TITLE: I'll Meet You There
AUTHOR: Heather Demetrios
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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.
I felt like I’ll Meet You There was too short. I want more gosh darn it! I want more! It was gritty and real. It wasn’t some stupid cliche novel. It was not a smooth sailing fairytale. It had lots of hardships and problems the characters had to go through and solve. Most of which are relatable, like the desire to leave the place you grew up in for something better. And just as a warning, this book does tug at your heartstrings and can mess with your emotions.
I loved Skylar, aka Sky. She was strong throughout all the crap she had to put up with and go through. She was a good girl, but she still had her faults, and that made me like her even more. But to be honest, I hated her mom. I loved her friends though. I liked Josh too. I felt bad for him, beyond what he had to go through. It was really obvious that his time in Afghanistan changed him – it was like he did a 360 personality wise (from jerk before to nice guy now). There were times when I felt that he was being stupid and I just wanted to shake him, but overall I thought he was a great guy.
I only wish there was more of Josh’s point of view in the book. It felt like I only got tiny tidbits of his perspective. Also, I think his limited POV contributed to the reason why I felt like his backstory was a bit lacking. I wanted to know more and it felt like we didn’t get the whole story about what happened while he was deployed. I think there were some missing puzzle pieces to Sky’s background, but Josh was missing more.
I thought I’ll Meet You There was perfect romantic wise. It wasn’t very romance focused which I loved. I liked how the romance evolved slowly and was no where near something like instalove. View Spoiler » I love how Sky and Josh didn’t really get together until the end. « Hide Spoiler Their romance was cute and it made me smile at times. The ending was kind of open ended though. Although it was satisfying, I would love to read another story about them, preferably set in the future. It doesn’t even have to be a full length book. A short story/novella perhaps? Please, Heather. I need more!