Title: I’ll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Number of Pages: 400
My Rating: Five stars!
Synopsis: 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.
Guys. I loved this book. Holy crap, did I love this book.
This book is on hell of an emotional ride. There were plenty of parts where I found myself smirking, or even laughing out loud. Not only that, but I may or may not have bawled like a little baby at more than one point…
I’ll Meet You There is told in dual perspectives, but it’s mostly Skylar. I honestly think that’s a good thing, because the hardest parts for me to read were in Josh’s perspective. In his perspective, you see him struggling with PTSD, and also are told different stories that occurred when he was in Afghanistan, including various deaths of his friends.
Skylar is dealing with a whole different kind of conflict. Her mom has lost her job at Taco Bell, and has begun a downward spiral that threatens Skylar’s one way ticket out of town. Her story was also heartbreaking, but it just didn’t affect me in the same way that Josh’s did.
This book has stayed with me. I checked this book out from the library, and as soon as I finished it, I got online and bought my own copy. I really recommend I’ll Meet You There to anyone who is looking for something a little deeper than the average contemporary. Be prepared to feel about twenty different emotions at once. I give this title five out of five stars.