Sometimes you read a book that just makes you feel ALL THE FEELINGS for every single character and I’ll Meet You There was definitely that kind of book for me.
Most of the time I was as confused about Josh as Skylar was. He could be this swoon-worthy, caring, attentive, protective guy one day and the next be a complete douchebag. But honestly, aren’t most guys like that? I certainly remember a few from my younger days. But I think Josh just struggled with wanting to do the right thing by Skylar, which meant lots of push and pull with these two, but it’s what makes them come out a strong pair in the end. The growth of their relationship made me swoon at times but it also made me cry. It was so worth it by the end though.
I think their individual struggles broke my heart more though. The moments when Skylar has no money for food… it still makes me tear up. I can’t say I’ll ever quite forgive her mom for anything. When Josh’s thoughts veered to guilt and blame and worthlessness, I wanted to reach in and hug him so tight. These two had it rough.
Josh and Skylar’s town was incredibly familiar for me because I lived the first 8 years of my life migrating between Mexico and Shafter/Wasco, California. My parents were migrant workers who worked in the grape fields in the summers. Those one-highway towns are between Bakersfield and Fresno, California. Heather Demetrios vividly took me back there. I couldn’t help imagining what it would’ve been of my life if my parents had decided to make any of those towns/cities their permanent home.
Overall, beautifully written story and characters. We don’t have enough books about modern-day soldiers and the issues they struggle with once they’re home. I think if there were, we’d all be a little kinder and sensitive to what they’re going through. We also need to have more characters like Skylar, who are real and have real-world problems. In other words, you NEED this book in your life.
So I saw this video on Facebook and it immediately made me think of Josh, so I wanted to share it with you guys…
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt BfYR
Pub Date: February 3rd 2015
Format: ARC | Source: Publisher
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult, Romance, Young Adult
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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.