I’ll Meet You There – Heather Demetrios – Henry Holt and Co. – Published 3 February 2015
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.
This book blew me away. Swept me off my feet. It is inspiring. Awesome. Shattering. Honest. Brutal. Hopeful.
Skylar’s life is slowly falling to pieces, and her chance to escape Creek View once and for all seems less certain every day. Josh’s life has been torn apart. Returning from the war in Afghanistan he has lost so much more than just his leg. Working together at the Paradise motel brings Josh and Sky together in what starts as a shaky friendship. Skylar becomes a life line for Josh, and he in turn pushes Sky further than she thought possible.
I loved everything about this book. Its harsh reality. The beautiful friendship between Sky, Chris and Dylan. The way I was smiling, laughing, crying, addicted. The romance, push-pull, hits and misses, earth shattering-ness that is Josh and Sky. I love how no one is perfect, in fact everyone is far from perfect. I love how it made me so grateful for my life, my freedom.
The writing in this book is epic. So real and there are some awesome lines. The only thing more impressive is the story itself.
I don’t want to say more, because the surprise of how brilliantly amazing this book is makes it all the more enjoyable. Every now and again you need to read a book like this to remind you why you actually read.
Category: Young adult fiction.
Themes: Romance and love. Military. Resilience. Coming of age. Grief. Social Issues.
Age Guide: Ages 14 and up.
Advisory: Coarse language. Explicit sexual content. Underage drinking.
Published: 3 February 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
Available formats: Hardcover, eBook. 400 pages.
Author Website: Heather Demetrios.