Right Where I Belong by Krista McGee

rightwhereibelongGenre: Young Adult, Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: December 2012

Natalia Lopez has watched her father jump from one woman to another for years. After he divorces yet another wife, Natalia decides to leave her home in Spain and move with her stepmother to Florida, intending to complete her senior year of high school and focus on growing in her new-found faith. What Natalia didn’t count on was Brian Younger—the pastor’s son.

Brian is a young man with a sincere love for God and a heart for people, but Natalia, influenced by her father’s example, insists on remaining single. She refuses to fall in love only to have the man walk away, like her father. However the harder she tries to escape the handsome redhead, the more their paths collide, and it isn’t long before Natalia starts to wonder if her Heavenly Father has another plan for her life.

In a society where our young readers are constantly bombarded with books and movies devoid of moral standards, Right Where I Belong is truly a breath of fresh air. Krista McGee creates a beautiful story of surrender and following God, whether or not it’s the easy or popular thing to do.

The past few years, I’ve read several YA novels (some bestsellers) and it has disturbed me to see how the protagonists show no respect for their parents. The authors attempt to justify it by creating horrible parental figures. McGee doesn’t fall into that rut. On the contrary, through Natalia, she reminds readers that we are to honor our fathers and mothers regardless. There’s no clause that says, “If they are good and reasonable.”

A Spaniard myself who, like Natalia, left Spain at the age of seventeen to complete my senior year of high school in the US, I could really relate with her. McGee carried me back in time. I once again relived the culture shock and struggle between knowing I was where I belonged while greatly missing my family, friends, and home.

Right Where I Belong is a novel I can definitely recommend to young adults. Natalia is a good character to emulate as she continually strives to grow in her love for God and her desire to deepen her knowledge of Him. Readers should be prepared to be stretched.

Review copy received from publisher via NetGalley. Thanks!

**Originally posted on Fiction Addict.

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