Review: I'll Meet You There (Heather Demetrios)

The Deets: 

Audience: YA
Pages: 400
Publisher: February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
ISBN: 9780805097955
Genre: contemporary
Source: eARC

I'll Meet You ThereIf 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.

You will either love or hate this book, but I'm pretty sure you're going to love it. It's really hard not to.I mean really, really, really hard not to.

At first I figured I was getting myself into a typical contemporary fiction read. The opening scene was a bit ho-hum and felt cliche to me. You know the scene: good girl at a party full of underaged drinking with her loose best friend and the best guy friend that is a social outcast. I will admit that I almost gave up on the book right then because I was afraid it was not going to be original (and I'm not a huge contemporary fan anyway). But then Josh appeared. I still wasn't sold, but I decided to give the book one more chapter to see what might happen.

This story is told in alternating points of view. You get a bit of Skylar, then a glimpse of Josh. Josh's story is really complicated since the majority of it deals with flashfacks to his tour in Afghanistan. I do not know the author's experience with PTSD, but Josh's story was so raw that at times I could hardly breathe. My eyes tear up just writing about it.

Do not give up on this book. Do not try to box it into a category you think you know. Do not make my original hasty assumptions. I'll Take You There really surprised me. I can now saw I love everything about this book. The characters are deeply flawed and layered. I found surprises on every page. I truly think Heather Demetrios did a fantastic job of showing characters at their best and worst. The struggles they each went through are real. So real, in fact, that your heart will ache for them.

I'll Take You There is far more than a contemporary read or a book about finding romance in an unexpected place. It's a story about forgiving yourself and taking chances.It's a book worth reading.


Alison Can Read said... .

Thanks for the recommendation. I'm a few chapters in and having to force myself to read it, even though I've enjoyed what I've read so far. For some reason I'm not in the mood. But I think I'll get sucked in pretty soon. I love Heather's other stuff.

March 6, 2015 at 5:07 PM
Martika W said... .

I'm a huge contemporary fan, and I must say this book was beyond amazing! I have friends who have served, and are currently serving in the military who are suffering from PTSD, and in my opinion she hit the nail right on the head! Skylar was such a wonderful character, but Josh stole the show for me. Ugh I cried so much reading his perspective. Great review girl, I'm glad you enjoyed it :)

March 11, 2015 at 12:29 PM
Mischievous Reads said... .

I cried so much when I read this book even though I didn't expect to! Glad you enjoyed reading it! Great review!

Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

March 11, 2015 at 2:50 PM
Let's Take A Shelfie said... .

I still have this book on my TBR. I've noticed some mixed reviews online. Your review has swayed me to read it. It is good to know that it's one that I might have to push through, otherwise it may have ended up in my dreaded DNF pile.

April 14, 2015 at 5:06 PM

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