I Wanna Be Where You Are

I Wanna Be Where You Are

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...

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Title:I Wanna Be Where You Are
Author:Kristina Forest
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I Wanna Be Where You Are Reviews

  • Maya

    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

    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 that never made me feel like they were too mature for their ages as high school students (this is something I tend to take issue with in YA contemporary romance). Forest handles their development with a deft hand and the way she writes Eli is really wonderful. He's bombastic and funny, but under the surface he is also struggling with his own journey of growing up and making his own choices regardless of what his parents want.

    And it's so refreshing to see a story where the characters are black, but not defined by their blackness or oppression. This book lets Chloe and Eli have the fun, rollicking adventure that is usually reserved for romcoms about white couples.

    I have no doubt that whoever reads this will be eagerly waiting for Forest's next book. She's going to be a voice to be reckoned with in YA contemporary romance.

  • 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.

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    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.

    This was utterly adorable.

    Chloe's passion for dance and her love of ballet, combined with her very real doubts about her own talents and the fact that her body is different from the skinny mini ballerinas her age, are so real. After breaking her ankle just before Homecoming a year and a half ago, she's lost her confidence in her body and herself—and has constant anxiety attacks of "what if." What if she would never be as good as she was? What if she sucks? What if, what if, what if.

    I felt for her so hard, particularly when she gets so anxious that she's nauseous (and then pukes on herself and the car and Eli—that's a smell that doesn't go away for a while). I did like that she regains her confidence in herself and her worth as a dancer, and learns that no matter what happens she

    find a way to pursue her passion—because she's gone on this crazy road trip, took a risk, and survived to tell the story.

    Chloe and Eli's slow burn, enemies-to-lovers romance is cute as hell, and is more a tale of miscommunication and an unwillingness to accept fault and apologize. Enemies-to-lovers is one of my favorite romance tropes, but it is so easy to misstep—and this definitely doesn't.

    Eli is flawed, complicated, arrogant, funny and filled with his own insecurities that he tries to tamp down and hide. His mom blames him for literally everything and calls him a horrible kid

    (seriously, wtf), and his dad just wants him to go do UNC (which one, I dunno) and become a lawyer like himself. But Eli wants to purse his own passion and make a living as an artist—what time of artist, he doesn't know, that's what art school is going to help with.

    It was so refreshing to see a character have no fucking clue what they were going to do after high school, but also know that they had a dream, they had talent, and they were going to pursue that dream and passion to the ends of the earth.

    So ultimately this is a cute and funny story with a romance between two people, but the journey was more fun than the romance. It's also a story about family, forgiveness and reconnecting with friends.

    And, of course, a coming of age story about a girl who realizes just how far she's willing to go to realize her dream.

    I received this ARC from NetGalley for an honest review.

  • Marie

    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

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  • 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!

  • Sana

    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

    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 great to see a Black love interest and this was probably my first ever rom-com featuring one.

    As for Eli, I really liked him but yeah, he definitely had his oblivious moments and easily hurt Chloe a lot which I didn't even get why, TBH. My favorite secondary character was easily Larissa, the-ex-Ballerina-turned-feminist-theory-student. Also Eli's extremely supportive sister and just an all-around badass character. I also loved Trey, the gay friend, a lot (

    yessss). I also loved Reina the BFF but there needed to be a lot more of her being physically present than just the one scene. I get it, though since the book is pretty short and takes place over a week or so.

    The road trip part was so much fun and adventurous, though and it was so heartwarming that Eli had a pet dog that went with him on the trip. All their misadventures were hilarious to read about except the vomiting one, uhhh.

    IN CONCLUSION, I WANNA BE WHERE YOU ARE IS PROOF THAT THERE NEEDS TO BE MORE POC ROM-COMS

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    EVERYTHING ABOUT THIS LOOKS AND SOUNDS HELLA CUTE

  • 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 g

    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 girl with African-American characters. In addition, there's a gay male character. 

    2. I love books focusing on ballet and/or ballerinas. No. I was not a ballerina, but the dance and its world intrigues me.

    3. Cute and respectful romance. There's consent before kissing, which is becoming an aspect in stories. 

    4. Sweet and relatable female main character. She knows what she wants and will strive to achieve her dream, while giving herself space to figure the extras in life, e.g. love, parents.

    5. Love the title and book cover. I could not help but sing the song in my head as I read.

    6.Age-appropriate, though the whole road trip at sixteen/seventeen makes me cringe as a parent (LOL!)

    I would have liked less focus on Eli and more focus on Chloe. Since the book's short, too much time's spent on romance and not Chloe's dance background.

    Verdict: ★★★½/★★★★★

  • Snjez

    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.

  • Lola

    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

    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 that I can understand.

    This is a road trip story. Chloe has an audition she must attend at a new dance school that could change her entire life, but she’s driving there against her mom’s wishes—actually, her mom doesn’t even know; she would FREAK OUT if she knew. She ends up stuck with her neighbour and ex-friend Eli on the road so her plan is already shifting. But maybe you don’t need to plan everything… maybe sometimes you should just let life work its unexpected magic.

    I liked it. I liked the road trip. The dimensional main and secondary characters. I even liked the conflicts; they felt realistic and appropriate. What I didn’t like as much, and this goes back to my point in the second paragraph, was that I personally felt like the author didn’t think of her readers sometimes. For example, she introduces back-story VERY late, so until that happens, we’re a bit confused as to why exactly Chloe hates Eli and this confusion made it hard for me to understand their relationship.

    It’s as though the author wanted to maintain some kind of mysterious atmosphere that I think was not at all required and actually took away more than it offered. But once back-story was offered, I became much more invested in the story and characters. Too bad it took so long because this could have potentially been a 4-star book.

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  • 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 🤷🏻♀

    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 🤷🏻‍♀️

  • Shay Seymour

    I want to be wherever finished copies of this book are.

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