Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

August 10, 2015 Review 36 ★★★★

Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
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Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Source: Borrowed
Pages: 388
Release Date: February 3rd 2015
Genres: Adolescence, Family, Love & Romance, Parents, Social Issues, 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.
This book may be unsuitable for younger readers due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. Note that this review itself does not contain any inappropriate material.
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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.

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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.

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Overall: 4.3

36 Responses to “Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios”

    • Alise

      Something Real and her fantasy Exquisite Captive are on my TBR as well, I’m so excited to read them now. They do! I really hope you like whatever you read by her :)

  1. Vane J.

    Wow, 4.3 is a high rating. I already had this book in my ever-growing TBR, but I’m more excited. I love r and ealistic relationships between characters, and to be honest, it’s been such a long time since I read a good contemporary with romance.
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  2. Allie @ Little Birdie

    Hah, I thought this would be a road trip book 2! Oh well, sounds awesome any way. I love that the characters were so real – this is a huge thing for me. I know plots can be far-fetched in YA, but I at least want my characters to be authentic!

    • Alise

      Right? I’m not sure if I missed a key line but the title seems a little odd. These characters are so realistic, I definitely don’t think that will be a problem here!

  3. Tanya

    This one is so high on my TBR. I bought a hard copy as soon as it was released but I’ve put off reading it… prolonging the excitement because it’s one of those rare books that I just feel like I’m going to LOVE. Great to hear that you enjoyed it so much. It’s getting harder to find really awesome contemporaries lately since fantasy seems to be the genre of choice right now.
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    • Alise

      That’s awesome, I really hope you enjoy it then! :) That does seem to be true, I’ve always enjoyed more fantasy than contemporary.

  4. Frannie Pan

    I absolutely agree with you. What I loved the most about this book was that it was so real and blunt and the characters were not perfect but they grew thanks to what happened to them and I loved every step of the way!
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  5. Valerie

    YES I am glad you loved this! I also loved the fact that it was so realistic, and also that the main character cared for her mother, even if that meant giving up college for her. Ugh this book. So many emotions.

    Awesome review Alise!
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    • Alise

      That relationship dynamic was so interesting, I was frustrated with her mom sometimes but I liked seeing the love. All the feels, for sure! Thanks :D

  6. Rachel @ A Perfection Called Books

    I adore this book so so much. I love the relatable characters and their amazing development and growth throughout the book. There are some strong themes in this novel, and I read a post where Demetrios talked about the inspiration behind the novel. TEARS. so many tears. The romance was adorable, and I’m so glad you enjoyed this one!!

    • Alise

      Me too! That’s awesome, I’ll have to see if I can find that post, I’m really curious now. I think this one had an afterword that talked a bit about the inspiration but I’d love to know more. Thanks :)

  7. Kirsty-Marie Jones

    YESYESYES SO GLAD YOU LOVED THIS ONE! I read it when everyone was talking about it and holy crap, It’s just <3. One of the most real, realistic ones I've read in a while. And get what you mean with feeling like the characters were real, they weren't always nice, or even good people, but in their situations, it is realistic, and they're not really bad people. And I am so glad how Josh was portrayed, because that was the most important part to portray realistically. My only problem with it was WHY COULDN’T IT BE LONGER? :(
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    • Alise

      I completely agree, all the characters felt like real people and everything seemed like it could really be happening out there somewhere. EXACTLY. I know what you mean, now I’m out reading all the author’s books because I want more of her writing!

  8. Charnell @ Reviews from a Bookworm

    I did really enjoy this one but felt torn about it. I hated the homophobic language that Josh would use and I don’t feel like that was ever properly addressed. I just felt like I couldn’t completely like him or root for him when that part of him really disgusted me. But they were so cute and the romance was so adorable that I couldn’t stop myself.
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    • Alise

      I do remember a few things that rubbed me the wrong way but I kind of put it up to the life they lived in the bad part of town, not that it excuses it. Yeah! I’m glad you liked some aspects of this one :)

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