I'll Meet You Thereby Heather Demetrios Published by Macmillan on 2015-02-03
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.
Let me first confess me incredible love and fangirly adoration for Heather Demetrios. She is an incredible eclectic writer and she can write both funny but heartwarming YA Contemporary (Something Real), but also deep and amazing YA Paranormal (Exquisite Captive). Of course, I couldn’t get my grabby hands soon enough on her newest YA Contemporary I’ll Meet You there! And I just knew I would love it!!
Emotionally raw and sometimes excruciatingly honest!
What makes this story stand out is that it will not spare you, nor does it spare the characters. There is Josh who was once the Golden Boy at High School and now came back from the war with a missing leg and who lost so much more in this war. He came back broken and now needs to find a way to go on with his life. His story completely broke me, and reading his chapters were so raw that it left my heart raw with him.
I love how Heather Demetrios didn’t just glorify Josh as a character but rather showed us a young man who lost so much and now needs to find something to life for before he drowns in his own sorrow.
It’s relationships that save you – if you let them!
This is a story of loss, grief but of course also hope and healing and how two people try to beat the odds. Sky was a wonderful girl, but also not perfect and came with flaws and issues on her own. She’s not only the saviour but also needs someone to save her as well. How Josh and Sky forced their issues together was beautiful but of course also sometimes heartbreaking to see. In their hearts, they are both fighters, yet some of this spark got lost along the way and together they gave each other the strength they needed!
Heather Demetrios created some truly complicated and complex character and I followed their story with lots of joy and heartbreak.
I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios is a beautifully complex and deep story about love, loss, grief and finding the strength to move on and face your demons. It’s sometimes excruciatingly real, but this made this story even better as Heather Demetrios neither spared her characters nor us a readers! Thank you so much for this story!
I always need hope in books that are filled with so much angst and need, are you the same? Have you read Heather’s other books? If not, I cannot recommend them enough – she definitely is an outstanding writer and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next!
Also, I have Heather on the blog soon for our Love Letter Event, so make sure to come back and read her “Love Letter!