Everywhere You Want to Be by Christina June is available now!
Read my thoughts on this super cute YA book!
From author Christina June comes Everywhere You Want to Be, a modern tale inspired by the classic Red Riding Hood.
Matilda Castillo has always done what she was told, but when she gets injured senior years, she watches her dreams of becoming a contemporary dancer slip away. So when Tilly gets a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to spend the summer with a New York dance troupe, nothing can stop her from saying yes–not her mother, not her fears of the big city, and not the commitment she made to Georgetown. Tilly’s mother allows her to go on two conditions: one, Tilly will regularly visit her abuela in New Jersey, and two, after the summer, she’ll give up dancing and go off to college.
Armed with her red vintage sunglasses and her pros and cons lists, Tilly strikes out, determined to turn a summer job into a career. Along the way she meets new friends … and new enemies. Tilly isn’t the only one desperate to dance, and fellow troupe member Sabrina Wolfrik intends to succeed at any cost. But despite dodging sabotage and blackmail attempts from Sabrina, Tilly can’t help but fall in love with the city, especially since Paolo, a handsome musician from her past, is also calling New York home for the summer.
As the weeks wind down and the competition with Sabrina heats up, Tilly’s future is on the line. She must decide whether to follow her mother’s path to Georgetown or leap into the unknown to pursue her own dreams.
I love reading stories about girls following their dreams. They are the absolute best. You know the kind? The ones that empower you and make you feel like you can conquer the world as soon as you finish reading them. That is exactly how Everywhere You Want to Be made me feel which means it was a freaking amazing read (for me at least). But that is not all. No-uh. This book is also about art (most specifically dance) and books about characters following their art passion are my kryptonite. My KRYPTONITE, I’m telling you. I love anything and everything art related so this story felt even more special to me.
I loved Matilda, the main character. She is such a calm, sweet, nice and mature young woman. She made me wish I could live inside this book just to become her friend because she is the kind of person that supports you, is easy to talk to and is always there for you no matter what. It was easy to relate to her sometimes and some other times… I completely disagreed with her. Unfortunately, it wasn’t all hearts and flowers between Matilda and me. I got a wee bit frustrated with some of the decisions she took throughout her little journey but that is because I would’ve managed things differently not because she was doing things the “wrong” way. I still loved her despite our differences, it was impossible to not love her because she is so dang sweet.
There is a little bit of rivalry between Matilda and a fellow dancer. Just a little bit. Enough to make things a little more exciting and enough to make me lose my mind (hence my frustration). I wasn’t a fan of the fellow dancer because she was big on sabotage and I hate when characters (and real life people) turn to sabotage in order to achieve their dreams or win or whatever. Why can’t people just be happy for one another and cheer each other on instead of trying to bring each other down?! I don’t know! But in the end the fellow dancer won me over… she kind of redeemed herself. Kind of.
Back to the sweet things, there is a swoon worthy romance inside this little book. It is not the main focus of the story but it is a big part of it. It is sweet and innocent and a second chance romance so of course I couldn’t get enough of it and I’m sure you won’t either.
All in all, this is a fantastic YA book. I recommend it to all of you fellow readers who need a little inspiration in your lives. This story will make you feel like there is nothing you can’t achieve. You will meet a lot of wonderful characters and who knows, maybe you’ll end up learning a thing or two from them.
PS. I recommend y’all read It Started With Goodbye by Christina June before giving this book a try. It is not necessary but I recommend you do it anyway because this book might spoil some things from It Started With Goodbye. Read my review of It Started With Goodbye HERE.
Massive thanks to BLINK/HarperCollins for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!
4.5 / 5 flowers