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March 27, 2015

Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

I'll Meet You There

 

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.

add to goodreadsI’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Publication Date:  February 3, 2015
Publisher:  Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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I couldn’t find a trailer, so here’s a song
(that makes my heart cry…)


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MaryAnn-2015I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios was everything I had hoped it would be and more. I was anticipating some sort of insta-love aspect in the book, and instead was treated with a slow burn kinda love story that pulled at my heartstrings, made me laugh, swoon, and cry.

The story basically revolves around Skylar Evans who is on the fast track to getting out of Creek View. With a full scholarship to college, and the opportunity to leave her small town behind, nothing will stop her from leaving…except maybe her mother. After the loss of her father, Skylar’s mom has been down the path of depression, drinking, and not making the right choices. When her mom drops the bomb that she’s lost her job and has started to show affections towards the town “creepy”, Skylar knows that her plan may not be so easy to execute.

The one place (aside from the company of her BFFs) that Skylar can escape to is The Paradise hotel, a “theme” roomed hotel that Skylar has been working at. It doesn’t hurt that the manager/owner is like a second mother to her.

But when a hometown marine comes home from Afghanistan after losing a leg, Skylar’s plans of leaving Creek View starts to eat away at her. How can she leave her mother who can’t take care of herself? And what if the person she didn’t think she’d have feelings for, shows her the side of him that she can’t walk away from?

So, let me start of by saying this…there wasn’t a character in I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios that I didn’t love. They all had their own personalities! Ones where I’m sure that readers out there would be able to relate to. They all have their secrets or flaws, which makes them unique from each other, and makes them all loveable and unforgettable.

What I loved the most about I’ll Meet You There was watching the friendship between Josh Mitchell and Skylar Evans develop. I love stories where there’s a “It was you all along” realization. *le sigh* We watch these two characters grow together and slowly come together, and then the unforgettable “ah ha!” moments. Oh sure, there’s hiccups. What great story wouldn’t have them! Of course Josh ends up showing his douchyside… It just made the story all that more real. We see Skylar, this tough as nails girl, fall and breakdown, and as a reader, I fell and broke down with her! I wanted to gather her up in my arms and tell her that everything would be okay. Oh how my heart went out to her.

But then we witness something so beautiful happen. OMG this book… You know how they say that things happen for a reason? That’s pretty much this book. If “certain event” didn’t happen, then “a different event” wouldn’t have happened, and “this” wouldn’t have happened.

Not only do we get to watch an unforgettable love story unfold, but author Heather Demetrios, also opens the readers eyes to the reality of war and the casualties. Not only the physical pain that many soldiers/veterans have had to (or continue to) go through, but the aftermath of the war as well. She shares the truths of PTSD, and how much it affects the solider, their families and friends, and those around them.

To be able to read a story that transports the reader from a side where a soldier retells his nightmares from the war to a side where love blossoms was so touching and quite an experience.

I would recommend I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios to fans of contemporary reads, and for anyone who craves a story that’s so real and heartwarming that you’ll finish the book with a smile.

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Heather Demetrios

When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books atwww.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.

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9 Comments

  1. I have been dying to read this.

    Great Review!

    Michelle @ Book Briefs

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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Thanks Michelle! I hope you get to read it soon. One of my favs so far!

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  2. What a great review! I can’t wait to read this. The fact that all of the characters are fantastic is so great to hear. It seems like there’s always at least one character I don’t like when I read.
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    Thanks Zoey! The characters really made this book for me. Add in the story line and it’s a done deal :)

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  3. CJ Listro
    3/27/2015

    Great review! I’ve been looking forward to this. I’m super glad to find out it’s not insta-love-y. And, though I’m kind of sick of the small town escape novel, I’m also very pleased that Demetrios is calling attention to the plight of young soldiers.

    C.J.
    Sarcasm & Lemons
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    Thanks CJ! The author does an amazing job of bringing this topic to the minds of YA readers! Hope you get to read it soon, and fall in love with it like I did!

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  4. COMPLETELY understand the love for the “it was you all along” trope. It’s one of my favorites :) And an injured soldier? That’s great, we NEED books to bring focus on the plight of young soldiers returning from war. Great review, <333
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    Chapter by Chapter Reply:

    Right Rhea! One of my favorite type of romance reads. I couldn’t agree with you more about bringing more awareness. Thanks for checking out my review :) I hope you’ll check it out! I’d love to hear if you fell in love with the story like I did :)
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  5. Megan
    3/28/2015

    This one sounds really sweet. I don’t read a lot of contemporary, but I would definitely give this one a try.
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