Review | I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

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Review | I’ll Meet You There by Heather DemetriosI'll Meet You There
by Heather Demetrios
Published by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Release date : February 3rd, 2015
Genres: Contemporary Romance, Young Adult
Source: Library | Format: Hardcover
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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.

I’ll Meet You There had me terrified to read for two reasons. 1) Hype. 2) Military. If there was ever a book for me to stay away from for those two things alone, it’s this one.

However.

I am glad I made the decision – after much deliberation – to read this. It’s such a powerful, gut-wrenching, emotionally charged book that left a pretty large mark on my heart.

One thing I want to discuss first is how authentic I felt Josh’s character was. This story was even more powerful to me because of my close relationship to the Military and the soldiers that have touched my life and are now gone. Not to mention, my husband. The battle with PTSD is not an easy one – and being someone on the outside trying to help and put those broken pieces together is not an easy task. Often times, we find ourselves swimming in helplessness too – because we can’t fix it and once we realize that, it’s hard to deal with. Yet, we continue to try anyway, because watching someone you love succumb to those demons is tough.

I read a few lines to my husband from Josh’s POV – and after about the third time – and seeing his glazed expression – I had to stop. That alone, told me right there that his voice, his pain, was accurately expressed.

The building friendship between Skylar and Josh that turns into more felt real and right. I was scared too, because no matter what happened between these two, Josh couldn’t be “fixed.” The relationship will be a life long journey of love, compassion and compromise. The nightmares, skittishness and general zoning out will be something that Josh will always have to deal with. Skylar was right for Josh because she knew she couldn’t FIX IT. She knew that her being there, with him, was enough. It takes a strong woman to be a soldiers girlfriend, wife and even friend, and I know she is cut out for it.

I loved how Skylar remained true to herself, all the while, being a loving, strong and loyal friend. She has so much heart, so much love to give and watching her hurt was just utterly painful. Sure, she made some bad decisions and acted out here and there, but that makes her character so much more real and likable. Also, shout out to the secondary characters. I loved Dylan and Chris.

The ending left on a bitter-sweet note for me. I want more, Heather! Still, where it left off was perfect.

Overall, if you couldn’t guess, I loved I’ll Meet You There. I am so glad I finally made the decision to pick this one up. I was laughing, I cried and closed this book with a smile and a heart full of hope. Skylar and Josh’s story will be with me for a long time to come. Highly recommend.

 

Rating Report
Plot
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Writing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Characters
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Pacing
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Romance
One StarOne StarOne StarOne StarOne Star
Overall: 4.7

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10 responses to “Review | I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

  1. Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros

    HAHAHA. I actually held my breath scrolling down to see your rating. I was like, OHGODOHGODOHGOD don’t let her hate it! YOU LIKED IT! Wahooooo!

    Ok. What you said about Josh’s authenticity is making me tear up because I completely agree. I have never been more helpless watching my best friend’s hubby (and now my own best friend) struggle and see him hurting for friends that never made it home while he did.

    Did you read the Valentine’s letter for Josh that came after? If not, I can take a pic and send it to you. 😀

    Yay for this being a great read for you and still remained true to what you know about the military and soldiers.
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  2. Aimee @ Deadly Darlings

    It’s actually the SIZE of this book that’s intimidating me. D:

    I don’t know anyone personally who has been in the military, but at least now I’m sure about this book’s authenticity. It just sounds so heartbreaking, and I’m ready for that. (I think.)

    Also, I love how you mentioned that the heroine didn’t try to “fix” him. That’s a really different level of bravery from the heroines who DO want to “fix” their men. She’s brave for being accepting, and she’s brave for still wanting to be with him.

    I’m already getting feels from this review! I’m going to make sure I read this one before school starts up in June! <3
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  3. Trish @ Between My Lines

    This one was already on my wishlist but now I really want to get it ASAP. I love that you feel that it was authentically done because I know when it comes to this that you have real life experience. I’m so glad the author was able to capture it so well. Must have been an extra hard read for you because of that though.
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  4. Wendy @ Book Scents

    I’m so glad that you loved this one. I tend to rank books that have to do with the military on what you think now. 🙂 So good to hear that Josh’s voice is so authentic. I’ve had this one and still need to read it. To be honest, I’m a little nervous because emotional books always make me a bit hesitant. They can be draining, you know? But after seeing you love it, I know I need to get to it soon. 🙂
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