Author: Billie Letts
Age range: 16 & up
Content: Moderate romance, mild sexual content, mild language, moderate violence
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
For most people, sevens are lucky. But for Novalee Nation, seventeen, seven months pregnant, heading to California with her boyfriend, it's the exact opposite. She finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma with just $7.77 in change and a whole lot of bad luck. What Novalee doesn't know is that she's about to come across a group of down-to-earth, warm-hearted, deeply caring people willing to help out a homeless, jobless girl secretly living in a Wal-Mart. From religious blue-haired Sister Husband to intellectual Forney Hull who may love Novalee more than she loves herself, they're all about to take her on a moving, hilarious journey to... Where the Heart Is.
First things first, I didn't read this because it's apart of Oprah's Book Club. I just wanted to make that clear because I really don't like her or her show or her book club. Sorry, Oprah.
Disclaimer: I watched the movie before I read the book. (Natalie Portman made an adorable Novalee.) Don't kill me. I didn't know it was a book until the credits were rolling.
I think the only thing about this book that I wasn't crazy about was the title. When you search it up on B&N or Amazon, this book shows up, but in a sea of other stories with the same name. There were so many other great lines in the book that she could've used as the title. None that I can name off the top of my head, but I remember thinking it. Other than that, I absolutely loved the story.
Novalee was a great female character. She was strong and likable and charismatic. I think she's one of my new favorite literary characters of all time. All the characters were great and just such characters. They were all so different and lively with their own backstories and leftover heartaches. It was all such a good balance of different people wanting different things and all of them wanting the same thing. I also liked how it wasn't just Novalee's story. It was everyone's story.
I loved all the names. I love when authors give their characters original, interesting names. Actually, I just like it when people, in general, have original, interesting names.
The style of writing was really easy to read and the plot was easy to keep up with without being boring. There was always something happening but it was never too much. There was a lot of description, but, again, it was never too much. The story never came to a stand-still. The characters kept moving, changing with their lives.
I recommend this to people who like stuff like Nicolas Sparks or other romance-y, mild adult books. I've only read one Nicolas Sparks book. But this book still seemed very similar in writing and style and genre. (I think Billie Letts is better, though.) I highly recommend this to anyone, actually. This would make a good beach or travel or car book. It's just a really nice cute story that would be appealing to a wide range of readers.
If you're wondering, the movie is also really good. They changed some things. Like in the movie, Novalee is superstitious about fives instead of sevens. Little things like that. But it worked well in the transition from novel to film.
Overall, I loved this book and I think you'd like it, too. I hope you enjoyed reading my review and I will be back, at some point before Saturday. Later.