“I used to be afraid of the dark. But sometimes, it’s the best place to be. Sometimes you can see things in the dark that you can’t see in the light.”Billie Letts, Where the Heart Is, p. 315
I think this is the first time I’ve ever come across a book where I actually enjoy the movie more so than I did reading the book. It wasn’t a bad book, but it did take me a bit longer to read it than a book usually does as I was kind of bored with it. Of course, there are a ton of differences between the book and the movie, but I’ll go over those on the book vs. movie post for this particular read. Another rare thing for me to say when it comes to a book that I’ve read is…there is an overindulgence of details with the book. There are some parts, such as parts of what happened to Willie Jack when he went to prison, or parts where it just seemed to drag on forever, like when he was at the bar in the middle of nowhere when his car ran out of gas.
Even though I saw the movie a long time before I read the book I was still rooting for Forney to win over Novalee. He was way more forward in the book than he was portrayed in the movie, that’s for sure, but with every book, there could have been a big surprise and the author could have written that the two of them stayed friends. Thankfully that didn’t happen as I think that would have actually pissed me off. The two of them, even though they are quite different from each other, were meant to be together from the beginning. The way the two of them cared for each other is the sweetest and what girl wouldn’t want the guy to always be there for her, through the good and the bad.
Where the Heart Is isn’t a terrible book, but it was far from a favorite and will most likely be a one-time read type of book for me. The biggest thing for me was that I didn’t feel anything for it; there’s a huge lack of emotion. There are parts that should have made my heartache, bringing tears to the eyes as well as parts that should have made me laugh out loud or even mad at times, but, with this book, even though the meaning was there the feeling was missing. It just felt like words on paper this time around.
About Where the Heart Is
Talk about unlucky sevens. An hour ago, seventeen-year-old, seven months pregnant Novalee Nation was heading for California with her boyfriend, Willie Jack Pickens. Now she finds herself stranded at a Wal-mart in Sequoyah, Oklahoma, with just $7.77 in change. But Novalee is about to find some 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 the same Wal-mart she was left at. 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 on a moving, funny, and unforgettable journey.
A list of Billie Lett’s books can be found on her Goodreads site here – Book List