I Wanna Be Where You Are (Hardcover)

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A perfect road trip love story featuring a headstrong ballerina, her over-protective mom, and the bad boy from across the street. You'll be rooting for Chloe from her hometown all the way to the most important dance audition of her life.

— Annie


A debut young adult rom-com about an African American ballerina who finds love on the road to an audition.

"In a world where it's easy to lose faith in love, I Wanna Be Where You Are is a brilliant burst of light. A dazzling debut." — Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Odd One Out

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 chasing her ballet dreams down the east coast—two unwanted (but kinda cute) passengers in her car, butterflies in her stomach, and a really dope playlist on repeat.

Filled with roadside hijinks, heart-stirring romance, and a few broken rules, Kristina Forest's I Wanna Be Where You Are is a YA debut perfect for fans of Jenny Han and Sandhya Menon.

About the Author

Kristina Forest is the author of the Young Adult romance novels, I Wanna Be Where You Are, which The New York Times called, “a big hearted story about being brave enough to go for what you want,” and Now That I’ve Found You, a Book Riot Best Book of 2020. Her next YA romance, Zyla & Kai, will publish in Summer 2022 with Kokila/Penguin Young Readers. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing at The New School, and she can often be found rearranging the books on her huge bookshelf.

Praise For…

"A brilliant burst of light. A dazzling debut." —Nic Stone, New York Times-bestselling author of Dear Martin

"A novel bursting with humor and struggle and heart—and the call to do what we love, even when it isn't easy." —Nina LaCour, author of the Printz Award-winning We Are Okay

"A bighearted story about being brave enough to go for what you want, even when the rules tell you something different. —The New York Times

"This is an engaging, romantic story that explores dealing with relationships, loss, and having the courage to follow your heart, romantically and otherwise." —Horn Book

"A strong debut, recommended for dancers and wallflowers alike." —School Library Journal

"Chloe's arc allows readers to follow her from insecure nightmares to coming one step closer to realizing big and small dreams." —The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

Product Details
ISBN: 9781250294883
ISBN-10: 1250294886
Publisher: Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: June 4th, 2019
Pages: 272
Language: English