Book 7 is a book that I have wanted to read for over a year now, Where the Heart is by Billie Letts. Now, originally, I didn’t know this was a book, I thought it was a really good movie that stared an actress that I really loved, Natalie Portman. I was really interested in reading the book but I couldn’t find it in any bookstore and I didn’t want to order it, for some reason. I was lucky to find it one day at a book resell store. I was really happy as it happened right before the new year and that means it could be used for my new reading challenge. Now I did get caught up in my Star Wars obsession and I put it off a little but felt like now was the right time to read.
So the biggest thing that I really loved about this book is the love story between Novalee and Forney. In the movie, you can see Forney’s interest but in the book it is more highlighted. From the very beginning Forney’s love for both Novalee and Americus is very apparent. It was one thing that I really loved about the movie, the relationship between these characters.
It was also interesting to see how things are different in the book versus the movie. Now usually I don’t compare the books and movies because I think that does both an injustice. With this book and movie, on the other hand, I feel like they compliment each other. I understand why the director and produce moved some of the story elements around and I am really glad the movie kind of glazes over a certain darker part of the story, as it is really disturbing, but the book has it’s own charm and is amazing.
I did like that in the book you got to know the side characters better than the movie. In the movie, when Novalee and Americus goes into the cellar, there is a family in there, if you read the book, you know who everyone is. There are also a couple of side characters mentioned that don’t really get anything in the movie. I
All in all, this was a really sweet book and really does show the naivety of the 90s. The things that people would do to help others wouldn’t be safe in the present day, so it kind of makes me a little sad. The times when kids could go outside and play for a while without parents worrying about kidnappers. Unfortunately there are always those rotten ones that show up and this book does show how one rotten person got his.
Either way, I do recommend this book. If anyone who is older than me reads it, it will bring back a time when things weren’t so hateful and technological, a time when a neighbor would help someone in there time of need, a time when a community actually existed and survived together.
Let's enjoy the many worlds there are to enjoy, in just our own heads.