I'll Meet You There

Author: Heather Demetrios 
Pages: 400 
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co. 
Format: Hardcover 
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Summary (from Goodreads): 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.

My Summary: Skylar and Josh are two very different people who came from the same place: Creek View, a tiny town in California where dreams go to die. Skylar is a straight-A student, doing everything she can to get herself as far away from Creek View as possible. And it seems like she's succeeded: she has a full-ride scholarship to the school of her dreams, and a one-way bus ticket booked for the end of August. 

Josh thought he'd left Creek View for good when he joined the Marines. But after his leg is blown off by an IED, he finds himself right back where he started. Josh and Skylar never had much in common except their job at a decrepit hotel off the highway, but it is there that they find each other and find out that there may be something in Creek View worth staying for after all.

My Thoughts: I had no idea what to expect when I picked up I'll Meet You There, but oh my goodness I am SO glad I did. This was one of those books that came out of nowhere and punched me right in the emotions. Think I'm exaggerating? I started this book around 11pm ("I'll just a read a few chapters before bed") and ended up being wide awake at 7am, blinking away tears as I stared at the ceiling over my bed. I could NOT put it down, and trust me I tried (I had to wake up at 8:30 for class). 

Josh and Skylar were such relatable characters. My heart went out to both of them as they struggled to figure out what they wanted for themselves and where they wanted to be. I really loved their relationship dynamic and the way they acted together. And even though Josh was a bit of an idiot at times, I was still rooting for the two of them. 

Demetrios' writing was engaging and flowed beautifully. The imagery was so powerful that I felt like I was there alongside Skylar and Josh, sweating in the California sun. Josh's streams of consciousness at the beginning of his chapters were incredibly powerful and had me tearing up more than once. The emotional depth of this novel caught me off guard but I am so glad that I read it when I did.    

Final Thoughts: This has definitely been one of my favourite books of the year so far. I recommend it to anyone who likes contemporary lit, YA and new adult romance, and crying ugly tears in the middle of the night. Check it out!

1 comment:

  1. Great review. This book is on my TBR list. Hopefully I’ll get to read it soon. Everyone seems to love it.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!


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