Author: Heather Demetrios
Category: Contemporary Romance
Genre: Young Adult
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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 was such a heart-touching, beautiful, wonderful, and warming read. I’ll Meet You There was a book that touched me personally on many levels, and one I’m so happy I picked up. Demetrios created characters that felt very real, held personalities that were inspiring, and the plot held a remarkable message.
“It occurred to me that we were the same, in a way. Both of us treading water, pushing against forces we couldn’t control.”
Skylar is a heroine that one just can’t help admire. Skylar life isn’t easy. With a mother who is lost in the past, stuck in a town that feels like a dead-end, and working hard to make something of her life. Skylar tries to not let anything hold her back. Her mission is to get out of Creek View, and to do that Skylar has general kept to herself. She’s a good person, doesn’t get into trouble and stays far away from Creek View boys. But when she encounters Josh, who left Creek View for the military, her life changes and she starts to see things a bit differently.
What I enjoyed so much about Skylar is that she is a person who will do anything for her family. When her mom hits rock bottom again, she takes on all the responsibilities, working, and putting her life on hold to be there for her mom. Though it was sad seeing her struggle with where her life was going, I admired that she kept trying to put one foot in front of the other.Josh really stole my heart. Like Skylar, he wanted more than the dead-end life of Creek View. His only way to escape, though, was joining the military. But that all changed when he lost his leg. What I adore about him is he is a character driven with devotion. Though he does struggle with everything that happened to him (it broke my heart what he went through). Demetrious handled that aspect so well. She captured the broken side of the military; she captured what happens and what one goes in war, and what soldiers face once they leave the battleground. And though he makes mistakes in the book, in the end, he became a really inspiring person.
The connection between Skylar and Josh builds at a nice pace. The connection they develop is one of friendship, understanding, and then love. I also loved and respected that Skylar saw Josh; she saw beyond his missing leg, his military life. She saw him as he is now and he needed that. That allowed them to forge a bond that Josh needed, a bond that ends us saving him in more ways than one. That aspect pulled at my heartstrings and left me with an ache in my heart.
The book is mostly told in Skylar’s POV. But Demetrios unfolds Josh’s story like a journal entry, giving pieces of his past to us. That allowed me to see what happened to him throughout the story. That was wall played out and I felt that Demetrious handled that dynamitic well. The pacing of the story wasn’t too fast or too slow. Everything built nicely, unfolded just right, and came to head just in the nick of time. She handled so much so well. And the character growth in the book was just brilliant.
“She broke through the mess of me.”
I’ll Meet You There was an incredible read. One that touched me personally and left me wanting more of Josh and Skylar. I highly recommend this book to readers who want a story filled with wonderful, inspiring characters, a story line that leaves you heartbroken and happy at the same time and a romance that just makes you blissfully happy. A book that you'll end up keeping close to your heart.