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.
From the moment I heard about Heather Demetrios’ newest contemporary release, I knew it was something that I’d have to read. I’ll Meet You There was easily one of my most anticipated reads of the year and although I didn’t enjoy it as much as a lot of people seemed to, it was still a great read!
I’ll Meet You There takes place in a small California town that Skylar wants nothing more than to escape from. Josh comes back to Creek View following a tour in Afghanistan, the summer before Skye prepares to go off to college.
Both Skylar and Josh struggle through different things, especially with Josh having so many issues to work through following the events the war. Although he definitely didn’t always handle them the right way, I just wanted to give him a hug. His chapters were hard to read because of how complicated and messed up his thinking could be. However, I loved the connection Skylar and him had, and how they helped one another work through their issues.
I loved the unique cast of characters in the novel. From Skylar’s best friend, Dylan, to Josh’s brother, Blake, each had a different role in shaping the story and the people around them.
Heather Demetrios has an amazing writing style and the message of how we both treat and are treated by the people we love was depicted perfectly throughout the novel. The struggles in this book, and the lessons the characters learned, felt so real. This novel seemed almost like a snapshot into someone’s life.
Although I enjoyed the tension in Josh and Skylar finding their way to one another and Skye trying to accomplish her goal of leaving Creek View behind, I found the pacing a bit slow and boring at times. I’m somewhat a black sheep in that aspect, but I did appreciate the story itself and the way it was written. I felt for everything that Skylar and Josh endured, Marge- who owned the hotel they both worked at- and even Skylar's mom- something that I thought would be impossible at the beginning.
I’ll Meet You There is a great read and the writing does an amazing job depicting the realities of different aspects of love and war. I’d give it 4 out of 5 flowers.
*Also, Heather is running an amazing preorder campaign that I believe goes through the 14th if you're interested in checking that out! :)