ARC Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Posted January 30, 2015 by Bee in Reviews / 11 Comments

ARC Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Pages: 290
Published on February 3rd 2015
by Henry Holt & Co.
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
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Also by this author: Something Real, Something Real, Exquisite Captive (Dark Caravan Cycle, #1), Blood Passage (Dark Caravan Cycle, #2), Bad Romance

If seventeen-year-old Skyler 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 them 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.

Gritty, romantic, and ultimately hopeful, I'll MEET YOU THERE explores the complicated lives of an unforgettable cast of characters. This is the story of teens outside the picket fence. It doesn’t soften the edges of adolescence or the individual consequences of war; it’s life on the fringes—maddening, weirdly endearing…and completely screwed up.

5 Stars

I loved this book. I loved it! It just was so very perfect. From the setting to the characters to the romance and its feels. I read this book in one sitting because honestly, I didn’t want to stop until I knew how it all ended.

I’ll Meet You There is about Skylar Evans. She’s not your typical Creek View girl. She doesn’t want a future that involves a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip and work at Taco Bell. The only thing standing between her and her freedom are three months of work in the local motel. Until her mom loses her job and everything starts falling apart. Josh got out of Creek View by joining the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he has no choice but to return home, a shell of the boy he used to be. Working at the Paradise Motel is what brings them together despite their differences.

I don’t even know where to start with this one! It’s just all so perfect! Okay, the setting. The story is set in a town called Creek View. Heather has built this city so perfectly! It feels so real and I think there are towns like Creek View all over the world. That’s what makes me connect to the story that much more. I just don’t even know how to describe it. I felt like I was right there with Skylar in the Motel, at the Creek,… I was with her every step of the way. I could not put this book down. At all. I read it in one sitting.

The characters are obviously brilliant. I loved them all. Well, not all of them. They were all so well-developed, had so much depth! For the most part I hated Sky’s mom. I thought she was selfish and stupid and mean. And to be honest, I still feel that way. I loved Dylan, Sky’s best friend. I liked Chris but he, too, was a bit selfish at times. I adore Skylar and I really, really felt for her. She’s so compassionate, loyal, caring,… Sure, she has her flaws. One of them is being too selfless. Yes, that is a flaw. She’s ready to give up her entire future to help her mom, which is why I hated her mom in the first place.

But the best part was without a doubt Josh and the romance. Josh made me feel. A lot. He has a couple of short chapters and it’s like he’s writing a letter to someone and it’s revealed to who he’s writing eventually, but his chapters gave the book that extra layer. He’s so scarred, physical and emotional and I loved him so much. He and Sky are so perfect together and I rooted for them the whole time. Definitely swoon-worthy!

If you’re a fan of contemporary romance, I highly recommend this book. I’ll Meet You There has a beautiful setting, fantastic characters and a romance to die for. Seriously, read this you guys. It’s amazing.

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Bee

About Heather Demetrios

Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City when she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. She is a recipient of the Susan P. Bloom PEN New England Discovery Award for Something Real. She’s never been on reality TV, but her grandmother keeps begging her to do The Amazing Race.

Bee

Bee (born as Bieke) is 27 years old and from Belgium. (No she won't send waffles.) She's a strange, nerdy and anxious creature floating around somewhere on the ace spectrum. Oh, and she also writes books as Nelly B. Jones. Or tries to anyway. You can also find her on Novel Ink.

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