I’ll Meet You There
by Heather Demetrios
published on February 3rd 2015 by Henry Holt and Co.
young adult | romance | contemporary
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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.
Warning: Prepare yourself for much incoherency and babbling.
Book hangover (n.): When you’ve finished a book and you suddenly return to the real world, but the real world feels incomplete or surreal because you’re still living in the world of the book. — iciclethe828, Urban Dictionary
So, now y’all know how I’m feeling.
WHO BROUGHT BACK REALITY? GIVE ME BACK MY SKYLAR AND JOSH No, I’m not fine. A warm hug or fifty would make me feel much better, though.
This book just brought out all of the feelings I am possibly capable of feeling. I smiled like an idiot, I cried like I had unlimited tears, I shipped like I actually owned a ship, and I got as mad as the Hulk.
Basically I became totally moody.
Skylar is a heroine you just can’t help but feel for. I don’t know about you, but I’m seriously the most indecisive person on the planet, and I saw myself in Skylar. She had a lot of problems that needed solving, questions that needed answers, and choices that needed solid decisions. Through it all, she had plenty of ups and downs, just like we would if we were in her situation.
Josh. My dear, dear Josh Mitchell.
He’s mine no stealing. Let me tell you this: You aren’t going to love Josh fully. He did a lot of shitty things that will make you want to smash his brains out, but he knows when he’s done something wrong and he’s honestly sorry about it.
Like I said, Josh doesn’t do the right things all the time, but despite that, I promise you that you are going to root for these two to be together
forever and ever and ever. Their feelings were just so raw and real—you can’t not ship this ship. If you don’t we can’t be friends.
Also, the family aspect in the book wasn’t amazing, but rather, completely honest. Sometimes family members will put themselves before you. Sometimes they aren’t sweet outwardly, but actually really care about you inside. I’ll Meet You There explores all of these truthful possibilities.
Basically, what I’m trying to say is: This book. Please read it.
Aimee loves being a little bookworm (okay–she doesn’t like being little). She also loves chocolates and sweets but is freaked out by the thought of possibly getting diabetes.