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.
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.