I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
on February 3, 2015
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult
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.
When I started hearing all the buzz about I’ll Meet You There from fellow contemporary lovers I knew I had to read it. Soon. So I bumped it right up to the top of my enormous get caught up reading pile. I’m so happy I did.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrois is a gritty story from the start. It has a small town, nothing to lose feel. I grew up in a very small town so I know that feeling all too well. There’s lots of drinking and sex and really, lots of unhappiness. But I promise the story is worth it.
The characters are what pulled me in and kept me turning pages. Skyler is a smart girl. She can’t get out of town fast enough. I really liked her. I think she was easy to relate to. My one tiny problem with her was how she lost her head completely when she started having feelings for Josh. I’m not sure why she felt like her life was so one or the other. Things worked out in the end, though.
Josh was a pretty great character. He was so real. Seeing him through Skyler’s eyes and then reading his small chapters really gives you a lot of insight. Skyler and Josh still had a long road ahead of them when the book ended. I rated the book 4 stars instead of 5 because everything didn’t seem completely resolved to me.
I’ll Meet You There isn’t just a romance. It’s about finding out who you are and learning to be okay with where you came from. I’m really anxious to read more by Heather Demetrois now.