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I Wanna Be Where You Are

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  1,188 ratings  ·  306 reviews
When Chloe Pierce’s mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, she devises a secret plan to drive two hundred miles to the nearest audition. But Chloe hits her first speed bump when her annoying neighbor Eli insists upon hitching a ride, threatening to tell Chloe’s mom if she leaves him and his smelly dog, Geezer, behind. So now Chloe’s ch ...more
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Roaring Brook Press
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Kristina Forest I was once a ballerina, and it was a huge part of my life when I was a teenager. I wanted to write a story about a girl who was so devoted to one pass…moreI was once a ballerina, and it was a huge part of my life when I was a teenager. I wanted to write a story about a girl who was so devoted to one passion she'd risk anything to pursue it, and it only made sense to make her passionate about ballet! (less)
Веселинa Жековa The main characters are teens, so it's best for teens. But adults can enjoy it as well, because it's about family, dreams, the relationship between pa…moreThe main characters are teens, so it's best for teens. But adults can enjoy it as well, because it's about family, dreams, the relationship between parents and children... (less)

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Cristina Monica
Isn’t the cover just lovely? It makes me think that it wouldn’t be so bad living in a 2D world if everything looked so soft and colourful. Still, let’s keep it 3D for now.

This is a decent story. It is fairly short and well-paced so it will most definitely not feel like a chore to read. I don’t always ask my reads to amaze me, I understand that every story is different and we’re all drawn to distinct things. But I do ask my reads to think of me sometimes, as in EXPLAIN what’s happening in a way
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
anyone want to take a road trip down the east coast with me and fall in love and achieve our dreams along the way?

review to come / 3 or 3.5


picked up this book to read a few pages and accidentally almost finished it
I want to be wherever finished copies of this book are.

UPDATE: I got a finished copy of this book and it’s adorable and fun.
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was so lucky to get to read this book early, and I read it in one straight sitting.

I Wanna Be Where You Are is the perfect summer read! It's breezy and sweetly romantic, but it also is very much about growing up and becoming who you were always meant to be, even if your parents don't exactly agree with that.

The protagonist, Chloe, is relatable, self-assured and takes absolutely no bullshit. In short, she's my kind of protagonist. She and Elijah both grow as characters in a believable way tha
2020 Ripped Bodice Summer Bingo: ‪There Was Only One Bed‬

This is legit amazing. An excellent kisses-only YA romance + road trip + enemies-to-lovers. CW for parental death and car accident.

It fits Only One Bed because while they’re on the road trip, they check into a hotel and there are only deluxe rooms available (one king-sized bed). So they have to sleep in the same bed (and the heroine is a little nervous about it), but nothing remotely sexual occurs. I think it still counts for the bingo
Ms. Woc Reader
This was a cute little romance featuring black teens which is a rarity in YA. I can't name too many romance stories featuring black girls as the lead. And then when we do have a black lead lately she's often in an interracial relationship. That's nice and all but our black girls who prefer relationships with black boys need representation too! Another thing I appreciated was that the teens were able to be just normal teens. Wondering about their futures, anticipating school dances, sneaking arou ...more
Jacob Proffitt
Jun 13, 2020 marked it as unfinished  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: balked-by-price
I bounced on this at the setup chapter in a "it's not you, it's me" kind of way. And it's all about Chloe's mom. She's just an irrational mess. I mean, she has been taking Chloe to inconvenient ballet lessons for years but gives a hard no when Chloe has the opportunity to audition for a rare academy position with scholarships for all entering students. Because it's in New York. You know, the city with all the actual career positions for ballerinas. Instead, mom is going on a cruise with her boyf ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
No matter how tricky the choreography, always dance towards your dreams.

When her mom forbids her to apply for a spot at the dance conservatory of her dreams, Chloe Pierce can't bear to let her destiny go. So when her mother goes on vacation, she seizes the opportunity to escape. But her annoying neighbor Eli catches her in the act, threatening to tell her mother if she leaves him, and his dog, Geezer, behind.

So with two unexpected (but adorable) passengers, butterflies in her stomach, and a grea
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Chloe has known since forever that her destiny is ballet, but her mom won't let her audition for an exclusive NYC ballet conservatory started up by Chloe's favorite professional dancer. When her mom goes on a cruise, Chloe realizes she's got a chance to drive from New Jersey to DC to audition. What she doesn't expect is Eli, her enemy next door, blackmailing her into taking him along. When the two run into problem after problem, Chloe begins to wonder if she's ever going to make this audition.

'You have to take hold of the world and demand that it gives you what you want. That's what I do. It doesn't always come easy, regardless of how it looks.'

THIS WAS ADORABLE-ST (even though there were a few time when I wanted to just talk a hold of Eli and shake him, boys gah)

Chloe is such a great main character and I instantly loved her. Her doubt in herself and trying to go for her dream in spite of it is such a great premise for her story. I loved reading about a Black ballerina! It was also g
caitlin ✶
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I knew that this book wasn’t gonna be anything life changing going in, but I expected something fluffy, light & happy, and this was just... forgettable. There’s nothing glaringly wrong about it, but yeah 🤷🏻‍♀️ ...more
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
2020 Ripped Bodice Bingo: Debut Novels

Oh! I liked this SO much. It did such a good job of showing a "good" girl with an overprotective mom. And I never felt like Chloe was shamed for being a good girl. It's just who she is!!! She feels bad for going behind her mother's back! It just felt like, yeah, this is the teenager I was. (Maybe even the adult I am. :D)

Sweet romance and so many great side characters!
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2019-releases
This was adorable and I loved it so very much okay that's all I have to say, adorable and a lot of love for this marshmallow-y book. <3

Read my full review of I Wanna Be Where You Are on the blog.

Thank you so, so much to MacMillan International for the ARC of this book. This did not, in any way, influenced my thoughts and rating.

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Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
Kristina Forest writes a lovely, contemporary piece about a young girl striving to reach her ballet goals while balancing love and life on a brief road trip. Meet Chloe. She wants to dance for Avery Johnson and his conservatory. 

However, the audition is in D.C.. Can she get there without her mother discovering her plans and an undesired passenger riding with her? Or, will her plan to dance for the biggest ballet dancer fail?


1. Diversity! Always a win. The story centers on an Afro-Latina
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a very sweet, light read. Nothing groundbreaking in terms of plot but still very enjoyable.

I liked the characters. I liked the road trip. I was quite satisfied with the ending, I think it fit the story very well. I only wish the reason for Chloe disliking Eli was introduced a bit sooner.
Lea (drumsofautumn)

These are the most positive 3 stars I might have ever given. I enjoyed this novel a lot and there's really nothing I can criticize. It's just very simplistic and didn't do much for me emotionally but I highly recommend it!

This is a really fun road trip novel that features all of the high jinks you expect from those. It features a really wonderful friends-to-lovers romance that I enjoyed so, so much. They fight a lot in the beginning and there's clearly something that happened between the two a w
Nikki S
Y'all, this was everything I've ever wanted. Last August I asked people to name some fluffy Black romances that centers on 2 Black teens falling in love. Needless to say, there weren't that many. I don't remember who told me about this book, but I spent everyday after it reminding people to add it to their TBR and to pre-order it. And now that I've read it, I fully stand behind my decision of telling people about this book and everyone, needs to pre-order, tell their library to order it, request ...more
Justin A Reynolds
Aug 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Easily one of my most anticipated books of 2019! This one can’t come soon enough!
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
Apr 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-contemp, read-arc
Very cute! I really enjoyed this debut. Chloe was a great character to root for, although Eli’s sister Larissa might have been my favorite!
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
I Wanna Be Where You Are is such a cute story! There are people who have a past now developing a relationship, a doggo, and a road trip! This book has several sweet scenes, and I really had fun reading it.
Samantha (WLABB)
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Chloe aspired to be a ballet dancer, and was thrilled to hear that one of her ballet idols was opening a dance conservatory. Her mother had forbidden her from attending the New York auditions, but when the fates intervened, and her best friend helped her lie to her mother, Chloe was on her way to DC to take her shot. But, as with all the best laid plans, the universe, or rather Chloe's neighbor and former friend, Eli, threw a monkey wrench in them. Things may have gone awry, but
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Anna Banana
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really great and cute read!

Read for:

✨ two POC falling in love
✨Black ballerina who is an amazing dancer
✨road trip!
✨adorable dog that deserves all the love
✨*gasp* oh no there's only one bed available at this hotel and now we'll have to share
✨cute romance <3
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Great debuts make me so happy. Especially when they have fabulous covers, because it makes me hope people will discover the book and read it. Let’s be real: we’re all at least a little bit shallow. I Wanna Be Where You Are has both, and it made me smile pretty much the whole way through; I only stopped smiling a couple times because it’s not quite a hundred percent fluffy. Kristina Forest’s debut is about family, preparing for your future, working toward your dreams, and the importance of commun ...more
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just, the cutest.
I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest is the cute and lighthearted summer YA romance that I’ve been waiting for. So many contemporary YA novels focus so much on social issues which is good but there has been so much angst in the world, I wanted something with more fluff. I picked this up without expecting too much because I thought the premise was cute and interesting enough for me to at least think that it was a fun, easy read. I wanted something low maintenance and that’s what I got but ...more
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Yessss loved this book, it's short, fast paced and cute. It's about two teens who are stopping at nothing to achieve their dreams. It's used to be friends to enemies to lovers. It's not giving up your dreams after injury. It's standing up to your parents, making yourself heard and seen.

Chloe is a ballet dancer from New Jersey. When her Mom goes on holiday with her boyfriend, Chloe takes the opportunity to attend an audition so she can attend a Ballet School for her senior year. Her Mom didn't w
Hana Bilqisthi
Jun 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Confidence starts here,” she says, pointing at my heart. “You have to take hold of the world and demand that it gives you what you want. That’s what I do. It doesn’t always come easy, regardless of how it looks.

It is really fun read. The writing is great and page turner.
And I love Chloe 😍💕
She is relatable heroine.
She is not sociable and often tense in social setting.
kailey &#x1f4ab;
Jun 22, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
i really loved the characters in this and the relationship development between chloe and eli. while i do wish we got to see more of them together, the ending was super cute!
Natasha | readwithnatasha
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
What a cute story!

Chloe's mom won't let her audition for a ballet conservatory, but what her mom doesn't know won't hurt her. Her mom is taking a rare vacation with her boyfriend, so Chloe decided to make a quick trip down the east-coast for this once in a lifetime chance. Except there are a few unexpected road bumps - like Eli, her annoying neighbor who threatens to tell her mom if she doesn't give him and his dog, Geezer, a ride to the train. Determined to make the audition, they all hop in a
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Kristina Forest is the author of I Wanna Be Where You Are and Now That I've Found You. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing with a concentration in Writing for Children at The New School. She lives in Brooklyn, New York with two huge bookshelves.

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