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Saturday, June 1, 2019

Book Review: I Wanna Be Where You Are by Kristina Forest


Chloe is going to DC against her mother's wishes (while her mother is out of town on vacation) to audition for a Dance Conservatory--her lifelong dream. Her neighbor and nemesis Eli finagles her into taking him (and his dog) along for the ride. Chloe's mom has been overprotective ever since her dad died when she was little, and Chloe's been okay with that until now. But her mother's new boyfriend is taking her on a cruise, and even though Chloe missed the tryouts in Philadelphia, there is a tryout in DC while her mom is out of town. Sure, driving on the turnpike and any interstate is terrifying (and Chloe drives dangerously slow there!) but when Eli invites himself along, he also takes over the driving which is for the best for both of them.

Along the way they'll visit an old friend, resolve their own issues, and come to a greater understanding both of their relationship and of themselves as individuals and what they want from life. This is a fun roadtrip YA novel with a fair amount of ballet (which I took up through college and rang super-true. The author is a former ballet dancer herself.) One thing I really loved is that unlike the usual feisty heroine full of gumption, Chloe is pretty reserved and even fairly afraid in life, but she bites the bullet and does it anyway.

This review is a part of Kid Konnection, hosted by Booking Mama, a collection of children's book-related posts over the weekend.

This book is being published by Roaring Brook, a division of Macmillan, my employer.

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