Hey y’all, it’s been a while, but I’m back with another arc review. Shoutout to Blink YA and Christina June for sending me a copy of Everywhere You Want to Be, which is the swoon-worthy sequel to June’s first novel (which, spoiler alert, I also adored!).
It follows Tilly, Tatum’s older, dancer stepsister on her journey in New York working with a celebrity choreographer, dancing for not only a job offer, but possibly, her future, amid dancer drama, boy drama, and her own guilt.
Like It Started With Goodbye, this book is loosely based on another fairytale, this time, Little Red Riding Hood, but instead of a hood, Tilly is armed with her pros and cons lists and a special red pair of sunglasses gifted to her by her abuela, recovering in New Jersey from an injury.
I loved seeing Blanche again, because she’s the quintessential omniscient grandmother with more than a few one-liners. She even points out the ridiculous notion that all girls are supposed to be nice to each other, even with unwarranted, and that there’s a different between being nice and being civil.
“We are all a little broken. But that doesn’t mean we aren’t still strong.”
Before the start of the book, we know that Tilly is recovering from a potentially career-ending injury that caused her a lot of stress, and she’s still worried about it going into her dancing. Along with that, she meets her match in Sabrina, a girl that seems hellbent on sabotaging anyone to get where she wants.
Eventually though, you begin to sympathize with Sabrina, even though the things she did were pretty unforgivable in my eyes, and I just attribute that to June’s talent in writing.
Over the course of the book, I really related to Tilly, because of her passion. She struggles a lot with choosing the right path of either college or following her dreams, which is a little too real for me right now. The way she sees dancing reminded me of my own passions about writing, something I’ve had since I was young, and while I drifted away from it for a while to try new things, I’ve always gone back to my dream.
“This is everywhere I want to be.”
I loved reading this book, especially because we have a new dynamic between Tilly and Tatum. It’s literally night and day from the first book, and they’re lovey-dovey sisters instead of two people that just happened to share parents and a house.
Paolo did seem a little too swoon-worthy for my tastes, but I’m not a big romance fan if we’re being honest.
All in all, I loved this book. It’s a light contemporary read that’s perfect for summer. AND, Barnes and Noble has copies already out (official launch date is May 1st, so make sure you snag yourselves a copy).
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