Author: Heather Demetrios
Published by: Henry Holt and Co.
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
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.
“ – a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99.”
And there you have it. That was the deciding factor for me to read I’ll Meet You There. Thankfully, it paid to be shallow and impulsive.
Sky recently graduated high school and has plans to get out of her small town. She’ll attend art school in San Francisco when fall rolls around, but she plans to continue working a motel over the summer. When Josh returns from Afghanistan, they both embark on a journey of healing, love, and growth.
– Skyler and Josh were absolutely beautiful together; I love the evolution of their relationship so much. They’ve known each other for a long time, but it was this point in their lives where they really grew close. They started out as friends, opening up and confiding in each other, and then blossomed into more. It was difficult at times for them to navigate their relationship because of the things they were dealing with individually, but it was authentic and heartfelt.
– Josh’s amputation and PTSD was handled extremely well. I’m glad it was realistic, looking at the darker side of what our men and women who serve in the military go through. Josh’s chapters where short, but they pack quite a punch.
– It isn’t only Sky and Josh’s relationship I love. I also enjoyed the dynamics between Skyler and her best friends, Dylan and Chris. They were best friends since they were little, so it was interesting to see how they were all dealing with starting the next chapter in their lives.
– I jumped on this book because of the setting. I can’t resist books that are set not only in my state, but the same area I was born and raised. Creek View is a fictional town, but there are plenty around here just like it. It’s an area rich in agriculture, and when the blurb mentions “dusty”, believe me, it’s true. There are a couple of things from the book I could nitpick, but really, the author did a great job at painting the picture. And it was nice how Skyler’s view about her home changed throughout the book.
Really, this was a truly delightful book, and I for sure plan to read more of this author.