I went into this book expecting a cute, quick read. I was right on the quick part, but it was far more than just cute. This is a book that grabs your heart and tugs every which way while the characters live their lives the best they can and learn how to love and trust again.
Of course the book is better than the movie, but if you are in the mood for a "feel good" ending, this is for you! A young woman, pregnant, and deserted in an unfamiliar town finds friendship and support and eventually love, by her own acts of kindness and goodness. I think it should be mandatory for teen age girls to read. You will love it!
This book is so much better then the movie. And the movie is one of the great ones on my list!! Novalee Nation finds her way through life just like we all do. However, her story seems a little harder then most. Such a well written story that will make you laugh, cry and feel like you want to go to Sequoyah Oklahoma just to see if it could be home for you too.
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I'm a very slow reader, but I found myself limiting how many pages I'd allow myself to read at a time, because I wanted the joy to last. That's how much I enjoyed this book. In several scenes throughout the book, the author's choice of wording struck me as so POETIC that I would literally pause, stop to absorb the words, then go back and re-read the passage. I don't do that very often when I read. Usually when I really enjoy a book, I tear through it as fast as I can. The story itself is charming, but the characters are so tangible and accessible that I really felt connected to them. The cadence or rhythm of the writing is very easy-to-read, it rolls along just as though you were watching a movie or tv. It is effortlessly descriptive. I'm excited to read other books by Billie Letts, because with this one, she clearly has an understanding of how to manipulate simple words to evoke deep emotions.
This is one of the best books I have read. The characters just draw you into the story. The story is not perdictable so every chapter is exciting. I really wish I could have meet the characters. This book is uplifting and you will not be able to put it down.
This one is very close to my heart and has inspired me to write as well. The author took an idea and ran with it, and I just loved the rich storyline & characters. Another book that turned out to be a great movie as well!
This is my all-time favorite book. Others have come and gone, topping this one for a week or a month after reading this, but this always makes it back to the top. Novalle, the main character, is so well developed and such a beautiful character, that she is forever a favorite of mine.
I quit this book before it really began, I fear. The leading lady was such a downer, and let her man treat her like crap. I do not appreciate this paradigm, nor the creepy direction he was heading in when he was checking out the 8 year old little girl with missing teeth. YUCK.
I didn't love this as much as everyone else who has reviewed seemed to. It was a good book but it didn't leave me with the warm fuzzies, it left me feeling a bit depressed. Though their are plenty of characters that conquer horrible circumstances, the fact the people are capable of putting each other in said horrible circumstances is still tragic.
This is one of the best books I ever read. Novalee has been stranded at a Walmart in the middle of nowhere, in a town where she doesn't know anyone. Sister Husband decides to take her in after Novalee's baby is born. All the characters in the book seem to exhibit kindness to all throughout the entire book. I think that is what I like the most about the book.
This book is no great literary shakes. HOWEVER, it is really a darn good read. I loved every minute of it. It was nice too, because I had seen the movie and put those faces to the characters. And they all played their roles so very well.
I enjoyed it when I was reading it (back when Oprah chose it as a selection) and it's certainly got a memorable plot (pregnant teen surreptiotiously living in a wal mart LOL). But don't ever plan to reread it.
I haven't seen the movie and after reading the book i'm glad. I truly enjoyed this book. I wasn't sure this would be a book I could get into but boy was I wrong. Hooray to the author and main character for a book that truly reminded me where the heart is.
I have to admit, I bought this book because it was partially about Wal-Mart and i love wal-mart. In the end it was a very good story even if it hadn't had the Wal-mart stuff. This is one of the only "Oprah" books that i have actually liked and would recommend.
Seventeen year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation is abandoned at an Oklahoma Wal-Mart by her boyfriend. In the first few hours of her abandonment, she meets three extraordinary characters that in the end will change her life. These small town eccentric characters will show Novalee that home is not impossible and family has very little to do with DNA. First let me just say that this book was entertaining and well written. The characters had excellent depth and believability. At some points I felt the plot was a little bit thin, mostly as the book jumps back and forth between Novalee and Willy Jack, the transition between some of the scenes was a bit forced. I also had an issue about three quarters of the way through the book, where the characters names are different then they had been in the beginning of the book and I had to go back a few pages to make sure I hadnt missed something crucial. As it turned out, the reason for the name changes was important, and I understand why Letts did it that way, but it was confusing all the same. Overall, this is a good solid story, that will leave you feeling bruised without tearing you apart.
The movie "Where the Heart Is" which is based off of this book has been a favorite of mine for years, so I was eager to get this and read it.
The book is truly a gem in its own league. Quirky characters set in normal country towns will remind you of the "funny guy down the street" and your "crazy Aunt" you see at family reunions. The familiarity of everyday life is what makes this book endearing. The movie sticks incredibly close to the story line of the book, but the famous one liners are even more frequent in the paperback version.
I ordered this book only to discover I had read it. Anything by Billie Letts of the Hoot n Holler Cafe fame is down home, Fannie Flagg and John Steinbeck material. The story line follows 17yo Novalee Nation who finds herself stranded by her boyfriend, pregnant, almost penniless,in a Wal Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma.How she overcomes this dillema, who helps her and why becomes the fabric of an unforgettable tale. This was an Oprah choice. It is similar to the kind of stories she champions. You're bound to like it.
This book is an Oprah's Book Club selection. It is about a girl that is 17 and pregant. Her boyfriend dumps her (shame-shame). She starts living in Walmart but slowly meets caring people and climbs into a good life. Nice reading!
From back cover: Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, 17 year-old, 7 months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in OK with just $7.77. 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.
A funny thing happens to Novalee Nation on her way to Bakersfield, California. Her ne'er-do-well boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens, abandons her in an Oklahoma Wal-Mart and takes off on his own, leaving her with just 10 dollars and the clothes on her back. Not that hard luck is anything new to Novalee, who is "seventeen, seven months pregnant, thirty-seven pounds overweight--and superstitious about sevens.... For most people, sevens were lucky. But not for her," Billie Letts writes. "She'd had a bad history with them, starting with her seventh birthday, the day Momma Nell ran away with a baseball umpire named Fred..."
Still, finding herself alone and penniless in Sequoyah, Oklahoma is enough to make even someone as inured to ill fortune as Novalee want to give up and die. Fortunately, the Wal-Mart parking lot is the Sequoyah equivalent of a town square, and within hours Novalee has met three people who will change her life: Sister Thelma Husband, a kindly eccentric; Benny Goodluck, a young Native American boy; and Moses Whitecotton, an elderly African American photographer. For the next two months, Novalee surreptitiously makes her home in the Wal-Mart, sleeping there at night, exploring the town by day. When she goes into labor and delivers her baby there, however, Novalee learns that sometimes it's not so bad to depend on the kindness of strangers--especially if one of them happens to be Sam Walton, the superchain's founder.
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 theis small Southwest town--a group of down-to-earth, deeply caring people willing to help a homeless jobless girl living secretly in 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. Book from Oprah's book club....also had a movie made out of it. Great book!!!
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 love 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