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I Wanna Be Where You Are

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  144 ratings  ·  61 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…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)
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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
Shay Seymour
Oct 02, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
I want to be wherever finished copies of this book are.
Vicky Who Reads
Apr 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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temi ★
characters: 5/5
pacing: 4/4
actual substance of the story: 2/5
romance and/or significant friendships: 3/4
the writing: 2.5/5
creativity: 1.5/2

18/25 | 3.6 STARS

trigger warnings: death of a loved one, car crashes

17-year-old Chloe Pierce is passionate about ballet, but ever since her dad passed in a car accident, her mother has been extremely protective of her. Chloe also has to deal with the lack of confidence she's had ever since she was almost hit by a car and got an injury. While her mother's on va
Aug 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Latanya (CraftyScribbles)
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 g
Morgan (The Bookish Beagle)
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!
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
Jan 08, 2019 marked it as to-read-so-bad-it-hurts  ·  review of another edition
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
Jan 24, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This cover is so beautiful!
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
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-arc in exchange for an honest review!

Professional ballet is Chloe's dream, so when she gets the chance to audition for an important conservatory, she obviously wants to. The problem is that her mom won't let her. So Chloe comes up with a plan - audition for the conservatory while her mom is away on vacation. She'll be back before her mom will even know she's gone! Of course, her plans get kind of messed up when her ex-friend and annoying neighbo
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
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss

Enjoyed the premise, but it's more of a YA book. First, there's a lot of high school whining and not getting along with a neighbor boy (who smokes), and then there are a lot of f bombs.

Too bad. I liked the idea of going for a ballet audition, and need more books on ballet. Love the cover. Just don't think it's the ballet book my 6th graders need!
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Disclaimer: I received this book as an advanced copy by the publisher via NetGalley for reviewing purposes, but all opinions are my own.

This was a remarkably adorable story, with a passion that every teenager could relate to. I would have loved this book to pieces when I was seventeen, like our main character Chloe, and it would have inspired me to truly find what I love, just to chase that feeling Chloe has for ballet. I Wanna Be Whe
Jun 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a light and breezy book!

I loved it. I like stories about ballet and Chloe here is a dancer! ❤ The book is filled with teens stepping out of their comfort zone, going out and standing up for what they want, sticking with what they are passionate about.

Chloe has been a good girl her whole life. She always listened to her mom who became very cautious about her after Chloe's father passed away. But not this time. She wants to go to a dance audition to another state that her mom didn't permit
Natasha Diaz
Jan 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful debut about the joys and fears that come about when you risk it all to chase your dreams. This book is fun and intense and funny and sad, it really takes you on a journey and I loved every second of it! Kristina Forest is a powerful and talented voice and I can't wait to see what else she has to say!
Nov 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lucky enough to have read an early copy of the book (and all versions of this beautiful book). But even though I'm biased as Kristina's friends, I can't say enough how much you will fall in love with these characters and their love story.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Looooooved this book! Can’t wait to buy a copy when it’s out. Cute, funny, and inspiring.
Mar 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lovely! I liked the single-mother / only-child dynamic and really appreciated the messages behind this one. The ballet aspects were incorporated so well and made me very happy.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Just, the cutest.
McKinlay Dennis
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poc-authors, diverse, 2019
[3.5 stars] i really hope this book finds its way into the hands of all the black ballerinas out there who feel alone with their dream.
LaRonda (Flying Paperbacks)
*I received an ARC of this book from the author through a Twitter Giveaway in exchange of an honest review*

Justin A Reynolds
Easily one of my most anticipated books of 2019! This one can’t come soon enough!
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.

ZewsReadingCorner (Booktuber)
What an adorable quick and fun read!

I had a good time reading this book, and was grateful for the confidence boost this book gave me. I sped through this book like there was no tomorrow. Lol. I’m a pretty slow reader and so this book gave me the illusion that I was some kind of speed demon reader. Lol However, after finishing it, I kind of felt like all these events, either they were without depth or they just went by too fast. I wish there was more to the story; whether that had been more expla
Jun 10, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book began weak and continued to diminish. I wanted to DNF it but I didn't due to work reasons but man, I was unimpressed with this work. Which makes me sad. Because I liked that dance aspect. I thought Chloe's love of dance was the best part of the whole thing.

The entire premise is ridiculous. It's like it was trying too hard to be a rom com. And maybe it's the place I'm at in my life, but I didn't want to read about a young girl lying to her mother to make a dance audition and somehow get
May 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book! The road trip concept had me wary at first of reading cliches but the turns that happen in this novel kept surprising me. It’s entertaining from start to finish and the stops along the way just shape the Chloe and Eli’s stories so well :’). Nothing feels weirdly placed or forced, and I think that’s what made me fly through this book.

I’m not a dancer, but I found Chloe’s character to be SO relatable. She’s a black teen with a big dreams and she learns to try and pursu
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Kristina Forest loves to dance and thought one day she'd be a choreographer. But then she decided she loved writing more. 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. I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE is her first novel.