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I'll Meet You There Hardcover – February 3, 2015
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Gr 9 Up—Skylar has planned her escape from Creek View for as long as she can remember. She wants to go to an art college in San Francisco. The teen hopes that nothing will stop her, but when her unstable mother loses her job at Taco Bell, Skylar sees her plans get more distant. Another hurdle to her departure is a growing attraction to a young man she works with at a local motel who has returned to town after losing a leg as a Marine in Afghanistan. Both are searching for their future and are wondering if there is a way to leave their lives but not each other. Sky evades her problems through her paper collage projects, and Josh through whiskey and random hookups. The relationship gives each of them some stability, but goes through more than one rough patch. Teens who know someone who has returned from the service disabled, or who long to escape a small town may identify with the novel, but most may find it clichéd and reminiscent of many Lifetime movies; this one with young adults as the protagonists. The characters are likable but somewhat stereotyped and one-dimensional. The alcohol use and Armed Services-level swearing make this more appropriate for high school. Add to collections where teen romances are popular.—Suanne B. Roush, formerly at Osceola High School, Seminole, FL
“This well-crafted romance is sure to please fans of contemporary realism, and the witty dialogue may snag a few John Green fans as well.” ―BCCB
“Demetrios' latest will have a huge impact not only on YA fans, but also on booklovers of all ages. Her writing exudes raw feelings, and the characters all have strong, distinct personalities....the balance between giggles and tears will keep your pulse racing till the finish.” ―RT Book Reviews
“*Part coming-of-age, part romance, and part war story. Demetrios' latest is remarkable.” ―Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
“Teens who know someone who has returned home from the service disabled, or who long to escape a small town may identify with the novel . . . Add to collections where teen romances are popular.” ―School Library Journal
“Demetrios again focuses on timely issues, interpersing Skylar's account with short chapters in Josh's anguished voice that relive his painful wartime memories . . . A heady, page-flipping romance.” ―Kirkus Reviews
“Chilling satire . . . Thought-provoking ideas wrapped in an engaging plot.” ―Kirkus Reviews on Something Real
“[An] addictive yet thoughtful debut.” ―Publishers Weekly on Something Real
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You guys. YOU GUYS. I loved this.
I’m talking about a serious book hangover here, my friends.
This book broke my heart, then gave it hope, then broke it some more, but then finally….FINALLY made me whole. I loved this journey. This story touched my soul.
The characters were real, the characters had lives that none of us would think we’d ever want. Creek View was a small town in California that didn’t have much, and seemed like a dead end life for anyone who never left. I could feel the heat, all the dust in the the air. I could picture the Paradise Motel and I adored it. While I’m pretty sure I’d never want to stay there I kind of ended up falling in love with it. The themed rooms, the owner, the pool. I felt like I was right there.
But enough about the setting, let’s talk about Josh Mitchell. Josh is the book boyfriend I dream about. Brooding. Sexy. Confident. Protective. Broken. Sad. But most importantly, he hadn’t given up. He was awfully close, but he never gave up. And that is all because of Skylar. le sigh.
I have 2 favorite passages in this book. The very favorite I can’t share because I want you to experience it for yourself, but let’s just say there was kissing. The 2nd passage was when Josh was looking out for Skylar. I laughed (out loud!), but at the same time my whole body stiffened and I was like, “Josh, you sexy arrogant piece of intimidating man, you.” In the review on my blog I quote it, but here I'm not sure I can because there's some bad language. Just trust me that there are awesome quotable moments in this story.
Skylar is pretty amazing for someone who just finished high school. She has suffered loss, but instead of moving on and looking forward to a life full of promise, her situation drags her down and nearly drowns her. But most importantly, she keeps going and believes the best in everyone. Josh makes a bright spot in an otherwise depressing summer. I loved her drive, her heart, her passion for art, and her honesty.
The romance is amazing. Basically I was clutching my kindle against my heart as it broke, as it fluttered, as it swelled. There were so many times I thought Josh and Skylar would cross that line, but then they’d hold back and I bit my fist, and maybe I even died a little inside.
The story is told mostly from Skylar’s POV, and while we do get a peek inside Josh’s head it was told in a different way, and honestly, the rawness of it was humbling. While this is a story, a work of fiction, the heroes out there, our veterans just like Josh are very real, and Ms. Demetrios did an amazing job at reminding us that we are so lucky to have these people serve our country. The sacrifices the marines, and all other military make are unparalleled, and these people are true heroes.
The ending was perfect. I would have loved an epilogue. (I really would have loved an epilogue). But after the ending (where I expected that epilogue) were all the acknowledgements. I read every single word and was so very moved by it. The author wrote this story from her heart, and it shows.
Would I rec this? YES. Adding this to your TBR would make it (and me!) very, very happy and I promise you won’t regret it.
This is the first book that I've read by Heather Demetrios, but I can guarantee that it won't be my last. This book completely hooked me from the very beginning and it didn't let up once until the very last page. Even then, I found myself going back and thinking about this story. The writing is so amazing and everything feels so real. Sure, the characters aren't perfect, but who is? And they don't have the perfect lives, but who does? No one, and that is one reason that made me love them so much. They are flawed, and they make mistakes, but we all do. The point of making mistakes are learning from them and I feel like they do, that made them feel more real and relatable.
I absolutely loved the characters in this story. Skylar was so easy to like, she's loyal, smart, creative and she knows exactly who she is, and she doesn't let anyone pressure her to be something she's not. Sure, she has flaws, but she's smart enough to not make the same mistakes twice. Josh, oh what can I say about Josh? He is a character that really has a lot going on, he just got back from Afghanistan, minus a leg, and he has a hell of a lot of baggage, but he makes it so easy to love him. I also loved the side characters as well, Dylan, Chris and Marge, they all were special in their own way and I feel like they were all there for Sky when she needed them, and that is hard to find now days.
I'll Meet You There is a wonderful story about finding yourself, learning from your mistakes, and realizing that sometimes your family doesn't have to be related to you. With that said, it's also a heartbreaking story and there are some dark moments when Josh narrates, but his is a story that needs to be told. What he goes through is a harsh reality of what it's like for soldiers and I applaud Demetrios for taking on such a tough subject, and for doing it with such compassion. Josh's story is one that will stay with me for a long time.
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