Book Title: I'll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publish Date: February 3rd, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Genre: YA Contemporary
Book Link: Goodreads
Synopsis 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.
Disclaimer: I received this e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
I didn't know what to expect with this book. I'd heard from trusted bloggers that it was a beautiful book, chock full of feels. I was definitely excited to be approved for this book, but I was also a bit nervous. It was getting some major early buzz among my fellow bloggers and I could only hope that I wouldn't be the black sheep for this book.
I absolutely love damaged characters. I know that may sound weird, but reading about flawed characters makes me happy because no one is perfect. Everyone has a flaw or an imperfection and having characters in books that are flawed is so, SO much more realistic.
I really liked Skylar a lot. She was so determined to make something of herself. She wanted to get out of the life she currently had. She was also extremely close to her mother which I totally understood as my mom and I have always been very close. So, I understood her instinct to protect her mom and try to get her mom back to the land of the living again when she lost her job. I understood Skylar's fear of leaving her mom the way she was. It was really hard to read sometimes, but I had fallen in love with this story.
"I hate to break it to you, but your mom is an adult woman. How many times are you just gonna drop everything when she loses her shit?"
I understood this feeling as well. I kept hoping that Skylar wouldn't allow her mother's downward spiral to affect her. I was so afraid that Skylar would forget all about her own dreams and stay in Creek View. Skylar had put so much pressure on herself that she had lost some of herself as well.
Yet there was still one thing that hadn't let her down. Pools. She loved to swim or even to just be in the water in some capacity. Swimming brought her peace, even if everything in the world was crashing down around her.
"Pools didn't get you pregnant, and they didn't die on you.Who needed anything more?"
Now, Josh Mitchell was hot. Normally I don't go for military types, but there was more to him than just the military. Yes, he had a bit of a colorful past in Creek View. Before he joined the military, he'd had a bit of a promiscuous past.
"Yes Josh, everyone in Creek View is well aware of your sexcapades."
When he returned from the military, missing a leg, he was different. He was hurting both physically and emotionally. He and Skylar had known each other for a long time, but it wasn't until this summer that they begin working together at the quirky motel by the name of Paradise.
It was their trips to Dairy Queen that really sealed it for me. I could feel things changing between them and I remember hoping that Skylar's growing feelings for Josh would not change her college plans. I had seen too many girls change their plans for a guy and that made me nervous. I loved the outrageous combinations they came up with. Josh's was pineapple & Snickers and Skylar's was Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and mint. That definitely added to the quirky-ness of this book.
"I'm fucking crazy about you!"
I loved the ending so much. I think I cried a small river by the time the book was over, and I was definitely sad when the book ended. Demetrios rocked this story and I'm excited to read her other books. I'm giving this book 4.5 stars. I wish I could give it the full 5 stars, and I'm honestly not sure why I can't. Everyone needs to read this book.