Welcome to Really Really Short Reviews were the name is long and the reviews are short! Because sometimes short is that much sweeter. (Also, because I’m really lazy!) And there might be quotes too (lots and lots)! (Because everyone loves quotes, right?) – KIM IS HIJACKING THIS ONE!
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) (February 3, 2015)
Hardcover: 400 pages
Add on: Goodreads
Rating: 5 of 5 stars
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’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios is a beautifully written story, filled with complex characters who aren’t perfect but you’re rooting for them nonetheless. Josh and Sky have both lived a rough life. Somehow as things get worse for both of them, they’re able to find common ground and solace in each other. Their relationship is not easy, by any means, but it’s real and breathtaking to watch unfold.
For the most part, the story is told from Sky’s point of view, but every few chapters there is a short couple page long chapter from Josh’s perspective. It gives a better idea into what it’s like for soldiers coming back from war. Especially one who has lost so much, like Josh had. What’s amazing isn’t that Ms. Demetrios utilized the two perspectives in that manner. What’s amazing is that she was able to give both characters such a distinct voice and was still able to weave the story together in a way that didn’t make the transitions jarring.
A lot of the issues brought up through the course of the book (i.e. youth drinking, teen pregnancies, poverty, PTSD) aren’t idealized or over dramatized. Instead, it’s an accurate portrayal of teens and adults living in a lower income community and the realities of these situations.
Overall, this is a very real look into lives of these two teens, how they dealt with the hand life gave them, and fell in love. I recommend this book to anyone looking for a good contemporary YA read. Or even if you aren’t. This isn’t a genre I normally pick up, but I don’t regret my decision to read this at all. It was amazing.
Onto the quotes to entice you into reading this book asap!
“I’m totally using my math pickup lines. Works every time.”
“A gentleman never tells.” He got close to me and did his best impression of this telenovela star his mother loves. “Hola, señorita. I just want you to know that I’ve been watching you all night, and I can tell that you’re as sweet as 3.14.”
I got that fluttery feeling that seemed to attack me every time Josh was around: in my chest and the pit of my stomach and in a place it’s not polite to mention in mixed company. What was I supposed to tell her? No, Marge, I’m sorry, but I can’t go to Josh’s house. You see, I’m experiencing a fluttering sensation.
I don’t really know what it means to move on, but lately, with Sky, I’m starting to feel like I want to because when I look at her, I don’t see you or the war or any of the shit in my head. I just see her, and it’s like suddenly I can breathe again after holding my breath for so long.
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