Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Genres: Adolescence, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, Social Issues, Young Adult
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 wasn’t entirely sure what to expect going into I’LL MEET YOU THERE; I actually thought it would be a road trip book. It’s not a road trip book, and although I love those, I am not disappointed in the least because I really enjoyed this book and the story it told.
I’LL MEET YOU THERE hooked me right from the beginning as we are immediately are shown what a day in the life of Skylar is like. She is easy to relate to and understand because she feels just like a real person. All the characters do, as they each have their own personality and motives and traits.
All the well fleshed out characters made for a very immersive story. It was easy to begin to care for Skylar and Josh as well as feel their struggles. Once you fall in the love with the characters, the romance is really easy to root for.
My absolute favorite thing about this book is that it is so refreshingly honest and real. I can’t stress that enough. The characters make mistakes and learn and grow from them, journeying through situations that we struggle with in real life as well. The book may be fiction, but the issues it addresses and the message it leaves you with are most definitely not.
Demetrios’ writing makes you feel ALL THE EMOTIONS right alongside the characters. This is not a YA contemporary you’ll want to miss.