by Heather Demetrios
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Publication Date: February 3rd 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Genre: Young Adult | Contemporary
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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. (Goodreads)
Skylar has lived all her life in a rundown trailer park in Creek View. The future for most of the girls in her area consists of being barefoot and pregnant, living in the same trailer forever. But that’s not for Skylar. She wants nothing more than to get out of her small hick town and go to college to make something of herself. Unfortunately things don’t always turn out the way we want them to in life, and when her mom loses her job and sinks into a deep depression, Skylar things her plans start to unravel. I really admired Skylar for staying strong throughout everything that she had been through in her young life, and believe me, she had been through a lot. But Skylar was a strong character, always wanting to do what was right for everyone, even when it could cost her what she wants most. She really was such a great character.
Josh, bless his heart, I just wanted to grab him and give him the biggest hug, especially after all the things that he went through in his young life. I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like for someone like him, who had seen the things he had seen, especially overseas. Yes, at times he was a total jerk and sometimes I wanted to smack him for the decisions that he made, especially when it came to Skylar. But despite the flaws, you just can’t help but love him anyway.
I really loved watching the relationship grow between these Skylar and Josh. While it was really complicated at times, you could tell that they really cared for each other. And it was a relationship that grew over time, not insta-love, and it was interesting to see how they changed each other.
This book made me smile and giggle like a school girl, but also had me in tears in some parts. Seriously, this book will give you all the feels. It’s one of those books that will really make you stop and think and appreciate the little things that are so often taken for granted. I pretty much read this book in one sitting, which is rare for me because I don’t always have a lot of time to read lately. But I HAD to keep reading this book, and I finished it all in one day. I loved the story and the characters and I just didn’t want to put it down for anything.
Overall; I loved so much about I’ll Meet You There. The characters, the setting, the storyline, it all blends together to form a book that you will not soon forget. I know I won’t. And I’m really looking forward to reading more by Heather Demetrios in the future.