Best Fiction for Young Adults (#BFYA2024) Featured Review: Where You See Yourself by Claire Forrest

  • I Kick and I Fly
  • by Ruchira Gupta
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Release date: April 18, 2023
  • ISBN: 9781338825091

Effie is a high school senior with a lot on her mind. Not only is she trying to decide which college she wants to attend next year, but she is crushing on the nice boy from class and she has to deal with the frustrating ableist administration at her high school. Effie has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, and her school doesn’t even have a working automatic door button.

Effie’s senior year is fraught with challenges and big changes, but also filled with lovely friendships and fierce bravery. Effie visits different college campuses to determine where she wants to attend, but unlike her friends, she must also determine how accessible each college is for wheelchair users and take that into account during her decision making process. Additionally, her mom is taking a step back with the hope it encourages Effie to advocate for herself to help prepare her for college, all while Effie is just trying to participate in fun senior year activities with her friends. This is a thoughtful #ownvoices story.

Teen readers who enjoy stories about finding their voice, getting ready for college or a sweet romance should pick this up. Where You See Yourself would make a great choice for those who enjoyed You, Me, and Our Heartstrings by Melissa See and for readers who want to learn more about advocacy for people with disabilities. This book would pair well with Judith Huemann’s memoir Rolling Warrior: The incredible, sometimes awkward, true story of a rebel girl on wheels who helped spark a revolution.

– Allison Riggs

Other Nominated Titles

The Selected Lists teams read throughout the year in search of the best titles published in their respective categories. Once a book is suggested (either internally or through the title suggestion form), it must pass through a review process to be designated an official nomination.

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