21469068I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Release Date: Feburary 3, 2015
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co
Source: Publisher (THANKS!)
Rating: starstarstarstarblank_star (4.5)
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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.– Goodreads

Review:

In I’ll Meet You There, Demetrios tells the story of Skylar who hates her life. Her BFF and her have decided to get out of town and all they have to do is survive the last summer before college and then they are out of Creek View. That is all Sklyar wants. To be out of Creek View, away from a town full of memories she doesn’t want to deal with. The town where her father died, her mother found the bottle and lost her own job and where Skylar wants to scream from uncomfortableness and the fact she doesn’t feel like she belongs.

All of that helped this book has a permanent place in my heart. This book contained real, flawed, relateable characters that when the book ended I was sad because I wanted more from the characters, even the ones I didn’t like. The thing is, Skylar wants nothing more than to leave Creek View, she doesn’t want to be the girl who stays, until it’s time to go and she seems to freeze. And one of her BFFs, Chris, calls her out on it.

…it almost feels like…you’re looking for an excuse to stay.–ARC, pg 234

This of course enrages Sky, because she doesn’t want to stay. Really she doesn’t, because who wants to be a typical Creek View girl, until it dawns on her, her other BFF, Dylan is. And the great thing about I’ll Meet You There,  is that Demetrios, also wrote a real, fleshed out book that includes female friendships! MY HEART FOR FEMALE TEENAGE FRIENDSHIPS. Demetrios had the characters call each other out when they do shitty things (like accidentally looking down on the other) but they still love each other at the end of the day..you know like real teenage girls.

Then, of course there was Josh. While Sky was figuring out herself, she was also figuring out Josh. The bad boy from town who went to war and came back completely different. He’s a shell of who he was, he’s missing a leg and he has some extreme PTSD. Through snippets of his worldview, we understand Josh and what pain he went to and how no matter what does he seems to fuck it up and that includes Sky. He just wants to be good for her.

That Josh I grew up around, with two legs and an ego that couldn’t fit through the door? I didn’t love him. I didn’t even always like him. —ARC, pg 361 

Nothing I say will be perfect for this book, because it’s just one of those you have to read. It’s so good and part of me wishes I could go back and read it for the first time. While this is my first Demetrios’ book, I can tell that this won’t be my last. While I’ll Meet You There is not a light and fluffy novel, it’s a real novel that touches on things that affects everyday people. PTSD, a small town and trying to get out of it, friendships, parents, love