may find unexpected support that buoys us up and opens a bridge to the futureFourteen year old Angie isn t what we like to think of as a typical teenager Her mother is overwhelmed by the demands of Angie s autistic younger sister As she helplessly allows the family to slip into homelessness Angie reluctantly steps into the parental void Unsupervised she encounters the world on her own inexperienced terms Her absorption in travel to far regions of the earth a peaceful escape from her uncontrollable sister who screams until exhausted when she s frustrated becomes an asset as she finds refuge in a bookstore The owner offers her a job but Angie s unable to cope with the unexpected When Angie realizes that the shop owner is a lesbian she reacts with confusion and escapes from another confusing situation She catches a break with the neighbor s Great Dane whose aura of peace calms her screaming sister The dog provides a path to friendship with her isolated owner whose own life drama gradually unfolds It s not a smooth path for any of them but with the two steps forward one step back progress of life they find ways to help each other though life s confusion Although the characters are unusual anyone who has survived childhood will recognize the dilemmas and missteps that carry us through our days Catherine s sensitive observations of both humans and dogs bring these satisfying characters to life


10 thoughts on “Where We Belong

  1. says:

    Fourteen year old Angie her young sister Sophie and their mother are for the time being living with Aunt Violet Angie and her mother can’t help but wonder if each day with Aunt Violet will be their last If that is the case they will be homeless again The problem is Sophie who is on the severe side of the autism spectrum Although she doesn’t speak she has a tendency to shriek as loud as a siren When she starts it can go on for hours til

  2. says:

    I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review my thanks for the o

  3. says:

    The miraculous thing about Catherine Ryan Hyde is the way she can write about the emotions of a child and be so completely spot on I don't think I have ever read an author that does this so well I was so frustrated with the mother in this book though and completely in love with Angie for her bravery and her honestywhich is often the same thing in this novel

  4. says:

    A family in crisis At 14 Angie is the adult in the family Her sister Sophie is on the severe end of the autism spectrum and is completely non verbal Her mother does her best but often ends up relying on Angie to fill in the many gaps They are fighting to stay a family but have been kicked out of every house they've lived in and their last ch

  5. says:

    35 starsThis is my first time to read any of this writers work and I have to say I really enjoyed her writing style Everything about this story felt realistic and emotional It wasn’t a far fetched read and you really felt as if you knew the

  6. says:

    This book will be placed in my favorites It tells a story from the point of view of a 14 year old girl living with her widowed mother and autistic younger sister The author does such an amazing job of speaking through the voice of a

  7. says:

    Wonderful story

  8. says:

    Catherine Ryan Hyde’s story of a family in crisis resonates with our human experience of frustration and reluctant leadership Sometimes someone just has to step up and do Something to take care of business And when we do we may find unexpected support that buoys us up and opens a bridge to the futureFourteen year old Angie isn’t what we like to think of as a typical teenager Her mother is overwhelmed by t

  9. says:

    One word Great One name AngieIt never ceases to amaze me how Catherine Ryan Hyde can get to the very core of her

  10. says:

    This was my 5th CRH book not one has yet to disappoint me I devour them And then I'm sad when I've come to the end because I know I

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