Thursday, March 5, 2015

Book Review: "I'll Meet You There" by Heather Demetrios

The thing about Creek View, CA is that no one really leaves.  There is nothing worth much there, nothing to do - yet people get stuck there anyway.  Skylar Evans has done everything in her power to get out.  She stayed away from drugs and alcohol, no boyfriends, focused on her art and school and scored herself a full ride to art school in San Francisco.  All she has to do is work her minimum wage job at the Paradise Motel this summer and she's gone.  But then her mom lost her job and fell off the wagon, and Skylar's future doesn't seem so certain.

Josh Mitchell did get out of Creek View two years earlier, when he joined the Marines after he graduated.  He ended up going to Afghanistan and came home not only missing one of his legs, but also his sense of identity.  He can't sleep, he is angry, and he feels some serious guilt about something that happened in the war.  He's barely keeping it together now, what on earth could his future hold?

Skylar and Josh are such wonderfully realistic characters.  Skylar is something else.  She's the best friend you could have, and she loves with her whole being.  But she's fragile.  Josh is so lost, so human.... and while he might be doing some of the right things to work through everything he's working through - he makes some big mistakes too.

I love them both.  I love this book.   I love this story.  I think I even love their crappy little nothing to it town.  I was looking forward to this book, and it still blew me away.  The ups and downs, the push and pull, everything about this is magnetized.   It isn't an easy love story, but it is so worth it.

Give this to older teens who like a love story that isn't completely swoony (but still has plenty of swoony bits), who enjoy strong friendships between characters, who may have an interest in military experiences (especially post-deployment), or who like to see characters rise above or survive their circumstance.  OK, fine.  I guess I could have just said "give this to older teens...."  because you should.

*****
I'll Meet You There
by Heather Demetrios
Henry Holt, 2015
379 pages
Source:  Library
*****

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1 comment:

Susan said...

I'll keep an eye out for this one. It sounds great!

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