Title: I’ll Meet You There
Author: Heather Demetrios
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co,
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Summary (from Goodreads): If 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 separating Skylar from art school is three months of summer…until Skylar’s mother loses her job, and Skylar realizes her dreams may be slipping out of reach.
Josh had a different escape route: the Marines. But after losing his leg 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 Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and, soon, something deeper.
Compelling and ultimately hopeful, this is a powerful examination of love, loss, and resilience.
I recently finished Heather Demetrios’s I’ll Meet You There and absolutely ADORED it! It was so interesting to read about Josh, a survivor of the Afganistan war who lost his leg, and the main character, Skylar. It’s been a while since I have read a book that was as touching and heartfelt as this one. Believe me when I say, many tears were cried while I was reading this book. Honestly. It’s that touching.
There were many great things about this book that I simply can’t express in words. The setting was perfect and it was described so well that I felt like I was with Skylar and Josh in the book. It was the perfect summer setting for a cold, dark winter day and boy is it cold and dark here in Canada. 🙂
I really liked how the cover related to the setting, with the sign for the motel and the pool. I thought this was really interesting, because to me, it was kind of like I was a tourist about to visit the motel, standing in the parking lot looking at the sign. It just looks beautiful, in my opinion.
I’ll Meet You There is one of the only YA books that I can think of and have read that incorporates a sensitive topic like the military and war. I think that this is such a great example of this type of book, because it is fun and fresh, yet so sad and dark. I can’t imagine what it would be like having been a survivor of war and having to live with the haunting memories of the traumatic battlefield forever. I also can’t imagine what it would be like to live in a trailer with nothing but crackers to eat for dinner. In the book, Skylar says that she can’t dream of being one of those kids sitting in the backseat of a minivan with their feet up while watching a movie. This is really sad to me, because I have been fortunate enough to have all these nice things and books to read while other people have almost nothing. This book really teaches you to appreciate the little things in life and to be grateful for what you have.
Finally, the author’s note and acknowledgements at the end were so sweet. I know, this isn’t really part of the actual story, but the fact that Heather Demetrios took the time to thank those who have served is so thoughtful! It shows that she cares about her country and is taking the time to think about how hard it must be, not only for those serving, but their families during their time away. I just thought that this small act was very kind. I’m sure I’m not the only one who appreciates this.
Evidently, I’ll Meet You There is a very unique and touching book. If you haven’t read it yet, be sure to add it to your TBR right away! But, be sure to have a box of tissues nearby… You’ll need them. 🙂