Book Review – I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
March 26, 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.
This book has been getting RAVE reviews all over the book blogging world. I knew I had to check it out, because I had yet to read a bad review on it. Here are my thoughts in a nutshell:
- First of all, check out that cover. I love that it is unique and unlike any other book cover I’ve seen!
- I love the setting of Creek View, a small town in California with a high rate of poverty. This isn’t a typical setting for a popular YA novel, but I love how Demetrios features a different way of life than many of us have been exposed to.
- I love the characters of both Skylar and Josh. Their lives have not been easy, but throughout the novel you see them come to accept their own individual challenges, and even more importantly, grow in their ability to cope and move forward in their respective lives despite those challenges.
- The relationship between Skylar and Josh is so heart-warming. I love how you see the friendship develop first, and how their feelings build slowly over time as they get to know one another. I also love that the relationship helps each one of them grow as an individual.
- Demetrios tackles many prevalent issues throughout the novel, including military service and the care of injured veterans when they return, poverty, teenage pregnancy, alcoholism, and so much more. The amazing thing is that she tackles all of these issues without judgement and without standing on a soapbox to do so.
- I felt like the secondary characters could have been a little more well developed, particularly the characters of Dylan and Chris (Skylar’s close friends) as well as Blake (Josh’s brother). By the end of the novel, I still didn’t feel as if I knew them quite as well as I should.
- Although I love how Demetrios tackles so many issues without judgement, I also felt that on some level she minimized the seriousness of some of the issues she addressed.
Overall, this is a great read that I recommend. If you are like me, you will be wanting to hear that Demetrios has a sequel planned so that you learn what happens to everyone you meet in this novel!
What did you think of I’ll Meet You There?