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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

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

I'll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Summary from GoodReads

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.


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REVIEW

Thanks to Tikka's recommendation I was able to read "I'll meet you There" for the first time. I've never read any other books by Heather, even when I knew that she had also published Exquisite Captive not long ago. This book kept me focused on the plot with its funny, emotional monents and the flashbacks from Josh's side. I like how Heather caught the struggle every young person has when his or her future is concerned. Although Josh was very sad as a character, I believe that his actions all over the book were justified, knowing that he lost his leg on the war.


The ending was sweet with the hope for a better future for Sky and Josh who decide to step out of the boundaries of their town into a journey of self-discovery. Great plot and flawed, lovable characters!


About the author:


When she’s not traipsing around the world or spending time in imaginary places, Heather Demetrios lives with her husband in New York City. Originally from Los Angeles, she now calls the East Coast home. Heather has an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts and is a recipient of the PEN New England Susan P. Bloom Discovery Award for her debut novel, Something Real. Her other novels include Exquisite Captive, the first in the Dark Caravan Cycle fantasy series, and I’ll Meet You There. 

She is the founder of Live Your What, an organization dedicated to fostering passion in people of all ages and creating writing opportunities for underserved youth. Find out more about Heather and her books at www.heatherdemetrios.com and www.darkcaravancycle.com, or come hang out with her on Twitter (@HDemetrios) and any number of social media sites.