Where You See Yourself

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"Where You See Yourself is an absolutely necessary and affirming addition to YA shelves.” –BuzzFeed Books

Where You See Yourself combines an unforgettable coming-of-age tale and a swoon-worthy romance in this story about a girl who's determined to follow her dreams.

By the time Effie Galanos starts her senior year, it feels like she’s already been thinking about college applications for an eternity—after all, finding a college that will be the perfect fit and be accessible enough for Effie to navigate in her wheelchair presents a ton of considerations that her friends don’t have to worry about.

What Effie hasn’t told anyone is that she already knows exactly what school she has her heart set on: a college in NYC with a major in Mass Media & Society that will set her up perfectly for her dream job in digital media. She’s never been to New York, but paging through the brochure, she can picture the person she’ll be there, far from the Minneapolis neighborhood where she's lived her entire life. When she finds out that Wilder (her longtime crush) is applying there too, it seems like one more sign from the universe that it’s the right place for her.

But it turns out that the universe is full of surprises. As Effie navigates her way through a year of admissions visits, senior class traditions, internal and external ableism, and a lot of firsts--and lasts--she starts to learn that sometimes growing up means being open to a world of possibilities you never even dreamed of. And maybe being more than just friends with Wilder is one of those dreams...

Claire Forrest is a novelist and essayist who holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Hamline University. Where You See Yourself is based on her lived experience as a wheelchair user who has cerebral palsy. As an undergraduate at Grinnell College, she was a consultant for the Disability Services and Admissions offices, working directly to address the concerns of incoming college students with disabilities and their families. She now lives in Minneapolis, where when she's not writing, she spends her time swimming and planning where to travel next.


A New York Public Library Best Book for Teens 2023

"An absolutely necessary and affirming addition to YA shelves." -- BuzzFeed Books

"An effervescent, emotional story with all the makings of an instant YA classic." -- Bookpage

"This is a sweet, sometimes funny coming-of-age story with just the right amount of sigh-worthy romance in the mix." -- Common Sense Media

★ "A refreshing upstander story with humor, grit, and a witty protagonist worth rooting for." -- School Library Journal, starred review

★ "Affirming, uplifting, and thoughtful." -- Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "A refreshing and empowering debut. Pitch-perfect rom-com moments bursting with dry humor." -- Publishers Weekly, starred review

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