Monday, June 1, 2015

Review: I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co.
Pages: 379
Received: Received a copy from Raincoast Books in exchange for an honest review

Release Date: February 3, 2015
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Goodreads Synopsis:

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.

My Review:

Okay, I have to completely admit that I didn't read much about this book before I read it, I totally judged my thoughts on it by the cover... and I went into it thinking this was going to have a bit of a creepy theme to it..... Yeah, I was really wrong on that front, but despite that error, I enjoyed what I got out of it and am glad that I got the wrong impression from the cover. I am still slowly working my way into contemporaries and I still hesitate on reading too many of them, but this one was a really cute read.

Skylar is different from everyone else in her town, she knows she wants to get out and not have to end up living in a trailer park like those around her, she has a plan and she is determined not to let anything get in her way. She just wants to get through the summer, working her job and save up money to get out and afford to go to school. When everything starts to fall apart at home, Skylar begins to question if she really should leave everyone.

Then there is Josh Mitchell who found his way out of town through the Marines, and ends up having an accident and now seems to be stuck back in Creek View. Josh coming back from the Marines truly changes Skylar's life, he shows Skylar a way of letting loose and just having some fun. What I love about their time together is how he helps her think more about herself and just forget about everything else weighing down on her.

I really liked Skylar's character in a lot of ways, she is someone that tries to put herself first but in the worst situation she thinks about everyone else around her. She needs to be the one taking care of people and she lets that get in the way of what she needs for herself sometimes. Everything about bringing these two characters together was adorable, they are both very broken and as they grow together, they each help the other in so many ways.

As disappointed as I was to find out this wasn't the type of book I thought it was, this book truly turned into a book I quickly fell in love with and I just wanted more to see where their lives would take them.I found this an adorable and at times quirky book.

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