I’LL MEET YOU THERE by Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt, Macmillan on February 3rd 2015
Pages: 400
Genres: Adolescence, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, Social Issues, Young Adult
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If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom--that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she's ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise--a quirky motel off California's dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Reading time 4 mins

I have to admit I bought this book for myself because a bunch of bloggers said it was fantastic. I didn’t think I wanted to read it, but blog after blog said it was great. So I broke down and bought it. I am so glad I listened to my blogger friends. I’ll Meet You There was a great story! I know what all the fuss was about now. If you haven’t read this book, go get it right now.

Sky(lar) has just graduated high school. She just has to get through the summer and then she can finally get out of Creek View. At the graduation party Sky only wants to see one person, Josh the marine who made it out, the war hero. Josh and Sky worked together over the summers at the Paradise Hotel. They are awkward friends because Sky is a virgin and doesn’t drink. Josh is a bit of a slut and parties a lot. Josh doesn’t come back the same person, he is minus a leg and suffers PTSD. Sky may be the only person that can help him, but she needs to help herself. School is slowly slipping through her fingers when she finds her recently widowed mother out of work and out of options. Will Sky be stuck in Creek View forever, and what if she doesn’t want to go anymore?

I really enjoyed this read. The story moved at a great pace, it felt like it went by really fast. The town is a bit depressing, and I could see the recent graduates desire to get out perfectly. We get alternating POVs from Josh and Sky. Sky dominates the story, but it is good to get a feel for what is going on in Josh’s head. Josh is suffering a bit of PTSD from his experiences in the war, and after he lost his leg. His thoughts bring this story the depth it needed to be taken seriously. Although Sky has some real problems, her problems seem really small compared to what Josh is going through.

I really loved the supporting cast in this book. Sky’s friend Dylan who is dealing with teenage parenting, and her mother who is battling depression and alcoholism. This book takes on some really heavy issues but it still brings so much hope. Most importantly, this book gave me really good feels. I was eager for the inevitable to happen. This book had me so wanting for Sky and Josh to be a couple. There was a lot of angst since they are honest with each other but both holding back a lot. The timing seemed really perfect.

It feels really weird to be so in love with a YA Romance. I usually need a lot more from a story. But, I’ll Meet You There was a really exceptional story. So here I am telling you that this book was really great. I am really glad I bought it. If you are a fan of YA anything, you need to get this book.

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About the Author

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real, which Publisher’s Weekly called“

[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut” about reality TV stardom. She is the author ofExquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, as well as I’ll Meet You There. Coming from Macmillan in Winter 2015, I’ll Meet You There is a love story about a young combat veteran and a girl trapped in their small town, both struggling to escape the war at home. Heather is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for undeserved youth. She is proud to have an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts

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