Writer & Storyteller
PRAISE FOR WHERE YOU SEE YOURSELF
“An absolutely necessary and affirming
addition to YA shelves.”
— BuzzFeed Books
★ “A refreshing and empowering debut.
Via upbeat and honest prose, Forrest expertly communicates one wheelchair user’s challenges of navigating an ableist world. Pitch-perfect rom-com moments bursting with dry humor balance mature reflections on relationships, personal agency, and disability advocacy.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
A 2023 Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year!
"An effervescent, emotional story with all the makings of an instant YA classic."
★ “Affirming, uplifting, and thoughtful.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“With its themes of friendship, identity, and community, this is an ideal novel for readers who are readying for college and for whatever comes next in life.”
★ “A refreshing upstander story that buoys realistic disability advocacy with humor, grit, and a witty protagonist worth rooting for.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
Claire Forrest is a writer of young adult novels, picture books, and essays.
She is a graduate of Hamline University’s Masters in Writing for Children and Young Adults program. Her critical thesis focused on the importance of allowing disabled authors to tell their own authentic stories. Claire is represented by Patricia Nelson of Marsal Lyon Literary Agency.
When she’s not writing, Claire is looking for her next book to read and enjoys swimming, attending concerts, spending time with her family and friends, and befriending every dog she meets. She currently lives on the ancestral and contemporary lands of the Očeti Šakówin and Wahpekute in Minneapolis, Minnesota.