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I Wanna Be Where You Are

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  617 ratings  ·  162 reviews
A debut young adult rom-com about an African American ballerina who finds love on the road to an audition.

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
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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.
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
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
caitlin ✶
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
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
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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Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
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
Adriana Martinez Figueroa
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 ...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!
Justin A Reynolds
Easily one of my most anticipated books of 2019! This one can’t come soon enough!
Trigger warning: death (of parent) / Rep: Black main characters, gay side character
This book was exactly what I needed. It was like a dose of fluff, feels, and just genuine joy being poured over me instead of cold water. I loved being in this book and book world. It If you are looking for a contemporary that brings you a charming romance along with realistic fiction tackling journeys - both emotional and physically.

Chloe was a fantastic MC. I loved being in her voice, and her passion, fears, and
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
can kristina forest just write a dozen more contemporaries?? pls and thank u

actual rating: 4.25/5
Catfairy Books
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible
Kristina Forest’s debut novel was filled with heart and cuteness overload! This book literally gave me a toothache and Chloe is one of the most adorable and fierce characters I have ever read!
Jan 24, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
This cover is so beautiful!
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mackenzie (bookish_black_hole)
I'M HERE FOR A FULL CAST OF POC!!!!!! It was so amazing to read a book where one was white? Such a change from most books where everrrryone is white (rolls eyes). I also really liked that both the MC and love interest (Chloe and Eli) wanted to follow non-academic paths - college is pushed so hard at high school students but it's not! the only! path! It was funny also to read about them living in New Jersey and roadtripping down to DC and Virginia and NC, since I live in NJ and have ...more
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I would say that to me this book was pretty average, but I did love the romance.

I Wanna Be Where You Are is about Chloe who is going to a ballet audtition and Eli who is going to go see his father. They end up riding together and going on an adventure with Eli's dog.

I enjoyed this book, but I thought it was average. Being average isnt't a bad thing, it just means that I most likely won't read it again or think about it. The romance progressed at a good speed, yet at some points I thought Eli
Lorraine (Reading With Lori)
“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.”- Kristina Forest, I Wanna Be Where You Are

Trigger Warnings: Car accident, mentions death of car accident, vomiting.

Rep: Black, LGBTQ+ (Gay)

Format Read In: Audiobook

Awww I ENJOYED this so much! This book is a road trip Rom Com perfect for the summer! It’s a lighthearted and fun read that also discusses realistic struggles like—pressures to attend college by
*I voluntarily read and reviewed an ARC of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*

3.5 stars

It took me quite a while to sit down and actually read this one, but once I did I enjoyed it. The writing is done well and I found myself reading pages and pages without realizing time was passing. It was a really quick read.

The unfortunate thing, is that I'm only getting around to reviewing it almost a month later (because life) and I can't remember too much about it or my feelings. So, this
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
Jessica (The Psychotic Nerd)
This and other reviews can be found on The Psychotic Nerd

Actual Rating: 3.5

Short and Simple Review
I have a bit of a soft spot for road trip books, especially those involving hate-to-love relationships. So I of course wanted to read this book. This was exactly the feel-good book I expected. Don't get me wrong, it does go into more serious topics--like trying to go against what your parents want for you--but throughout most of the book it just made me smile and you know that somehow things will
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
Afoma Umesi
Mar 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I read and enjoyed this young adult novel. I Wanna Be Where You Are is a heartwarming contemporary young adult novel about friendship, dance, the power of dreams, and redemption. I loved meeting Chloe and Eli, and while it took a while to warm up to Eli, he ended up being one of my favorite parts of the book. His character growth and determination (followed by action) to change certain parts of his life impressed me. I also enjoyed
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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.
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