Where the Heart Is

By: Billie Letts

Book Review By: Rodnesia Walker

Talk about unlucky sevens. Seventeen-year-old Novalee Nation is seven months pregnant heading to California with her obnoxious boyfriend Willy Jack. Suddenly, she finds herself stranded at a Wal-Mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to discover a whole new life in a small Southwestern town. She comes across some down-to-earth, caring people willing to help a homeless, jobless girl secretly living in Wal-Mart. Read about Novalee and her unforgettable journey to... where the heart is.


Living in a small, country city named Sequoyah, Novalee is introduced to a lot of people to help her overcome her struggles. A brown-headed, christian affiliated lady named Sister Husband offers her a place to stay in her two bedroom trailer. Novalee also comes attached to a genuine librarian named Forney, who fills Novalee's brain with plenty of knowledge.


If you love drama affiliated books/movies, this is the perfect book for you. I highly recommend this book because it uses a lot of imagery and it keeps the reader focused and wanting to read more. My favorite part is when Novalee meets Forney. He shows her that he loves her more than she loves herself. My least favorite part is when Novalee got stranded at Wal-Mart because she was new to the town without a place to stay. If I could change something about this book, Novalee's daughter wouldn't be called Americus.