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This week's question: Do you have any furry friends? 



These are my fur babies: 


This is what it often looks like while I'm busy working. As you can tell, productivity is high. 


 

This is Lilly waiting for her boys to come home. She'll spend the entire day just like this if she's not sleeping next to me in my office. 

 

This is Roscoe. AKA The Boss. He runs the show around here. And yes, he has a sweater AND a coat for cold weather. 


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.


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